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Mitchell traded to Canadiens by Sabres

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:56 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

MontrealCanadiens.com

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the acquisition of forward Torrey Mitchell from the Buffalo Sabres, in return for Jack Nevins and a seventh round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Mitchell, 30, recorded 13 points (6 goals and 7 assists) in 51 regular season games with the Sabres in 2014-15, averaging 15:20 minutes of ice time per game. He produced two game-winners and was assessed 26 penalty minutes.

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Flames trade Baertschi to Canucks for draft pick

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:28 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames on Friday for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Baertschi had four assists in 15 games with the Flames this season. He had eight goals and 25 points in 36 games for Adirondack in the American Hockey League.

"In this case, we feel like Sven Baertschi is going to be a top-six [forward], NHL player for our team someday, so we weighed getting Sven versus what we would get in the second round with our pick and we made the decision to go ahead and do it," Canucks general manager Jim Benning. "He's a guy that fits our profile. He is fast, he is skilled. ... We are very happy to have him."

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Smith traded to Sharks by Blackhawks for Desjardins

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:14 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks acquired center Ben Smith and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for center Andrew Desjardins.

Smith, 26, has five goals and four assists in 61 games. A sixth-round pick (No. 169) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Smith has 23 goals and 39 points in 156 games spread across parts of five seasons.

Last season Smith had career-bests of 14 goals and 26 points in 75 games, and six points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Blues acquire forward Olli Jokinen from Maple Leafs

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:04 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Olli Jokinen from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Jokinen spent two weeks with the Maple Leafs after being traded by the Nashville Predators on Feb. 15 along with forward Brendan Leipsic and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft for defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli.

"When a top nine player gets injured, we didn't really have a player that could slide up and play consistently there," St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong told the Blues website. "Olli wanted to go to a team that he felt had a chance to win. He wants to win a Stanley Cup, and he’s willing to take whatever role; he’s 100 percent committed to doing whatever he can do to be a great teammate."

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Islanders trade Leggio to Coyotes for Louis

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 3:45 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Mark Louis from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender David Leggio.

Louis, 27, has appeared in 34 games for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League this season, recording three assists and racking up 77 penalty minutes. The 6'4, 229 pound blueliner played 174 career AHL games, all with the Pirates.

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Blue Jackets trade defenseman Leopold to Wild

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 2:25 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold on Monday from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick.

Leopold has one goal and two assists in 25 games this season for the St. Louis Blues and Blue Jackets. Born in Golden Valley, Minn., he won the Hobey Baker Award in 2002 as the nation's top collegiate player while attending the University of Minnesota.

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Lightning acquire defenseman Coburn from Flyers

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 2:01 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday for defenseman Radko Gudas and first- and third-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

If Tampa Bay fails to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015 and get the first pick in the draft, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers' 2015 first-round pick, acquired last season as part of the Martin St. Louis trade, in lieu of Tampa Bay's first-round selection.

Coburn has one goal and eight assists in 39 games this season. He has one more season remaining on the four-year contract he signed in November 2011.

"I'm excited to go to Tampa Bay," Coburn said on TSN. "They've got a great team. Little sad to leave Philly but I'm looking forward to getting down to Tampa."

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Bruins acquire forward Connolly from Lightning

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:52 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins acquired forward Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday for Boston's second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 NHL Drafts.

Connolly, 22, has 12 goals, three assists and 38 penalty minutes in 50 games this season.

He said he was informed of the trade early Monday morning.

"I heard about it at about 1:30 a.m., I was a little surprised but that's the business and you know anything can happen," Connolly said. "I really enjoyed my four years with this organization and I thank them for the opportunity and I'll miss the teammates, the city and the fans. I'm looking forward to the opportunity with Boston."

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Penguins acquire Cole from Blues for Bortuzzo

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:40 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues on Monday for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Cole, the 18th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Blues, has four goals, nine points and a plus-16 rating in 54 games this season. He has nine goals, 31 points and is plus-40 in 167 regular-season games over parts of five seasons.

"You're always hoping for more, but you look at St. Louis' defense and that's a very experienced, almost star-studded defense. So, you can understand why sometimes he may be in and out of the lineup," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He brings good depth to our blue line. He's had a very good year this year and we hope that continues here."

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Sharks acquire Stollery from Avalanche for Hamilton

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:33 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE, CASan Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Karl Stollery from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Freddie Hamilton.

Stollery, 27, has played in seven NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting four penalty minutes.

He was originally signed as a free agent by Colorado on May 2, 2013.

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