Colorado, Arizona swap players

The Colorado Avalanche, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, announced Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Brandon Gormley from the Arizona Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, in exchange for defenseman Stefan Elliott.

Gormley, 23, was the Coyotes’ first-round pick (13th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 27 games for Arizona last season, tallying four points (two goals, two assists). He also played for the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2014-15 where he recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 23 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in five postseason contests.

Gormley has played 149 games in the AHL with Portland and San Antonio, recording 16 goals and 60 assists for 76 points. The Murray River, P.E.I., native also has two goals and two assists in 32 NHL contests with the Coyotes.

Elliott, 24, tied for the AHL lead among defensemen with 19 goals in 2014-15, and added 21 assists for a career-best 40 points in 64 games with Lake Erie. He played in the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic, and also skated in five NHL games with Colorado last season.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of North Vancouver, B.C., has appeared in 199 AHL games, all with Lake Erie, over his four professional seasons, and has registered 43 goals and 52 assists for 95 points. Elliott also has six goals and 12 assists in 63 NHL contsts with the Avalanche.

Eliott was a second-round pick (49th overall) by Colorado in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.