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2014 Trade Deadline

St. Louis eager to begin new chapter with Rangers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 11:40 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Although Martin St. Louis would call it only one of the reasons he eventually asked for a trade, the right wing strongly said Wednesday night that he first came to the realization he no longer wanted to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 7, the day he was left off Canada's initial Olympic roster.

St. Louis was with the Lightning for a game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre when his general manager and Canada executive director Steve Yzerman revealed the 25-man roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics at a press conference in Toronto. Even though St. Louis would eventually replace injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's gold-medal winning team, the feeling he had when Yzerman passed him over that day never went away.

"That day in Winnipeg was a tough day for me," St. Louis said. "I'm an emotional guy. But once the dust settled, I still felt strongly in what I wanted and what was best for me, the organization and my family."

Nearly two months later, Yzerman granted St. Louis' wish to be traded to the New York Rangers.

Wild acquire forward Moulson from Sabres

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:50 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Matt Moulson in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Minnesota also received forward Cody McCormick for forward Torrey Mitchell, a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired from the Winnipeg Jets), and a second-round pick in 2016.

Moulson was one of the top players expected to be available on NHL Trade Deadline day. He has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games this season, which began with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres as part of a deal for Thomas Vanek in late October.

'I think the rumors out there had me traded about 300 times before the time I even got to Buffalo," Moulson told the Wild website Wednesday. "It's tough not to look at, but I'm extremely happy I ended up in Minnesota and thankful [for] everything the Sabres did for me this year, but it's great to be a part of the Wild."

Canadiens make bold move trading for Vanek

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:40 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has often stated his approach to the NHL Trade Deadline is one rooted in prudence because it's a day when a franchise can sink itself long-term in an effort to improve short-term.

With the Eastern Conference looking wide open this season, Bergevin decided to throw caution to the wind.

He landed perhaps the best scorer available on the market Wednesday, forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders, in a trade for forward prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Islanders announced they get the second-round pick only if the Canadiens make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, in which case New York's fifth-round pick in 2014 will go to Montreal.

Red Wings add longtime Predators forward Legwand

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:34 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

The Detroit Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators in a trade Wednesday for forward Patrick Eaves, prospect Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round draft choice.

Legwand, who has played his entire 15-season NHL career with the Predators, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Legwand, who grew up in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods, waived his no-trade clause to join the Red Wings.

"We’ve acquired a local boy, so we’re thinking if we want to keep the player beyond this year we think it's a very reasonable to happen," Detroit general manager Ken Holland told the team website. "He had to trade a no-move to come here, so obviously he wanted to come home.”

Predators shed piece of history with Legwand deal

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:30 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Ever since defenseman Ryan Suter elected to depart via free agency for the Minnesota Wild in July 2012, the Nashville Predators have undergone a patient rebuild.

If that process were ever questioned, the trade of center David Legwand, who had been part of Nashville's organization from its first season until the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, puts an exclamation point on it.

Legwand played 956 games for the Predators, the most in their history. As general manager David Poile said in a statement, Legwand, in his 15 seasons, had been part of some of the Predators' greatest moments and also their trials.

With Legwand, a native of suburban Michigan, traded to the Detroit Red Wings, Poile said he wants to give an opportunity to younger players including Colin Wilson, and perhaps some to prospects who are with the Predators' top minor-league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Decision to deal St. Louis a difficult one for Lightning

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:28 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Lonnie Herman - Correspondent

TAMPA -- After 13 years as the lifeblood of the Tampa Bay Lightning, captain Martin St. Louis is moving on. The man who sent him along his way, general manager Steve Yzerman, certainly didn't sound happy about having done it.

Yzerman's choices were extremely limited. Martin St. Louis had requested the trade, and, according to reports, specified only one acceptable team, the New York Rangers. Within those tight parameters, Yzerman maneuvered as best he could.

"I was able to make a trade that honored Marty's wishes to move on," Yzerman said Wednesday, hours after he traded the last major link to the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship team from 2004. "I'm pleased that we were able to make a deal with the New York Rangers that we feel was acceptable."

Penguins spend unusual low-key deadline day

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 7:58 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero did not make his customary marquee trade leading to the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline, but he landed two forwards who could bolster their top nine.

The Penguins acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2015, and forward Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in 2014.

The moves seem modest compared to Pittsburgh's rumored interest in Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler, but they address holes in the lineup created by injuries to Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett.

"We had inquired with them [Vancouver], but at the end of the day, I don't think there was a deal there to be made," Shero said. "I think our goal going into this deadline, a lot of the focus media-wise, was on Ryan Kesler, not only in Pittsburgh, but in other media markets.

"He's a real good player, but I think our goal was to increase our depth up front and help our forward group, and with our second deal [for Stempniak], along with Goc, I think we've accomplished that."

St. Louis to Rangers leads flurry of deadline activity

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 7:47 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

In the end, Martin Brodeur is still a goalie for the New Jersey Devils, Ryan Kesler remains a center for the Vancouver Canucks, Mike Cammalleri is still with the Calgary Flames, and Paul Stastny will be sticking around with the Colorado Avalanche for the time being. Four of the biggest names discussed in rumors over the past several days did not get dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

But Brodeur, Kesler, Cammalleri and Stastny can form their own little fraternity, because everyone else involved in the rampant rumors that dominated hockey discussions over the past several days did get traded. Twenty-five teams were involved in 20 trades featuring 26 NHL players, 12 prospects or minor-leaguers and 23 draft picks in one of the most entertaining trade-deadline days in recent history.

The biggest trade of the day was one of the first and the most shocking when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, their first-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional second-round pick this year that will become a first-round pick if New York makes it to the Eastern Conference Final.

The trade was a stunner on many levels.

Sabres stay busy making trades for future

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 7:26 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray headed into the NHL Trade Deadline with a number of possibilities and came out of it continuing the organization's plan to rebuild.

Murray's Wednesday was busy. The Sabres made three trades and acquired forward Cory Conacher off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. For the first time in Murray's career, he ran the show by himself.

"I had a big role in Ottawa and in Anaheim. I was the middle guy between the GM and the scouting staff that were in the other room. This time there was no middle man," the 50-year-old said. "I was running back and forth. It's exhilarating, it was fast and furious. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy 90 percent of it."

Blue Jackets move on from failed Gaborik experiment

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 7:12 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Eleven months after acquiring Marian Gaborik in an unsuccessful bid for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets felt their best chance to qualify this season would be increased by getting rid of the talented but underachieving right wing.

Gaborik was traded Wednesday to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Matt Frattin, a second- or third-round pick in the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft, and a conditional pick in either 2014 or 2015.

In another trade, the Blue Jackets strengthened their depleted defense by acquiring Nick Schultz, 31, from the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round pick in 2014.

But the big news was trading Gaborik.

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