Dan Wetzel:

Leafs deal Lombardi back to Coyotes

The SportsXchange

Center Matthew Lombardi has been traded back to the Phoenix Coyotes from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

The draft pick could be as high as a 2014 fourth-rounder while the Maple Leafs will retain some of his salary.

The deal gives the Coyotes depth at a position where they were lacking -- with a player whom the team knows well. In 2009-10 he posted a career-best 19 goals and 53 points.

He then signed a four-year free-agent deal with the Nashville Predators, but played only two games during 2010-11 because of a concussion. He was traded to Toronto last season, playing in 62 games and scoring eight goals with 10 assists.
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