The Phoenix Coyotes have made a major move at the 2011 NHL trade deadline with a team that's competing with them in the tight Western Conference playoff race.
Klesla was the last of the original Jackets, having played a few games with the club during their inaugural season in 2000. He's never known any other NHL organization.
There'd been rumors that Klesla was on the block, and in a trade season filled with defensive transactions, Klesla was certainly a hot property despite never really fulfilling his potential. He's a steady and effective blueliner with some offensive upside. For Columbus, he's been eclipsed in ice time by guys like Anton Stralman and Fedor Tyutin, and he's at an age where "this is the year" potential is history.
Upshall is a key piece in an exchange between goal-starved teams. On pace for about 20 goals this season, he's an energy player who provides plenty of grit. He's versatile, too. Upshall can play up and down the lineup depending on what the team currently needs. Lepisto should be able to take up Klesla's minutes on the blueline, though he doesn't have the same potential that Klesla theoretically does.