The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenceman Garrett Stafford from the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday in exchange for forward Brock Trotter and a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

Nokelainen has one assist in five games with the Coyotes this season. The 24-year-old spent last season with Jokerit of the Finnish League, recording 27 points in 46 games. Nokelainen was originally drafted 16th overall by the New York Islanders in 2004 and has also had stops in Boston and Anaheim. He has 35 points in 194 career NHL games.

Stafford has four points in six games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League this season. In 2004, the 31-year-old veteran suffered a serious injury in the American Hockey League when Alexander Perezhogin swung his stick at his head, leaving him unconscious on the ice. He was originally signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks in 2003.


  1. JoelLeafs says:

    I guess they're contenders now.

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't get it??

    Why not go after Doan or Turris? It's not like this teams building for the future with the signing of Cole, Markov, Gomez, Gionta, and Cammalleri for the long-term? Theirs a lot of age and term in those contracts and their off to a dreadful start.

    Kind of dissapointed.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    probably because teams know that we'd be in a desperate state in trade talks and they would try and take advantage of us ! and with gauthier i'd be scared of teams poaching us for pacioretty,subban  or our top prospects like beaulieu,leblanc etc..! so this trade is pretty minor and helps us a bit and hopefully we still play really bad and continue having a really bad season and we tank so we can draft yakupov, then have leblanc,gallagher beaulieu etc make the team next year!

  4. mojo19 says:


    Nikolainen must be 5'4" thats generally the type of player Montreal goes after. #pu ssies #LastPlace
    Must suck to be climbing the standings to try to catch Ottawa for 14th….
  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    Hey now, credit where credit is due.

    Ottawa's in 13th. 
  6. JoelLeafs says:

    lol @ the twitter jokes.

    I mean #lol@twtrjks

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