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Arizona Coyotes Acquire Joe Whitney From Avalanche

Published On March 1, 2017 | By Jason Harrison | News

The Arizona Coyotes have traded Brendan Ranford to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Joe Whitney.

Brendan Ranford‘s stay in the Arizona Coyotes organization was a short one.

Acquired in the Justin Peters trade, Ranford was presumably tapped to add scoring to a very depleted Roadrunners roster.

Now he’s heading to Colorado and Joe Whitney is on his way to Tucson.

Whitney is a 29-year-old career AHL who has played five career NHL games for the New Jersey Devils. His past scoring numbers are fairly similar to Ranford’s, though Whitney is having a marginally better season than the younger winger this year.

On some level this move is a bit puzzling.

Ranford is 24-years-old, a full five years younger than Whitney. Usually you’d try to keep the younger guy, but perhaps Ranford’s struggles this season have played into this decision.

Brendan Ranford dressed for 10 games with the Tucson Roadrunners, yet did not even record a single point. He scored 59 points with the Texas Stars last season, and 51 points the year before that. In 2016-17 with the Stars and the Roadrunners his production has inexplicably dropped off a cliff.

Perhaps the Arizona Coyotes brain trust felt he wasn’t going to get it back in time to help Tucson’s playoff push.

Whatever the case, the Meeps have added some veteran firepower to replace some of what they lost with Craig Cunningham‘s illness and recovery.

The Tucson Roadrunners have been in a major rut in recent weeks, mirroring the season long struggles of their NHL counterpart.

It’ll take a quick turnaround to achieve what seemed a foregone conclusion in December – playoff hockey in the desert.

Whitney should help with that, and it’s possible that further help may come from the Coyotes after trade deadline day has completed.