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2011 Trade Deadline

A review of the trade deadline deals

Sunday, 03.06.2011 / 6:37 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

There must be something in Carolina pulled pork that agrees with Cory Stillman. It was with the Hurricanes that Stillman achieved what is almost certainly his proudest moment in hockey, winning a Stanley Cup in 2006, and after coming back in a trade from Florida on Feb. 24 it appears that Carolina mud suits him. Stillman started his second tour of duty with the ‘Canes by scoring twice in his first three games and tallying four points in his first five outings.

Perhaps it just feels like home.

With a week gone since the Feb. 28 trade deadline, though, several other players are proving you don't need to return to old stomping grounds to find new life with a new zip code. For evidence look at Scottie Upshall, who scored in each of his first two games with Columbus, while one of the players he was dealt for, defenseman Rostislav Klesla, lit the lamp in his first night donning a Coyotes’ sweater.

Campoli excited to join Blackhawks

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 8:26 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

Chris Campoli thought he might get traded before Monday's NHL trade deadline, but neither that nor being traded once before made the process any less hectic the second time around.
The first time that 26-year old Campoli was traded (Feb. 20, 2009), the New York Islanders dealt the puck-moving defenseman to the Ottawa Senators. Monday afternoon, Ottawa traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks -- along with a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft – in exchange for center Ryan Potulny and a conditional second-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Both times, Campoli has felt a little frazzled by the news – even though this time, he half expected it.

Caps fill a need with acquisition of Arnott

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 7:36 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In acquiring Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils, the Washington Capitals added size up front, depth up the middle and a veteran with Stanley Cup experience. An argument can be made that the 2010-11 Capitals were in need of all three.
Arnott, 36, waived his no-trade-clause to join the Capitals Monday afternoon, with David Steckel and Washington's 2012 second round draft pick heading to New Jersey.
"We've got a young group, as we all know, and we got guys that have been around a long time," Capitals General Manager George McPhee said of his acquiring Arnott, Dennis Wideman and Marco Sturm in the past three days. "Specifically with Arnott, he's been a captain of an NHL team and he's won a Cup and those kind of intangibles are something that we wanted in the room like we had when we got [Sergei] Fedorov [three] years ago."

Filling hole on defense was paramount for Coyotes

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 7:27 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the second time in six weeks, Phoenix General Manager Don Maloney felt the need to upgrade the Coyotes' defensive depth. And for the second time, the price was one of the top scorers on an offensively-challenged team.

"Up until Jovo got injured, we had been focused on getting help up front. But when he got hurt, we felt very vulnerable on our blue line, especially in the area of matchups and penalty killing. We searched for a top-four-player defenseman who can match up against good players, and we had to give to get." -- Don Maloney

Watching his defense and penalty killers struggle following the loss of Ed Jovanovski, Maloney dealt popular left wing Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto to Columbus for veteran defenseman Rostislav Klesla and minor league forward Dane Byers.

The move mirrors one Maloney made Jan. 10, when he shipped Wojtek Wolski to the Rangers for defenseman Michal Rozsival. At that time Maloney felt his blue line was set for the season, but Jovanovski suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone after a collision with Atlanta's Patrice Cormier on Feb. 17. The Coyotes are 2-2-1 since then and don't expect to have Jovanovski back for the remainder of the regular season.

"Up until Jovo got injured, we had been focused on getting help up front," Maloney said. "But when he got hurt, we felt very vulnerable on our blue line, especially in the area of matchups and penalty killing. We searched for a top-four-player defenseman who can match up against good players, and we had to give to get."

Avs' Sherman content with quiet day

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 7:25 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVERColorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman was willing to listen to possible trade scenarios Monday, but he wasn't all that interested in making any more deals.

"We did what we needed to do about a week ago," Sherman said after the NHL trading deadline passed. "I feel last week we addressed what we needed to do and now we're looking to finish the season here on a positive note."

Colorado's lone trade Monday involved minor league defensemen. The Avalanche acquired Shawn Belle from Edmonton in exchange for Kevin Montgomery.

Senators feel they made best of a bad situation

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:52 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

KANATA, Ont. -- Bryan Murray certainly didn't see himself in this position back in October.

Coming off a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference and with the team returning essentially intact, Murray couldn't be blamed for having a glint of optimism when the 2010-11 season began.

But with only two wins through their first eight games it quickly became evident the Senators would not be meeting any of those expectations and, shortly thereafter, Murray had to shift his focus to rebuilding on the fly.

Teubert fills Oilers' need for young, tough d-man

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:50 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini insisted going into the final hours before Monday's trade deadline that he wouldn't make a trade unless it fit into his team's rebuilding plans.

Tambellini found what he was looking for with Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, trading forward Dustin Penner to the Kings for defense prospect Colten Teubert, a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional draft pick in 2012.

"Over the last, I'd say, 48 hours, discussions with a few teams with regards to Dustin were taking place," Tambellini said. "It became quite evident the return was going to fit into what we're trying to do here.

Lots of action in days leading up to trade deadline

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:24 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Trade deadline day for the 2010-11 season may not be remembered for a flurry of moves, but part of the reason for that is the number of high-stakes deals completed in the three weeks leading up to Monday.

The shopping started a little earlier than normal this season, and there were a couple of frenetic days of deals long before the deadline was near. A few teams have dramatically improved their chances of collecting the Stanley Cup, while a few others have stockpiled a large amount of assets for the future.

In between there were many teams that tweaked their rosters with the hopes of improving their chances and few clubs that ended up being idle. Despite the fact that 24 teams remain within seven points of a spot in the postseason, there were plenty of players available and transactions completed.

Devils feel Steckel quality return for Arnott

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:23 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello was seeking the perfect fit after pending unrestricted free-agent center Jason Arnott waived his no-movement clause for a possible trade to a Stanley Cup contender.

The reason being, Lamoriello didn't want to tinker with the magical ride his team has taken during its second-half surge to earning a possible playoff berth. The Devils are on a 17-2-2 run over their last 21 games and still have an outside shot at making the playoffs with a nine-point deficit to overcome in their final 20 games.

In the end, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee made it possible when he offered perennial faceoff specialist David Steckel and a 2012 second-round draft pick for the 36-year-old Arnott.

"We felt that in order for us to trade Jason Arnott, we had to bring a player into our lineup that would not miss a beat in what our team can bring, the type of team we have," Lamoriello said during a conference call. "It had to be a perfect fit because we don't want to lose anything with what has been happening. We also felt that we should get future (in return) because, at this time, it's important to get as much as you possibly can. If we didn't get this type of transaction, we would not have made the transaction."

Despite recent struggles, Pens quiet at deadline

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:20 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

Turns out the Pittsburgh Penguins' trade deadline was last Thursday, not Monday.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero, who has picked up players such as Marian Hossa and Bill Guerin at past trade deadlines, was on the sideline Monday as he chose not to further tinker with what he believes is an improved team.

After picking up forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from Dallas and forward Alex Kovalev from Ottawa last week, Shero is comfortable with his current roster -- with or without the injured Sidney Crosby.

And if the Penguins were interested in adding one last piece to a team that has scored more than three goals only twice in 13 games, Shero said, "What was available, what the cost was, looking forward I didn't think it was going to be worth it for this hockey team." 
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