The Washington Capitals on Tuesday traded forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Chris Brown, defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Capitals said Brown and Klesla will report to the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Goaltenders have been the hardest players to move before the NHL Trade Deadline during the past few years because the supply has far exceeded the demand.
Not anymore. At least not this year.
Goalies dominated trade discussion in the past few days, and they were all over the news Tuesday afternoon when four, most notably Roberto Luongo, were traded in a span of a few hours. Six goalies have been moved since Friday, including three who are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents after the season.
Jagr picked up the 1,041st of his career on Travis Zajac's goal at 6:30 of the third period, moving him past Marcel Dionne. He is eight assists behind Gordie Howe (1,049) for eighth on the all-time list. Zajac's goal gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.
Jagr, who turned 42 on Feb. 15, has 700 goals and 1,741 points in 1,453 career games spanning 19-plus NHL seasons.
The Ducks get back a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft which they had previously traded to the Capitals.
The 31-year-old, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, said he hopes to be in the lineup when the Capitals visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night and added that he had no indication he was about to be traded.
That was the message from general manager Dale Tallon, who said he consummated the four-player trade with the Vancouver Canucks after getting the go-ahead from owner Vinnie Viola, partner Doug Cifu, and new president/CEO Rory Babich, who took over on Monday.
"It is huge," Tallon said in a conference call Tuesday night. "He's a big name down here and it sets the tone for our franchise. Vinnie and Doug and Rory and I want to win the Stanley Cup, and talk is cheap, so we're acting and we're following up on what we said we would do. We're just looking to get better every day to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."
As other examples, Tallon pointed to the recent trade for former Chicago Blackhawks second-round pick Brandon Pirri and the re-signing of veteran forward Brad Boyes to a two-year contract. But those moves paled in comparison to the trade that brought Luongo for a second stint with the Panthers.
Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors since losing his starting job to Cory Schneider during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Stunned I think. I was not expecting it," Luongo told reporters in Phoenix. "It caught me off guard. [I'm] just happy for myself and my family and obviously a little sad to be leaving Vancouver."
The deal will pay Khudobin $2 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.5 million in 2015-16.
"We are pleased to be able to keep Anton with the Hurricanes," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He has played well this season and signing him helps solidify our team's goaltending situation."
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CALGARY -- Make no mistake, Brian Burke isn't in the position he wants to be heading into the NHL Trade Deadline.
"I like buying a lot more than I like selling," said Burke, president of hockey operations and acting general manager of the Calgary Flames, who addressed the media Tuesday in advance of the deadline at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. "It could be a very important day for the franchise, the next 24 hours, but it's not the same as when you're adding to try to make a push."
With plenty of salary cap space and even more capital at his disposal on a team that sits 27th in the League, Burke admitted his Flames are more than willing to play bank for teams pushed against the ceiling.
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