GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes
General Manager Don Maloney
announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Matthew Lombardi
from the Toronto Maple Leafs
in exchange for the Coyotes fourth round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are very pleased to bring a player like Matthew back to our team,” said Maloney. “Matthew is a very strong skater who will add quickness and skill to our lineup. He is an intelligent center who will be a great addition to our team and provides us with added depth at the center position.”
Last season, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Lombardi played 62 games with Toronto, recording 8-10-18 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM).
During the 2009-10 season, Lombardi registered 19-34-53 and 36 PIM in 78 games with the Coyotes. His 34 assists and 53 points were career highs. In 2008-09, the 30-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec played 19 games with the Coyotes (5-11-16) after being acquired from the Calgary Flames
. Lombardi has scored 14 or more goals five times in his career and collected 36 or more points four times. He scored a career-high 20 goals in 2006-07 with Calgary.
In 508 NHL games with Calgary, Phoenix Nashville and Toronto, Lombardi has collected 97-157-254 and 285 PIM. He has also played in 40 career playoff games recording 3-13-16 and 12 PIM.