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2013 Trade Deadline

Blues acquire Bouwmeester from Flames

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 11:58 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

The Calgary Flames continue to sell off high-end assets as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches.

Monday night, the club moved defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional first-round pick, minor-league defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra, an unsigned draft choice playing in Switzerland.

The Flames will receive the Blues' 2013 first-round pick if St. Louis qualifies for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the Flames instead will receive a 2013 fourth-round pick from the Blues and their 2014 first-round selection.

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Jay Bouwmeester
Defense - STL
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 15
SOG: 55 | +/-: -11

Calgary GM Jay Feaster said that the Flames initiated this deal, not the player.

"We asked him for his list of teams – he did not request it," Feaster told Fan 960 radio in Calgary. "We did have some conversations with Jay over the past few weeks in terms of where he would be as far as an extension when we're able to sign one in the summer. We just felt that that was probably not a realistic possibility for us. We initiated it from the beginning. [There was] nothing from Jay, other than the fact that he was willing to work with us."

Bouwmeester, 29, has played 750 regular-season games without appearing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has played for the Florida Panthers and Calgary during a career that began in 2002. He has 71 goals and 229 assists for his career.

Thirteen players who could move at Trade Deadline

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 10:24 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The trade deadline is Wednesday and with the standings so tight a majority of teams are still trying to figure out what to do before they're told they can't do anything at all.

Are they buyers? Are they sellers? Are they willing to stay status quo?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have already reeled in three of the big fish by acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray last week. Things heated up again Monday night, when the St. Louis Blues nabbed Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames and Robyn Regehr went from the Buffalo Sabres to the Los Angeles Kings.

However, there are enough players still left in the pool for teams willing to cast a line.

Here are 13 players (listed in alphabetical order) that could be on the move before the clock strikes 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday:

Ben Bishop, Ottawa Senators

Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray is in an envious position with three goalies (Bishop, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner), all of whom he thinks can play at the NHL level. Bishop may be the most expendable of the trio because he is not yet considered a No. 1 like Anderson and he isn't a top prospect ready to carry more of a load in the NHL like Lehner.

Blackhawks acquire Handzus from Sharks

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 9:23 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman talked about looking for depth guys to bolster his roster with the trade deadline approaching. He got one by acquiring veteran center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks, the Hawks announced Monday evening.

The Sharks will receive a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft in return.

Handzus, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season, has only two points and is a minus-9 in 28 games this season. However, Handzus is winning better than 55 percent of his faceoffs, a key need for the Blackhawks, who are 18th in the League in faceoffs at 49.9 percent.

Rutherford won't mortgage future on rental

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 7:40 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL – Injuries at this time of year make it difficult for any general manager to make a proper evaluation of his team as it approaches the trade deadline.

Just ask Jim Rutherford.

The Carolina Hurricanes general manager is expecting the return of top defenseman Justin Faulk perhaps as early as this weekend, and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti is skating with the team while Tuomo Ruutu is day-to-day with a groin injury after missing the first 29 games recovering from hip surgery.

"We're open to doing something," Rutherford told Monday prior to his Hurricanes facing the Montreal Canadiens. "The big thing for us is just to get healthy. That would be as good as any trade we can make right now, but we can only get the players back when they're ready to come back."

Cap space, CBA experts play key role at Deadline

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 6:02 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Ryan Martin of the Detroit Red Wings traveled an interesting road to his front-office position with the club in 2005. Shortly after the announcement of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between team owners and players introduced a salary cap, the skills developed by Martin during a career as a lawyer specializing in corporate and taxation law proved to be a perfect fit as the Red Wings looked for a leg up in getting through the minutiae of a new CBA.

Now, as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches, front-office specialists across the League, like Martin, are hard at work.

"I did a lot of work with spreadsheets and forecasting and budgeting. I always enjoyed working with numbers. Certainly, when I interviewed with Detroit, that was part of my skill set that I marketed," said Martin, the Red Wings assistant general manager of hockey administration. "In 2005, I think a lot of teams made the push. There were different types of hockey personnel people. Player personnel people, lawyers, analytics people. Front offices that used to be two people are now four and five sometimes."

With this year's salary cap set at $70.2 million, teams looking to improve their roster are sure to keep an eye on their cap situation -- especially with next year's cap coming down to $64.3 million. That unique wrinkle can increase the trade value of players whose contracts expire after this season.

Ducks get Zolnierczyk from Flyers for Rosehill

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 4:45 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Harry Zolnierczyk to the Anaheim Ducks, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has one assist in seven games this season for the Flyers. He had three goals and three assists last season, playing in 37 games for the Flyers.

Reportedly, the Flyers received rugged forward Jay Rosehill in return. Rosehill, presently in the American Hockey League with Norfolk, played parts of three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old has two goals and three assists in 72 career games. He also has 198 penalty minutes.

Prospects, picks coming back in trades can pay off

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 3:20 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

In a span of five days last week, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero dealt three prospects, three draft picks and one conditional pick for three veteran players in three separate deals in an attempt to shore up his roster for the stretch run.

While everyone is familiar with the veteran players the Penguins acquired in forwards Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray, it remains to be seen if the teams receiving those potential blue chip prospects and draft picks will ultimately hit the jackpot.

It's not unusual to see these types of deals gaining attention leading up to the National Hockey League Trade Deadline, particularly this season with just a dozen games left in the regular season for a majority of clubs. Still, the warp speed with which Shero made them is not only a credit to the GM himself, but his entire scouting department that includes amateur scouting director Jay Heinbuck and director of pro scouting Derek Clancey.

Blues get defenseman Leopold in trade with Sabres

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 5:39 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are on the cusp of falling below the Stanley Cup Playoff cutoff line in the Western Conference, and with the NHL trade deadline four days away, general manager Doug Armstrong isn't waiting around for asking prices to escalate.

The Blues on Saturday acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft that can become a fourth-round pick if the Blues win one playoff round.

Leopold, 32, has eight points (two goals) and is a minus-6 in 24 games for the Sabres this season. The Blues will be his sixth team in a career that began in 2002-03.

With Douglas Murray traded from the San Jose Sharks to Pittsburgh Penguins for a pair of draft picks earlier in the week, Armstrong said he felt the barometer was set and he was ready to strengthen the left side of his defensive unit as a result.

Flyers acquire Huskins from Red Wings

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 1:59 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Saturday before the team played the Boston Bruins.

Detroit will receive Philadelphia's seventh-round selection in 2014 if Philadelphia signs Huskins to a 2013-14 contract prior to Oct. 1.

Huskins is in his seventh NHL season, his first with the Red Wings. He has appeared in 11 games, going scoreless with an average of 15:20 of ice time.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman from Almonte, Ontario has played 310 NHL games, recording 67 points (13 goals) and 173 penalty minutes.

Coyotes and Oilers swap junior prospects

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 6:46 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday acquired forward Tobias Rieder from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Kale Kessy in a swap of junior prospects.

Rieder (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) scored 27 goals and finished with 56 points in 52 regular-season games for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2011-12, the native of Landshut, Germany, scored 42 goals and had 84 points for the Rangers, then led the OHL with 13 goals and 27 points in 16 postseason games.

Rieder was drafted by the Oilers in the fourth round (No. 114) in 2011.

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