Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Flyers get Amonte from Coyotes before trade deadline



Enquirer news services

The Philadelphia Flyers' sputtering offense got a big boost Monday when Tony Amonte was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on the eve of the NHL's trading deadline.

Goals have been scarce for the Flyers, who have been coping with the lengthy absences of injured forwards John LeClair, Simon Gagne and Justin Williams.

Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke made the deal that cost the Flyers left wing Guillaume Lefebvre, their second-round draft pick in the 2004 draft and Atlanta's third-round pick this season, which the Flyers got in a trade last year.

Amonte was in the first year of a deal with the Coyotes that will pay the three-time 40-goal scorer $24 million over four years. He was signed as a free agent last summer away from the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom Amonte spent 8 1/2 seasons. He was disappointing in his short stay in Phoenix with 13 goals and 23 assists.

"He's not just a scorer. He's got great speed, great hands. He can kill penalties and can be used in the last couple of minutes of a period or a game," Clarke said. "This is a real top acquisition to our club."

The acquisition of Amonte comes days after Toronto, a possible first-round playoff opponent of Philadelphia, made a deal to get Owen Nolan from San Jose.

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. today, but many teams were active Monday when seven trades were completed. New Jersey and Western Conference leader Dallas each made two trades, as did NHL points leader Ottawa and bankrupt brethren Buffalo.

Capitals 2, Flyers 1, OT

WASHINGTON - Peter Bondra scored a power-play goal 21 seconds into overtime.

Robert Lang's power-play goal with 12:51 left in regulation tied it, and Bondra provided the game-winner by taking a cross-ice pass from Lang in the right circle and blasting a wrist shot past Flyers goaltender Robert Esche.

The goal extended the Capitals' run of games with at least one point to eight (5-0-1-2).

Hurricanes 6, Blue Jackets 5

RALEIGH, N.C. - Former Cincinnati Cyclone Craig Adams and former Blue Jacket and Miami RedHawk Kevyn Adams scored in the opening 7:12 and former Cyclone Brad DeFauw added two goals in his NHL debut for Carolina.

Canadiens 3, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Donald Audette scored two goals and Jose Theodore stopped 36 shots and had an assist as Montreal snapped a nine-game winless skid.

Panthers 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK - Viktor Kozlov scored two goals and Roberto Luongo made 40 saves to deal a blow to New York's late playoff drive.

The Rangers are four points behind the New York Islanders, who hold the eighth and final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta - Mats Sundin registered his 1,000th career point and Alexander Mogilny and Tomas Kaberle also scored 38 seconds apart for Toronto.




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