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COYOTES ACQUIRE HOSSA AND MONTOYA FROM NEW YORK RANGERS FOR SJOSTROM, LENEVEU AND GRATTON

Tuesday, 02.26.2008 / 4:47 PM / News
By Heath Price-Khan
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Marcel Hossa and goaltender Al Montoya from the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Fredrik Sjostrom, goaltender David LeNeveu and left wing Josh Gratton.

Hossa, 26, recorded 1-7-8 and 24 penalty minutes (PIM) in 36 games played with the Rangers this season.  He also led the Rangers with a plus-8 rating and recorded a plus or even rating in 33 of his 36 games this season.

Hossa, who was selected by Montreal in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, recorded 10-8-18 and 26 PIM last season while setting career-highs in assists (8), points (18), and game-winning goals (2) and tied career-highs in goals (10) and games played (64).  He also led the Rangers with two shootout-deciding goals and recorded 2-2-4 and four PIM in 10 playoff games last season.

A native of Ilava , Slovakia , Hossa has registered 31-30-61 and 102 PIM in 223 career NHL games with Montreal and the New York Rangers. He made his NHL debut with Montreal on Jan. 10, 2002 and scored a goal against the New York Islanders. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Hossa represented Slovakia in the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2006 World Championships.  He was also a member of the Slovakian World Junior team in 2000 and 2001.

Montoya, 23, posted a record of 16-8-3 with a 2.54 goals against average (GAA) and a .908 save percentage (SV%) in 31 games this season for the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. 

Montoya, who was selected by the Rangers in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft, has posted a record of 66-34-4 with a 2.46 GAA, a .910 SV% and eight shutouts in 119 career AHL games.  He finished the 2006-07 season with a 27-17-0 record and ranked T-3rd in the AHL in shutouts (6), 5th in GAA (2.30) and T-5th in wins (27).

A native of Glenview , Illinois , Montoya played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan where he finished with a career record of 86-29-8.  He led the team to the Frozen Four during his freshman year in 2002-03 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2003-04.  In 2004, he led Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championship.  The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Montoya was named the tournament’s top goaltender after posting a 6-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA, a .944 SV% and two shutouts.

Sjostrom, 24, recorded 10-9-19 and 14 PIM in 51 games with the Coyotes this season.  In 261 career games with the Coyotes, Sjostrom registered 32-41-73 and 126 PIM. The Coyotes selected Sjostrom in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft.

LeNeveu, 24, posted a record of 9-7-3 with a 2.58 GAA, a .911 SV% and one shutout this season with the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  LeNeveu has appeared in 21 career NHL games with the Coyotes, going 5-9-0 with a 3.38 GAA and a .888 SV%.  He was originally drafted by Phoenix in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft.

Gratton, 25, recorded 5-9-14 and 124 PIM in 38 games with San Antonio (AHL) this season.  He also appeared in one game with the Coyotes and collected five PIM.  In 67 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Phoenix , Gratton has registered 2-1-3 and 237 PIM.  Gratton was originally acquired by the Coyotes from Philadelphia along with two 2nd round choices in the 2006 Entry Draft in exchange for Denis Gauthier on March 9, 2006.

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