The Arizona Coyotes have traded defenceman Trevor Murphy to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Giovanni Fiore.
The deal effectively sees two AHL level players swapped between the Duck and Arizona Coyotes, with the team’s minor league affiliates getting some offensive help.
The Tucson Roadrunners have had a positive first half of the seasons in the AHL, currently sitting second in the Pacific Division, behind the San Jose Barracuda.
Murphy, the player being sent to Anaheim, is a small-framed left-handed defenceman that had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 27 games for the AHL club.
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He had a plus/minus rating of -6 and had taken 26 penalty minutes this season.
There had been some hope that Murphy could develop into an NHL player after he spent a short spell with the Coyotes last season, registering three points (one goal, two assists) in eight regular season games.
In return, the Coyotes receive Fiore – a 6-foot-1, 194lbs winger that spent five seasons playing in the QMJHL before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ducks in 2017.
In 281 QMJHL regular season games, Fiore earned 114 goals and 224 total points – adding a further 32 points (18G-14A) in 38 playoff appearances.
Since joining the Ducks organisation, he has featured in 88 games in the AHL and has made just one appearance with the NHL club.
For the San Diego Gulls, Fiore has registered 24 goals and 41 total points – with 11 of his points coming this season alone.
The move makes sense for the Roadrunners, who have another eight defencemen already on their books, with Kyle Capobianco leading the team in total points with 23 (four goals, 19 assists) and Robbie Russo also performing well offensively for the team.
Now the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliates have an extra option for their offence that could help them have a strong push towards the playoffs.
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