The Phoenix Coyotes made two deals at the deadline, sending Matthew Lombardi to Anaheim for Brandon McMillan, as well as Steve Sullivan to New Jersey for a seventh round draft pick.

Lombardi was selected in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft 215th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Lombardi failed to sign with the Oilers, re-entering the draft where he was picked 90th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Lombardi played in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he suffered a vicious elbow to the head from Red Wings defenceman Derian Hatcher and was unable to play for several months. The Flames eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. During the locked-out 2004–05 season, he played for the Flames affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters in the American Hockey League, after he recovered fully from the elbow, returning to the NHL and the Flames when the league resumed play in 2005–06.

On March 4, 2009, he was traded along with Brandon Prust and a 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Olli Jokinen. After a season with the club, he signed a four year deal with Nashville, only to play two games due to a concussion. With no roster spot available, he was traded along with Cody Franson to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney during the 2011 off-season. In 447 games, Lombardi has record 89 goals and 236 points, including 18th while playing a bottom six role for Toronto. He was sent to Phoenix prior the the NHL season this year.

McMillan began his major junior career with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL in 2006–07. After a 25-goal, 67-point campaign in his fourth season with the Rockets in 2009–10, he was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team. Turning professional for the 2010–11 season, McMillan played 16 games for Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch before making his NHLdebut on November 21, 2010, suiting up with the Ducks for a home game loss against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. He has split the season with the Norfolk Admirals (13 points in 41 games) as well as with the Ducks (1 point in 6 games).

Sullivan was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft ninth round, 233rd overall. Sullivan was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1996–97 NHL season, where he went on to score a (then) career high 40 points during the 1998–99 NHL season.  On July 1, 2011, he signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His early season play was disappointing, but as the season went on, he became better accustomed to the Penguins’ lineup. Pittsburgh had not yet offered him a contract this summer, prompting him to sign with the Yotes.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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