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Phoenix And Montreal Make Minor Trade

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Brock Trotter and a seventh round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Trotter has appeared in five games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (American Hockey League) this season, registering 2-5-7 and four penalty minutes. In 2010-11, he appeared in 49 games with Riga Dynamo (Kontinental Hockey League), recording 9-17-26 and 39 PIM.

The Brandon, Manitoba native recorded career highs in goals (36), assists (41), points (77) and PIM (56) in 75 regular season games with Hamilton (AHL) in 2009-10. He appeared in 19 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Bulldogs, totaling 8-11-19 and 14 PIM. 

Phoenix will also receive the Montreal Canadiens’ seventh round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.


The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Nokelainen appeared in five games with the Coyotes this season, collecting one assist. The 25-year-old native of Imatra, Finland was signed as an unrestricted free agent on May 20, 2011.

The 6-foot, 203 pound Stafford appeared in six games with the Portland Pirates (American Hockey League) this season, recording 1-3-4 and six PIM.

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redxblack's avatar

I remember Stafford from his time in Cleveland and the slash he took that knocked him out. Here’s the cutnpaste from wiki:

On December 9, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks, and spent three seasons with the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Barons (later the Worcester Sharks.)

His first pro season ended with an ugly incident. On April 30, 2004, Stafford was playing for the Cleveland Barons against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Calder Cup playoffs when he got into an altercation with Hamilton’s winger Alexander Perezhogin. Stafford cross-checked Perezhogin in the face resulting in them both falling to the ice. As they were getting up Stafford took another swing with his stick, this time making contact with the back of Perezhogin’s helmet. In response, Perezhogin swung his stick into Stafford’s face as he was getting up. The slash knocked Stafford unconscious resulting in a concussion and sending him into convulsions on the ice as well as causing severe facial wounds which required 20 stitches to repair.

Perezhogin was charged with assault causing bodily harm and was given a one year probation as well as being ordered to cover Stafford’s medical expenses and donate a further $5000 to charity. Perezhogin was also suspended for the rest of the playoffs and the whole of the 2004–05 season, the longest suspension in AHL history. Stafford was also suspended for six games for his part in the incident. He made a full recovery in time for the next season.

On July 16, 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings, who sent him to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Stafford played his first NHL game on February 23, 2008, against the Vancouver Canucks. He was recalled by the Wings earlier that day after injuries to Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Chris Chelios. Stafford was awarded a Stanley Cup ring for playing 2 regular season game for Detroit Red Wings. He did not qualify to have his name inscribed on the cup, however.

Stafford was released by the Red Wings after the 2008 Stanley Cup run and on July 3, 2008, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars. On October 4, 2008, the Stars loaned him back to Grand Rapids. The Stars recalled him on March 29, 2009. In the 2009–10 season he was assigned to Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, and helped Texas reach the Calder Cup finals in its inaugural year.

On July 3, 2010, Stafford was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to a one-year contract.[1]

On October 23, 2011, the Montreal Canadiens acquired Stafford and forward Petteri Nokelainen from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Brock Trotter and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/24/11 at 10:16 AM ET

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