Shane Doan, Phoenix: Goal, three assists. An inspired effort from the Coyotes assistant captain who has six points in his last three games.
Ladislav Nagy, Phoenix: Two goals and moments of the electrifying play that has alternately tantalized and frustrated the Coyotes' brass. Brian Savage, Phoenix: A goal and an assist for just his second two-point night this season.
Teppo staying put: Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett said Saturday the team will not trade captain Teppo Numminen before the March 11 trade deadline, adding that the club hopes to sit down with Numminen and his agent, Don Baizley, this summer to discuss a long-term, "Steve Yzerman" type deal that would keep Numminen with the club for the remainder of his career.
Barnett said the club told Numminen "several significant clubs" were interested in him, but that the Coyotes would only pursue those deals if Numminen so wished. Numminen has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, most notably with Detroit, but the Coyotes captain has intimated on several occasions that he would not waive his no-trade clause, in part because his wife, Ann-Maarit, is eight months pregnant and does not want to leave Phoenix.
"It's a nice thing to hear," Numminen said of the organization's stance. "It was a tough week last week with all the questions around. This gives me a peace and let's me just concentrate on my job."
Tough-guy trade: The Coyotes finally may have acquired the nasty defenseman they've lacked ever since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996. Phoenix sent minor league wing Darcy Hordichuk and a second round draft choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to Florida on Saturday for defenseman Brad Ference.
Ference was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks (first choice, 10th overall) in the 1997 Entry Draft. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Calgary native has played in 60 games with the Panthers this season, recording two goals, eight points and 118 penalty minutes. In 167 career NHL games, Ference has recorded 4-24-28 and 432 PIM.
Last season he ranked second in the NHL in penalty minutes (254) to teammate Peter Worrell, but Barnett said Ference brings skill as well as nastiness to the Phoenix lineup.
Ference played six games with Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden, has represented Canada at two World Junior Championships and was a member of the 1998 Memorial Cup All-Star Team.
The Coyotes had talked about Hordichuk becoming a second- or third-line player as his game developed in Springfield, Mass., but that may have been overstating his potential. Ference is expected to make a much greater impact because, Barnett said, he averages 18 to 20 minutes of ice time a game.
To make room for Ference on the roster, the Coyotes sent wing Ramzi Abid back to Springfield of the AHL. Despite 10 goals and eight assists in 30 games, Barnett said Abid was just a victim of numbers and the Coyotes inability to send someone else down without putting them on waivers.
LOOSE PUCKS: Wing Paul Ranheim, who played his 1,000th game March 6 in St. Louis, was honored before the game with a video montage of his career. Among the gifts he received were a silver stick and a Rolex watch.
Coyotes at Avalanche
Outlook: The Coyotes travel to Denver for an 8 p.m. start Monday. The Avs have recovered from a sluggish first half to climb back into Cup contention.