Coyotes Acquire Lombardi from Toronto

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 8:01 PM Phoenix Coyotes

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Coyotes fourth round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Lombardi played 62 games with Toronto, recording 8-10-18 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM).

"We are very pleased to bring a player like Matthew back to our team,” said Maloney. “Matthew is a very strong skater who will add quickness and skill to our lineup. He is an intelligent center who will be a great addition to our team and provides us with added depth at the center position."

During the 2009-10 season, Lombardi registered 19-34-53 and 36 PIM in 78 games with the Coyotes. His 34 assists and 53 points were career highs. In 2008-09, the 30-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec played 19 games with the Coyotes (5-11-16) after being acquired from the Calgary Flames. Lombardi has scored 14 or more goals five times in his career and collected 36 or more pints four times. He scored a career-high 20 goals in 2006-07 with Calgary.

In 508 NHL games with Calgary, Phoenix Nashville and Toronto, Lombardi has collected 97-157-254 and 285 PIM. He has also played in 40 career playoff games recording 3-13-16 and 12 PIM.

The Coyotes will open the 2012-13 NHL regular season on Saturday, January 19 at Dallas. The team returns home the following night (Sunday, January 20) for their home opener versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena.

For ticket information, please visit www.PhoenixCoyotes.com or call 480-563-PUCK (7825).

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