Phoenix trades Langkow to Flames

Updated: August 27, 2004, 11:39 AM ET
Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes signed center Petr Nedved and traded center Daymond Langkow to the Calgary Flames for two players on Thursday.

Daymond Langkow

Petr Nedved

Nedved, a free agent, signed a three-year deal with the Coyotes, who acquired defenseman Denis Gauthier and left wing Oleg Saprykin.

Nedved scored 19 goals and recorded 27 assists in 81 games last season with the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. The Coyotes expect the 32-year-old Nedved to thrive on their souped-up power play with recently signed free agent Brett Hull.

"Petr consistently averages 50 to 60 points per season," said Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett. "Signing him as a free agent has enabled us to trade for Denis Gauthier, the physical defenseman we were seeking, and Oleg Saprykin, a young, talented forward who brings additional speed to our lineup."

Last season, Gauthier set career highs in assists (15), points (16) and penalty minutes (113). Saprykin had career highs in goals (12) and assists (17).

Phoenix signed Langkow to a one-year, $2.95 million contract on Aug. 14, just hours before a scheduled arbitration hearing. One of the league's top faceoff men, Langkow had 21 goals and 31 assists last season.

It's been a busy summer for the Coyotes, who have signed free-agent forwards Mike Ricci and Boyd Devereaux besides Hull, traded for forward Jason Chimera and acquired defenseman Sean O'Donnell.

They also re-signed centers Mike Comrie and Krystofer Kolanos, goalie Brent Johnson and forwards Mike Johnson and Ladislav Nagy.

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