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Lightning trade St. Louis to Rangers for Callahan

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 2:30 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

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The New York Rangers landed one of the best players available on NHL Trade Deadline day, acquiring forward Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Ryan Callahan, a first-round pick and a conditional second-round choice Wednesday.

Not only is it rare for teams to trade captains, but each team is among the contenders in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed St. Louis had requested a trade, and Callahan will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The first-round pick is in the 2015 NHL Draft and the conditional second-round selection is in 2014. The second-round pick becomes a first-round pick if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final this season. Also, if Callahan signs a contract with the Lightning, the Rangers would receive Tampa Bay's second-round pick in 2015 in exchange for New York's seventh-round choice in 2015.

"I think right now, you get down there and get settled and maybe get used to my surroundings, and then once that happens, I'm open to anything," Callahan told TSN. "If that's contract talks, it is, but if not, then we see what happens in July."

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Sabres claim Conacher off waivers from Senators

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:57 PM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres claimed forward Cory Conacher off waivers Wednesday.

Conacher had four goals and 16 assists in 60 games this season for the Ottawa Senators, who acquired him last year in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Ben Bishop.

“To be able to play there in the NHL, it’s a dream come true," Conacher said. "At the same time, it's tough leaving Ottawa. They’re a great organization. They've done so much for me. They have a lot of good people that have helped me out and just the guys on the team are special guys. I was really close with a lot of them. They're a team that’s going to be really good in the future, you can tell."

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Jets forward Scheifele out with MCL sprain

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:31 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets second-line center Mark Scheifele has an MCL sprain in his right knee, coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday, and his status will be updated in a few weeks.

TSN reported Scheifele would miss six-to-eight weeks after sustaining the injury in a loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday in Winnipeg. He was injured 11:18 into the second period after a collision with Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan, left the game and did not return.

The Jets medical staff evaluated Scheifele on Wednesday morning.

"It's all in how [quickly] this thing heals. You can check back with me in two or three weeks, and I'll give you a general idea of where we think it's at," Jets coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday at the team's practice rink. "There is a wide spectrum of [timelines] in terms of when [players] come back from these injuries, but it's never in three or four weeks, so you don't need to check back too soon."

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Analysis: St. Louis may be missing piece for Rangers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:25 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Martin St. Louis
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 29 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 61
SOG: 167 | +/-: 12
The New York Rangers should go from being a bubble team to a lock to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with the acquisition of Martin St. Louis on Wednesday.

The dynamic 38-year-old right wing is an upgrade over Ryan Callahan, the player shipped to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the blockbuster trade, and a major addition to a top-six forward group that now has enough speed and skill on the wings to match any team in the Eastern Conference.

St. Louis has 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games this season. He should slot into Callahan's former spot as the right wing on New York's second line with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards, his close friend and former Stanley Cup-winning teammate in Tampa Bay.

The Rangers' first line already featured dynamic speed, skill and power with Derek Stepan playing between Rick Nash and Chris Kreider. St. Louis will give the Rangers' more scoring pop than Callahan did on the second line, and he should improve their power play, which is ranked 10th in the NHL at 20.3 percent.

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Teammates reunite in latest 'NHL Revealed'

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other

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NEW YORK/TORONTO – A new episode of NHL Revealed™: A Season Like No Other™ debuts tonight, March 5, at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN (immediately following the NBCSN broadcast of Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers at 8:00 p.m.), and tomorrow, March 6, at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBC. The sixth episode in the series re-airs on Sportsnet on Sunday, March 9, at 9:00 p.m. local and on NHL Network™-U.S. on Monday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

This week's episode features teammates reuniting after competing against each other in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to gear up for the stretch run to the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, as well as last weekend's tentpole events – the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game in Chicago and the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ in Vancouver.

Viewers will get an inside look at the Blackhawks® and Penguins® going head-to-head under blustery conditions at Chicago's Soldier Field, as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby faced former Olympic teammate Jonathan Toews of Chicago for the first time ever in an NHL regular-season game. Cameras also went behind the scenes in Vancouver as the Canucks® hosted the Ottawa Senators® in front more than 54,000 fans in BC Place for a game that held extra importance for two clubs striving to secure their place in the postseason.

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Stamkos announces he's ready to return Thursday

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:58 PM / News

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This time, Steven Stamkos will meet his goal of returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Stamkos tweeted this morning: "Just left the doctors office. Got the green light. See you tomorrow Bolts fans. Excited to be back !!"

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the news of the center's return.

"Steven saw Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Guttentag this morning and based on the latest X-ray, a clinical exam and his functionality on and off the ice we are pleased to announce he is cleared to play," Yzerman said. "We look forward to seeing him on the ice with his teammates tomorrow night."

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Senators acquire forward Hemsky from Oilers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:45 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

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The Ottawa Senators on Wednesday acquired forward Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a third-round and fifth-round draft pick.

Hemsky scored two goals and was named the game's first star Tuesday in a 3-2 win against the Senators.

Hemsky, 30, has spent all 11 seasons in the NHL with the Oilers. He has been the target of trade rumors for the past few years. He was selected in the first round (No. 13) of the 2001 NHL Draft by Edmonton.

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Boyes, Panthers agree to two-year contract extension

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:13 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

NHL.com Staff

The Florida Panthers agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Brad Boyes, general manager Dale Tallon confirmed Tuesday night.

Boyes leads the Panthers with 17 goals and is tied for second with 28 points.

"We are pleased to have Brad back for the next two seasons," Tallon said. "He has played an important role in our club's offense this year, leading our team in goals, while also performing well in shootouts. We look forward to his continued contributions to our organization."

A first-round pick (No. 24) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2000 NHL Draft, the 31-year-old has career totals of 185 goals and 435 points in 665 games for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Panthers.

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On the 'D'-Fence: Trade deadline brings fantasy hope

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL is always exciting, but it gets even more so a few days during the year. We'll call those days the "hockey holidays," and they come in the form of the NHL Draft, the start of free agency and the one we are celebrating Wednesday, the NHL Trade Deadline.

The hockey holidays provide an opportunity for all teams, be they buyers or sellers, to give their fans hope. The goal might be a Stanley Cup championship this season or the hopes of building toward one in a year or two, but hope is at the heart of it all.

That holds true for your fantasy team as well and you are probably gearing up for a trade deadline of your own, so today we'll look at a few defensemen who have been or could be moved and how they could help your team moving forward.

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Over the Boards: Red Wings focused on playoff streak

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Detroit Red Wings were in the same situation last year as they are now. They were facing pressure to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, to extend their record streak of postseason appearances, without much time to make sure it happened.

The Red Wings eventually had to win their final four regular-season games and get some help to make the playoffs for a 22nd straight season, but they pulled it off with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk are watching these days, out of the lineup with injuries, so if Detroit is going to extend its playoff streak to 23 seasons, it will have to rely on something it hasn't had much patience for in previous seasons: youth.

"I think it's intriguing," Red Wings veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said Tuesday, a few hours before Detroit lost 4-3 to the New Jersey Devils. "The way these [young] guys have played, the way they have stepped up since getting the chance, it's great to see the confidence. They just want more and more."

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