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2011 Trade Deadline

Canucks add two forwards to improve roster depth

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:17 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

The Vancouver Canucks have been sitting atop the NHL standings for about a month and have been looking down on the rest of the Western Conference for nearly two months.

That didn't stop GM Mike Gillis from making a couple tweaks to the lineup Monday, when he acquired forwards Maxim Lapierre from the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Higgins from the Florida Panthers without losing anyone from the Canucks' current roster.

Gillis gave up Joel Perreault and a third-round pick to the Ducks and Evan Oberg and another third-round pick to the Panthers.

Transactions completed prior to deadline

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 6:03 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

NEW YORK -- NHL clubs made 16 trades involving 35 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

Anaheim traded C Maxim Lapierre and C MacGregor Sharp to Vancouver for C Joel Perrault and Vancouver's 3rd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

Atlanta traded RW Niclas Bergfors and LW Patrick Rissmiller to Florida for RW Radek Dvorak and Carolina's 5th-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (previously acquired).

Atlanta traded G Drew MacIntyre to Montreal for D Brett Festerling

Tallon deals with eye toward building

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 5:13 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

"The decision was made to keep our core together and keep our eye on the ball as far as the future is concerned. We added a great number of picks and got younger and really solidified our future. The future is most important for us." -- Dale Tallon

Dale Tallon's first season as general manager of the Florida Panthers isn't likely to end with the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2000, but maybe Tallon's thorough housecleaning on Monday will be the first step toward getting the Panthers back to the postseason in the near future.

Tallon parted ways with four veterans on trade deadline day -- defensemen Dennis Wideman and Bryan Allen and forwards Chris Higgins and Radek Dvorak. In return, the Panthers received forward Sergei Samsonov and Patrick Rissmiller, whose contracts expire after this season, 23-year-old Niclas Bergfors, prospects Evan Oberg and Jake Hauswirth and a pair of third-round draft picks.

Kings paid a ransom to Oilers for Penner

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 4:35 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Does Dustin Penner turn the Los Angeles Kings into a Stanley Cup contender? Did Kings GM Dean Lombardi pay too high a price to pluck the goal scorer out of Edmonton?

The answers are maybe and it all depends.

Penner was the biggest name to move on a trade deadline day that was excruciatingly slow by recent comparisons, but Lombardi had to give up stud defense prospect Colten Teubert, a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick in order to get a player who this season had 21 goals and 39 points on the Western Conference's worst team.

The upside here is Penner can play left wing on the Kings' top line, alongside Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds, moving Brad Richardson down to a bottom-six role. Penner, who scored 32 goals last season, could get hot in March during a playoff race and provide some momentum for an L.A. offense that is ranked 18th in the NHL (2.69 goals per game).

Deal to Kings takes Penner a bit by surprise

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 4:21 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Robin Brownlee - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Dustin Penner had heard his name attached to several rumors heading into the NHL trade deadline, but said the Edmonton Oilers' decision to trade him to the Los Angeles Kings still took him by surprise.

Penner, 28, in his fourth season with the Oilers after being acquired from Anaheim by way of an offer sheet in the summer of 2007, was dealt to the Kings for defenseman Colten Teubert, a first-round draft choice in 2011 and a conditional third-round pick in 2012.

"I'm sad to leave," Penner said. "I think like everybody here, I felt we were building something.

Canucks land Lapierre from Anaheim

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 3:39 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Maxim Lapierre and minor-league forward MacGregor Sharp from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joel Perreault and the Canucks' third-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

This is Lapierre's third team this season. He started the season with the Montreal Canadiens before he was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 31. Just 21 games later, Lapierre will head north to play for the NHL-leading Canucks.

He has 5 goals, 8 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 59 games.

Perreault has played most of this season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL and had 0 points in 7 games with the Canucks.

Report: Canucks acquire Higgins from Panthers

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 3:31 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

According to TSN, Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon continued his reshuffling of the roster on Monday when he dealt pending unrestricted free-agent wing Chris Higgins to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Evan Oberg and a third-round draft pick.

Higgins, who will be playing for his fifth team in three seasons, had 11 goals, 23 points and a plus-5 rating in 48 games with Florida this campaign. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (No. 14) in 2002 and spent five seasons there.

Higgins, who is currently day-to-day with a broken thumb, also played for Calgary and the New York Rangers in 2009-10.

Oberg, who was undrafted by signed by the Canucks as a free agent in April, 2009, had 7 goals and 11 points in 38 games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

Caps get Arnott from Devils for Steckel

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 3:15 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

The Washington Capitals have added a potential No. 2 center from New Jersey, acquiring Jason Arnott for David Steckel and a 2012 second-round draft pick.

Arnott, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, has 13 goals and 24 points for the Devils. He becomes only the second player on Washington's roster who has won the Stanley Cup, joining right wing Mike Knuble. The Capitals have been playing rookies Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault as their second- and third-line centers for much of this season.

The 36-year-old Arnott was a key member of the Devils when they captured the Stanley Cup in 2000. He had 8 goals and 20 points in 23 postseason games that season and has 66 points in 106 career playoff contests.

Hawks fill 'D' hole with Campoli

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 2:45 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Needing depth on the blue line, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks made a trade Monday afternoon with the Ottawa Senators to acquire puck-moving defenseman Chris Campoli.
The Blackhawks will send center Ryan Potulny plus a conditional second-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft to the Senators, for Campoli as well as a conditional seventh-round pick.

The 26-year old Campoli has 3 goals, 14 points and a minus-3 rating in 58 games this season. He has a salary cap hit of $1.4 million this season according to

Lombardi happy cost of Penner wasn't Schenn

Monday, 02.28.2011 / 2:33 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi wanted to add something enticing to his surging team without giving up top prospect Brayden Schenn. Dustin Penner was the answer, and although he came at a steep price -- including a top defense prospect and a first-round draft pick -- Lombardi appeared tired but in good spirits after making what was arguably the day's biggest splash.

Penner comes to Los Angeles from Edmonton in exchange for 2008 first-round pick Colten Teubert, a first-round pick in 2011 and a conditional second-round pick in 2012.

Penner had 21 goals and 39 points in 62 games with the Oilers this season. He scored a career-high 32 goals and 63 points this past season.

Los Angeles enters its game Monday against Detroit as the fifth-place team in the Western Conference with 76 points. The Kings have won three in a row and 11 of their last 15 games.
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