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Rangers, Coyotes swap former AHL All-Stars

The Phoenix Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, have acquired forward Marcel Hossa and goaltender Al Montoya from the New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, in exchange for forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton and goaltender David LeNeveu.

Montoya, 23, is 16-8-3 this season in 31 appearances with Hartford, with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. In 119 career AHL games over three seasons with the Wolf Pack, Montoya has posted a record of 66-34-4 with eight shutouts. The former first-round draft choice (6th overall, 2004) appeared in the AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie in 2006.

Hossa, 26, skated in 36 games with the Rangers this season, tallying one goal and seven assists along with 24 penalty minutes. A 2003 Calder Cup finalist with Hamilton, Hossa recently played five games with Hartford on a conditioning assignment, recording one goal.

LeNeveu, 24, has appeared in 21 games with San Antonio this season, posting a 9-7-3 record along with a 2.66 GAA, a .911 save percentage and one shutout. Originally a second-round draft choice by Phoenix in 2002, LeNeveu has earned 59 victories in 172 career AHL appearances, and appeared in the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie. He has also appeared in 21 career NHL contests with the Coyotes, posting a 5-9-2 record.

Gratton, 25, has collected five goals, nine assists and 124 penalty minutes in 38 games with San Antonio this season, as well as five PIM in one game with Phoenix. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound forward has registered 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points, along with 712 penalty minutes, in 172 career AHL matches, and won a Calder Cup championship with Philadelphia in 2005.

Gratton has appeared in 67 career NHL contests with Philadelphia and Phoenix, recording two goals, one assist and 237 PIM.

Sjostrom, 24, has appeared in 51 games with Phoenix this season, registering 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points. He has skated in 261 career NHL contests with the Coyotes, recording 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points. Sjostrom was originally Phoenix’s first pick, 11th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.