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Coyotes acquire Wolski - 03-03-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Well the Coyotes are buyers for the first time in a long time.

Phoenix acquired forward Wojtek Wolski (above) from the Avalanche in exchange for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.

Wolski, 24, has 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists) and is a plus-15 in 62 games. A first-round pick in 2004 (21st overall), is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after 2009-10. He has a salary cap hit of $2.8 million.

Mueller, 21, has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) and is a minus-5 in 54 games this season. The eighth overall pick of the 2006 draft, he is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Porter, 23, has spent most of this season with San Antonio of the AHL. In four NHL games this season, he is a plus-1. Porter is also schedule to become a restricted free agent after this season.

EN Says: We like the move better in the short term for the Coyotes. They get the best player in the deal. Wolski has the ability to hit the 20-goal mark but has been stricten with bouts of inconsistency thoughout his career. He has size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and can play all three forward positions.

Mueller has been a major disappointement in Phoenix, but a lot of that can be attributed to his surrounds. The Coyotes have had a lot of turmoil on and off the ice the past few seasons and Mueller appears to have been a casualty of that situation. Perhaps new surroundings will benefit him. If he can ever put it together, he can be a No. 1 center in this league.

Porter has shown flashes of NHL-caliber ability in his brief stints in with the Coyotes. He is capable of being a second- or third-liner in the NHL.

(Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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