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2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Phoenix Coyotes Acquire Klesla From Columbus

As per Bob McKenzie on his Twitter, it's now official:

Can confirm that CBJ has traded Klesla to PHX for Lepisto and Upshall.

Rostislav Klesla is a big, strong d-man and really helps fill a need for the Coyotes in the wake of them possibly losing Ed Jovanovski for a length of time due to injury.  Kind of a high price though as Sami Lepisto is growing into a puck moving defenseman role with good speed - at lest better speed than Klesla - while Scottie Upshall is a very gritty top-six forward that also adds speed to the Blue Jackets lineup.