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COYOTES ACQUIRE REINPRECHT & SAUVE FROM CALGARY

Wednesday, 02.01.2006 / 11:54 PM / News
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COYOTES ACQUIRE REINPRECHT & SAUVE FROM CALGARY

COYOTES ACQUIRE REINPRECHT AND SAUVE FROM CALGARY
IN EXCHANGE FOR BOUCHER AND LECLERC

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Steven Reinprecht and goaltender Philippe Sauve from the Calgary Flames in exchange for goaltender Brian Boucher and left wing Mike Leclerc.

The 29-year-old Reinprecht - Calgary's sixth-leading scorer - has collected 10-19-29 and 24 penalty minutes (PIM) in 52 games this season with Calgary.  He also scored 5 power play goals and registered a plus/minus rating of +10.  The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has played in six NHL seasons with Los Angeles, Colorado and Calgary, recording 69-122-191 and 80 PIM in 321 career NHL games.  Reinprecht has also played in 50 career NHL playoff games with Colorado and Calgary, tallying 10-10-20 and 10 PIM.

Reinprecht was a member of the 2001 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche, playing in 22 playoff games.  His two best offensive seasons came with Colorado in 2001-02 and 2002-03.  In 67 games with the Avs in '01-02, he scored a career high 19 goals and also collected 46 points.  The next season, Reinprecht set career highs with 33 assists and 51 points in 77 games. 

Reinprecht began his NHL career by signing with Los Angeles as a free agent on Mar. 31, 2000 following a very successful collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA).  In four seasons at Wisconsin from 1996-97 to 1999-00, he scored 72 goals and 162 points in 154 games.  In fact, in his senior year, he led the entire nation in scoring with 66 points in only 37 games and was named WCHA First Team All-Star, WCHA Player of the Year and NCAA West First All-American Team.

The 25-year-old Sauve has played in 8 games this season with Calgary, tallying a 3-3-0 record, 3.28 goals against average (GAA) and .891 save percentage (SV%).  The 6-foot, 188-pound netminder is playing in only his second NHL season.  Sauve's previous NHL campaign came in 2003-04 with the Colorado Avalanche when he registered a 7-7-3 record, 3.04 GAA and .896 SV% in 17 games. 

Sauve played in parts of four seasons with the Hershey Bears (AHL) from 2000-01 to 2003-04.  He was named Hershey's team MVP for three consecutive seasons from 2000-01 to 2002-03.  The Buffalo, New York native was originally drafted by Colorado in the 2nd round (38th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

In 11 games this season with Phoenix, Boucher has collected a 3-6-0 record, 3.87 GAA and .877 SV%.  Boucher, who was acquired by the Coyotes in a trade with Philadelphia on June 12, 2002, has played in three seasons with Phoenix.  In his 6-year NHL career split between Phoenix and Philadelphia, the 29-year-old netminder has a 74-83-30 record in 199 NHL games.  Boucher was originally drafted by the Flyers in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

In his first season with the Coyotes, Leclerc has played in 35 games this season, tallying 9-12-21 and 29 PIM.  The 29-year-old forward played his previous eight NHL seasons with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.  In 326 career NHL games over nine seasons, Leclerc has totaled 63-90-153 and 280 PIM with Phoenix and Anaheim.  He was acquired by the Coyotes in a trade on Aug. 23, 2005.  Leclerc was originally drafted by Anaheim in the 3rd round (55th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

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