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Predators shed piece of history with Legwand deal

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

John Manasso - NHL.com 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.

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Decision to deal St. Louis a difficult one for Lightning

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

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com 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."

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Penguins spend unusual low-key deadline day

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

Wes Crosby - NHL.com 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."

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St. Louis to Rangers leads flurry of deadline activity

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

Dan Rosen - NHL.com 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.

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Sabres stay busy making trades for future

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

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com 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."

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Blue Jackets move on from failed Gaborik experiment

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

Craig Merz - NHL.com 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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Transactions completed prior to NHL Trade Deadline

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 6:57 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- NHL clubs made 20 trades involving 38 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

Anaheim traded D Alex Grant to Ottawa for RW Andre Petersson.

Buffalo traded LW Matt Moulson and C Cody McCormick to Minnesota for C Torrey Mitchell, Winnipeg's 2nd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired) and Minnesota's 2nd-round pick in 2016.

Buffalo traded G Jaroslav Halak and its 3rd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to Washington for G Michal Neuvirth and D Rostislav Klesla.

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Rangers feel they've improved by acquiring St. Louis

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 6:40 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather and coach Alain Vigneault each believe their team is better now than when Wednesday started.

In their first comments regarding the NHL Trade Deadline transaction that sent forward Ryan Callahan and draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for wing Martin St. Louis, Sather and Vigneault were excited about the deal exchanging captains.

"We're adding a player that's got great presence. He's won a [Stanley] Cup. He's just come back and won a gold medal for Canada. So we're bringing in a real solid player and a real solid individual," Vigneault said before the game Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We're losing [Callahan's] grit and fire on the ice, but we're adding some other very important parts to our team. I really believe this makes us a better team."

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Canucks hang on to Kesler, deal Diaz to Rangers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 6:32 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks were busy right before the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, but the transaction announced wasn't the one most expected.

The Canucks sent depth defenseman Raphael Diaz to the New York Rangers in exchange for a fifth-round pick, but hung onto center Ryan Kesler despite widespread speculation he would be dealt.

Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis refused several times to get into specifics, or even talk about Kesler in particular despite a report from TSN's Darren Dreger that as many as six teams were interested in the 2011 Selke Trophy-winning center. The strongest speculation involved the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that had center Brandon Sutter, two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft, and one of two defensive prospects offered up.

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Despite trade rumors, Brodeur remains with Devils

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 6:24 PM / Features

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

In the end, the best deal for New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was not making a trade involving goalie Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur's name surfaced during the past month as a potential target of Stanley Cup Playoff contenders heading into the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline. Brodeur spoke of a lack of playing time and a desire to see more action. There were reports he was willing to waive his no-trade clause.

It never happened.

The only trade the Devils completed Wednesday was the acquisition of forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional 2017 third-round pick.

"Our intention certainly was to try and get a top-nine forward with a lot of grit, who competes and who has a habit of playing in big games," Lamoriello told The (Newark) Star-Ledger. "We've played against [Ruutu] enough over the years. We feel good about it."

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