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Rangers, Coyotes swap forwards

The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired center Jeff Taffe from the New York Rangers in exchange for left wing Martin Sonnenberg.

Taffe has been assigned to the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes’ top affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Sonnenberg will report to the Rangers’ affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The 24-year-old Taffe rejoins the Coyotes organization after having been traded to the Rangers by the Coyotes in exchange for center Jamie Lundmark on Oct. 18, 2005. This season, Taffe has played in four NHL games, two with the Coyotes and two with the Rangers. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound forward has played the majority of the 2005-06 season with Hartford (AHL), recording 22 points (6g, 16a) and 34 penalty minutes in 36 games.

A 2003 AHL All-Star, Taffe has collected 22 points in 83 career NHL games with Phoenix and New York. He has added 106 points (48 goals, 58 assists) in 135 AHL games with Hartford, Utah and Springfield.

Taffe was drafted by St. Louis in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Martin Sonnenberg is a veteran of nearly 500 AHL games over the last eight seasons.

Sonnenberg, 28, played in 41 games with San Antonio this season, registering 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points, along with 34 PIM. He joined the Coyotes organization on Sept. 2, 2004, when he signed as a free agent.

Sonnenberg has played 458 career AHL games with San Antonio, Utah, Lowell, Saint John, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse, tallying 124 goals and 142 assists for 266 points. He reached the Calder Cup Finals with the Penguins in 2001.

In his NHL career, split between Pittsburgh and Calgary over parts of three seasons, the Wetaskiwin, Alta., native has recorded two goals and three assists in 63 career games.