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Arizona Coyotes trade Trevor Murphy to Ducks for Giovanni Fiore

Dec 28, 2018, 10:20 AM | Updated: 10:21 am
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Trevor Murphy (46) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the T...
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Trevor Murphy (46) celebrates with the bench after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 26, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Friday the team traded defenseman Trevor Murphy to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Giovanni Fiore.

The two players have combined for one NHL game this season, spending their time in the AHL almost exclusively. Fiore skated 7:53 in one NHL game this year with the Ducks but played 23 games with six goals and five assists for the San Diego Gulls. Murphy hadn’t played for the Coyotes yet this year but skated in 27 games for the Tucson Roadrunners and scored five goals with eight assists.

Murphy played eight games with the Coyotes last year and scored a goal with two assists and was a plus-5, averaging 14:14 of ice time per game in the wake of injuries to other defensemen.

According to CapFriendly, the salary cap hits for the two players is nearly equal should either be recalled to the NHL with their respective new teams. Fiore’s cap hit is $701,667, while Murphy’s is $715,000.

The Coyotes will play the Ducks on Saturday night in Anaheim.

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