COYOTES ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
NEDVED SENT TO PHILADELPHIA IN RETURN
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Petr Nedved. In addition, the Flyers will have the option of swapping 4th round draft choices with the Coyotes at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and 3rd round draft choices with the Coyotes at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Seidenberg, 24, has played in 29 games this season with the Flyers, collecting 2-5-7 and 4 penalty minutes (PIM) while averaging 14:22 of ice time per game. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound blueliner has recorded 6-14-20 and 26 PIM in 92 games over three NHL seasons, all with Philadelphia. He also played in 3 NHL playoff games in 2004 with the Flyers.
Last season, Seidenberg helped the Philadelphia Phantoms win the American Hockey League's 2005 Calder Cup Championship. In 79 regular season games with the Phantoms in 2004-05, he registered 13-28-41 and 47 PIM and ranked 2nd among club defensemen in goals, assists and points. Seidenberg then posted 2-8-10 and 19 PIM in 18 playoff games as the Phantoms won the title. In the 2005 playoffs, only three Phantoms players had more points than Seidenberg, who tied for the team lead in playoff points among defensemen.
In the 2003-04 season, Seidenberg played in 5 games with the Flyers and 33 games with the Phantoms. He registered 7-12-19 and 31 PIM for the Phantoms and was named to the AHL All-Star Team before missing the majority of the season recovering from a broken leg. In his rookie NHL season, he collected 4-9-13 and 20 PIM in 58 games with the Flyers in 2002-03. Seidenberg ranked 3rd on the Flyers in shots on goal with 123 that season and was also named to the NHL YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend in 2003.
Seidenberg -- who was born in Schwenningen, West Germany -- will represent Germany next month at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Throughout his career, he has represented Germany many times on the international stage including the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2001 and 2002 World Championships. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the 6th round (172nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
In his only season as a Coyote, Nedved played in 25 games this season and recorded 2-9-11 and 34 PIM. Over his 14-season NHL career, the 34-year-old Nedved has collected 303-388-691 and 644 PIM in 914 games with Vancouver, St. Louis, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Phoenix. Nedved was originally drafted by Vancouver in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on Aug. 26, 2004.
Seidenberg will be available for tomorrow night's Coyotes game versus the Edmonton Oilers at Glendale Arena. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.