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Phoenix trades Langkow to Flames

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

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.