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2012 Trade Deadline

Panthers satisfied with pre-deadline moves

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 4:39 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

"We had identified what we wanted to add to our lineup and we were unable to get exactly what we wanted to get without mortgaging our future. We tried and tried to keep improving and adding."
-- Panthers GM Dale Tallon

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers didn't make any trades on Monday, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Unlike last year, though, they were looking to add players instead of trying to shed salary and accumulate draft picks.

"We made a lot of phone calls," GM Dale Tallon said Monday afternoon at the BankAtlantic Center. "We had identified what we wanted to add to our lineup and we were unable to get exactly what we wanted to get without mortgaging our future. We tried and tried to keep improving and adding. There's just not a lot of activity today."

It was quite a contrast from last year's trade deadline, when the Panthers made four deals, all of them involving sending a veteran for picks or younger players. Leaving the Panthers that day were forwards Radek Dvorak and Chris Higgins as well as defensemen Bryan Allen and Dennis Wideman.

Sabres land Hodgson in four-player deal

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 4:26 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Cody Hodgson is a leading candidate for the Calder Trophy, a highly skilled center with all kinds of offensive upside. He just wasn't the right fit for the Vancouver Canucks anymore.

In a shocking trade of top prospects, the Canucks traded Hodgson, a 22-year-old who had 16 goals and 33 points despite playing less than 13 minutes a night, to the Buffalo Sabres shortly before Monday's NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for Zack Kassian, another first-round pick with an entirely different skill set.

Vancouver, which had added checking center Samuel Pahlsson from Columbus earlier in the day, also got puck-moving, power-play defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani in the deal with the Sabres receiving spare blueliner Alexander Sulzer in return.

Rangers go big with addition of Scott

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 3:27 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

The New York Rangers acquired the biggest player on trade-deadline day Monday -- at least in a literal sense.

The top team in the Eastern Conference acquired the 6-foot-8, 270-pound John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks to add some blue-line depth in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2012 Entry Draft.

Bruins deal for Rolston, Mottau, Zanon

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 3:17 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

The Boston Bruins waited until just before the 3 p.m. ET deadline, but they wound up adding three players on Monday, 39-year-old forward Brian Rolston and veteran defensemen Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon.

The Bruins acquired both Rolston and Mottau from the Islanders in exchange for minor-leaguers Marc Cantin and Yanick Riendeau. They also picked up Zanon from the Minnesota Wild for Steve Kampfer.

Zanon, who is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed with the Wild on July 1, 2009, may have been acquired in response to the concussion symptoms that Johnny Boychuk is currently feeling. Boychuk missed practice on Monday and is listed as day-to-day after getting hit hard in Saturday's game by Ottawa forward Chris Neil.

Oilers add 'steady, durable' presence in Schultz

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 3:14 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Edmonton Oilers trading popular defenseman Tom Gilbert shocked the dressing room just hours before the conclusion of the NHL trade deadline.

Defenseman Ryan Whitney was trudging off the MTS Centre ice after the club's morning skate when he received word of Gilbert's trade to the Minnesota Wild for Nick Schultz from a team staff member. A look of surprise crossed Whitney's face before he continued his walk to the dressing room. Minutes later, several players sat in their locker stalls watching the deadline coverage on television.

Gilbert logged 47 games with the Oilers this season, chipping in 3 goals and 17 points. In all, the 29-year-old Minnesota native played 384 games with Edmonton and posted 33 goals and 158 points over parts of six seasons.

"I didn't see that one coming, I guess," goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin said after the club's morning skate. "[Gilbert is] a great teammate."

Lightning revamp defense with three deadline deals

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 2:21 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Tampa Bay Lightning made over their blue line Monday, picking up three defensemen ahead of the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

In three separate deals, Tampa Bay acquired Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings, Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators.

Aulie could have the biggest upside of the three additions. Arriving from the Leafs in exchange for 2009 first-round pick Carter Ashton, Aulie has just 2 assists and a minus-2 rating in 17 NHL games, but at 6-foot-6 and 217 pounds, he's more regarded for his defensive-zone play. He had 41 hits and 28 blocked shots in his time with the Leafs this season.

Canucks deal for veteran center Pahlsson

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 2:14 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Sami Pahlsson is going from 30th place to first, as the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded the veteran checking center to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks.

Pahlsson, 34, will be reunited with good friends and fellow Swedes Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin in Vancouver, where he joins a team that has 87 points and is currently first in the Western Conference. Pahlsson had 11 points in 61 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He was averaging 15:02 of ice time per game and winning better than 51 percent of his faceoffs.

"I guess it's nice; it's been a tough run for us (in Columbus) and I just hope I have some good game left," Pahlsson told TSN. "I hope I do; don't see any reason why I couldn't do it again."

The Canucks are Pahlsson's fifth team. He started his career in Boston in 2000, but moved to Anaheim after 17 games and played with the Ducks until 2009, when he was traded at the deadline to Chicago. Pahlsson signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets on July 1, 2009.

Oilers, Wild swap blueliners: Gilbert for Schultz

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 1:06 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Edmonton and Minnesota swapped 29-year-old defensemen on Monday, as the offensive-minded Tom Gilbert is headed to the Wild in exchange for defensive-minded Nick Schultz.

Both players have two more years remaining on their respective contracts, with Gilbert's calling for a cap hit of $4 million while Schultz comes with a $3.5 million hit.

Gilbert has played all of his 384 NHL games with the Oilers while Schultz has played all of his 743 career games with the Wild. Gilbert has 17 points in 47 games this season while Schultz has just 3 points in 62 games, but he's not considered an offensive threat. He instead leads the Wild and is tied for 20th in the NHL with 121 blocked shots.

Schultz ironically scored his only goal of the season on Sunday -- his first since Jan. 2, 2011.

Reports: Jets claim Clitsome, Habs add Staubitz

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 12:33 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Winnipeg has claimed defenseman Grant Clitsome off the waiver wire from Columbus, according to TSN, leading to some speculation that another Jets' defenseman could be in play before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. Johnny Oduya, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season, is the player being tossed around in various rumors.

Clitsome, who is signed through next season for $1.25 million, had 14 points in 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He also had 19 points in 31 games last season after being recalled by the Blue Jackets in January. He was put on waivers Saturday.

Report: Montreal's Kostitsyn traded to Nashville

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 10:46 AM / 2012 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - Correspondent

The Nashville Predators have reportedly made the first big move on the day of the NHL's trade deadline, acquiring forward Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens, according to TSN. Nashville traded a second-round pick in 2013 and a return of the conditional pick involved in a the deal for Hal Gill earlier this month.

Kostitsyn has 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games this year, although he has just two goals in his past 28 games. A first-round pick by Montreal in 2003, he has scored at least 20 goals three times, including a career-high 26 in 2007-08.

He will be reunited with his younger brother, Sergei, whom the Predators added from Montreal in July 2010 for Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd.

It is also the second deal between the two teams this month. Montreal sent veteran defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional pick in the 2013 draft to Nashville for Blake Geoffrion, a second-round pick in 2012 and a minor-league defenseman.
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