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Flames deal Reino, Sauve

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Steve Reinprecht was a healthy scratch for the first time on the season last night and received worse news after the 2-1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The versatile forward has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, along with backup goaltender Philippe Sauve, for power forward Mike Leclerc and goaltender Brian Boucher.

"It's upsetting," said Reinprecht in the Flames dressing room shortly after learning of the deal. "That's the business side of sports. They've got a great team here and I wish them all the best."

Leclerc, 29, played 35 games with the Coyotes this season, collecting nine goals and 12 assists. Boucher has a 3-6-0 record, a 3.87 GAA and an .877 save percentage in 11 games this season.

Despite being scratched, Reinprecht said he wasn't sure there was anything to read into the situation other than a possible message from GM/head coach Darryl Sutter.

"It was a surprise," said Reinprecht. "Any time you get traded, it's a surprise. It's a transition but I'm excited and looking forward to it."

Sauve, who was waived last week after a poor performance in Colorado, sees a positive future with the Desert Dogs.

"I went through a tough week, that's for sure," said Sauve, who was called out by Sutter on the road trip.

Sutter says Sauve's performance in the 7-4 loss to the Avs wasn't a factor.

"It's not something that happened last week, this is something we've worked on for a long time," said Sutter.

"I wanted an experienced goaltender behind Miikka Kiprusoff with the schedule that we have after the Olympic break. There's no way one goalie can handle all of that.

"I wanted somebody with experience, someone who's won some games in the NHL."


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