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2012 Trade Deadline

Deadline Diner: Will Coyotes be active?

Monday, 02.20.2012 / 12:52 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. We are now a week away from deadline day, and hockey's swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

COLUMBUS: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is a popular figure among his peers these days. There aren't many teams that can definitely be considered "sellers," but the last-pace Blue Jackets are and Howson has the two biggest names reported to be on the market in captain Rick Nash and Jeff Carter.

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Nash declines comment on possible trade to Rangers

Sunday, 02.19.2012 / 6:27 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Rick Nash
Right Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 18 | ASST: 21 | PTS: 39
SOG: 222 | +/-: -24
NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash offered a pair of "no comment" responses at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening when asked if he would accept a trade to the Rangers and if he could see himself living in New York.

As fate would have it, Nash is town to play the Rangers with the pair having been linked in rumors over the past week since reports began circulating that the Blue Jackets' captain was likely to be dealt before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

"You know, it's going to take care of itself," Nash said when asked if he'd prefer to stay in Columbus or be traded elsewhere. "I'm a Blue Jacket right now. We're playing great hockey. It's fun to be around. It's been a tough year for us. But right now, when you're winning games, it becomes a different game."
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Lightning deal Kubina to Flyers

Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 10:39 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday traded defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for minor-league forward Jon Kalinski and two draft picks.

The Lightning will receive a second-round pick from the Flyers in either 2012 or 2013, a pick previously acquired from Florida (Florida's option), as well as the Flyer' own fourth-rounder in 2013.

Kubina, 34, has been a steady two-way presence on the back end during a career that has seen him play two hitches with the Lightning as well as stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Thrashers. He made the 2004 NHL All-Star Game and was a member of the Lightning's Stanley Cup-winning team that spring.
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Deadline Diner: Plenty of interest in Kubina

Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 12:03 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. We are now less than two weeks away from deadline day, and hockey's swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

CHICAGO: GM Stan Bowman has not been bashful about his desire to add a defenseman before the trade deadline. It appears the market for players at that position has shaken free with the deals by Philadelphia for Nicklas Grossman and Nashville for Hal Gill.

Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald writes about Bowman's search, and what options may still be available.

"It's believed the Hawks were interested in both Gill and Grossman, as well as Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin and Carolina's Tim Gleason, both of whom went off the market after signing contract extensions," Sassone writes. "Hawks general manager Stan Bowman remains focused on adding at least one defenseman before the deadline and there is heavy speculation around the league that Tampa Bay's Pavel Kubina is a prime target.
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Habs like return, but Gill’s leadership will be missed

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 4:49 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens lost a major ingredient to their team chemistry and their League-leading penalty kill Friday when general manager Pierre Gauthier traded defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional pick to the Nashville Predators for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

It was that tantalizing return for an impending unrestricted free agent who turns 37 on April 6 that made this trade a no-brainer for the Canadiens, but Gill's presence will most definitely be missed in Montreal, both on the ice and in the dressing room.

"Great teammate, and friend," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta tweeted shortly after the trade. "We'll miss u in the room! But good luck in Nash. The tough part of this business."

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Poile: Preds add size, Cup experience with Gill

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 4:33 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hal Gill
Defense - MTL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 8
SOG: 33 | +/-: -7
When the Nashville Predators traded for Mike Fisher prior to the 2011 trade deadline, they were a franchise that had never won a playoff round looking to add a veteran with postseason experience.

Fisher helped the Predators advance past the first round for the first time before they were ousted by the Vancouver Canucks in a six-game Western Conference semifinal. Currently the fifth seed in the West and looking to build off last spring's success, the Predators made a similar move Friday when they acquired 6-foot-7, 241-pound defenseman Hal Gill from the Montreal Canadiens.

The price was steep: young forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Stanley and a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. The Predators will receive a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013 if Geoffrion plays 40 NHL games for the Canadiens next season.

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Predators add defensive depth with Habs' Gill

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 2:20 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Nashville Predators added depth on their blue line on Friday, acquiring veteran defenseman Hal Gill from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Predators also receive a conditional 2013 fifth-round pick, in exchange for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney, plus a 2012 second-round pick.

Gill, 36, brings defensive-zone responsibility and a wealth of playoff experience to a Predators group that advanced past the first round for the first time last season.

In 14 seasons, Gill has 36 goals and 143 assists in 1,047 regular-season games with the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Canadiens, and also has 105 games of playoff experience, including back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and 2009. He was part of the Pens' top shut-down pairing in 2009 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.
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Deadline Diner: Stars not 'sellers,' expects weigh Nash

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 12:49 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. We are now less than two weeks away from deadline day, and hockey’s swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

DALLAS: The Stars are one of the teams still trying to determine if they can make the playoffs, or if it is time to look toward the future. GM Joe Nieuwendyk made his first move Thursday, trading defenseman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick in June and a third-round choice in 2013.

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Stars: Depth on D made Grossman trade possible

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 8:58 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars were willing to use some of their depth on the blue line to try to build for the future.

On Tuesday, the Stars sent 27-year-old defenseman Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2013. Grossman is in his fifth NHL season after Dallas took him in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft. The Swedish-born blueliner had skated in 52 games for the Stars this season and had five assists.

Nicklas Grossman
Defense - DAL
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 5
SOG: 38 | +/-: 0
General manager Joe Nieuwendyk said one reason the Stars made the deal was because of how well Mark Fistric has performed at the blue line in the wake of Sheldon Souray's recent foot injury. Fistric's emergence as a consistent presence – along with wanting to get more ice time for Adam Pardy – made Grossman expendable.

"As an organization, we felt that we have some depth at that position now, which we hadn't had in previous years, and made the decision to make the deal that we did in order to give not only Mark Fistric more of an opportunity but to get Adam Pardy going -- and we have some kids that are knocking on the door as well," Nieuwendyk said.
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Lightning deal Dominic Moore to Sharks for pick

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 7:24 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks on Thursday acquired forward Dominic Moore from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft that the Bolts had previously acquired from Minnesota.

Tampa Bay will also send a seventh-round pick to the Sharks.

The trade was announced minutes before the teams met at the Tampa Bay Times Forum; Moore was not in the lineup.

"Dominic is an extremely versatile player that has performed in a lot of important playoff games the last two years," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We feel that he is a great fit in several areas and his veteran presence will benefit our team greatly."
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