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2011 Trade Deadline

Francis, Samuelsson help make Penguins champs

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 4:05 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NOTE: In the eight days leading up to the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline, NHL.com will look back at the top eight deals that helped teams to win the Stanley Cup in the past 30 years.

No. 2 PITTSBURGH TRADES JOHN CULLEN, ZARLEY ZALAPSKI AND JEFF PARKER TO HARTFORD FOR RON FRANCIS, ULF SAMUELSSON AND GRANT JENNINGS ON MARCH 4, 1991

Ron Francis spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Hartford Whalers and thought he was going to be there for a lot longer.
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No. 3: Bourque made good on last chance at Cup

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 5:24 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NOTE: In the eight days leading up to the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline, NHL.com will look back at the top eight deals that helped teams win the Stanley Cup in the past 30 years.

No. 3 COLORADO TRADES BRIAN ROLSTON, MARTIN GRENIER, SAMUEL PAHLSSON AND A FIRST-ROUND PICK TO BOSTON FOR RAY BOURQUE AND DAVE ANDREYCHUK ON MARCH 6, 2000

Ray Bourque spent 19 seasons forging a legendary career with the Boston Bruins, but as he neared the twilight of his career, the defenseman had become hockey's version of Dan Marino or Karl Malone -- a transcendent player who couldn't win a championship.
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NHL Network, NHL Radio, NHL.com provide extensive coverage of 2011 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 28

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 3:55 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The countdown is on to the NHL's 2011 Trade Deadline and after a flurry of activity over the past two weeks, a number of players already have new NHL® addresses. As teams stock up for their push to the playoffs, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Radio™ will provide special programming throughout the day on Monday, Feb. 28, to report and analyze all of the deals that beat the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline.

On Monday, NHL Network will produce hours of original Trade Deadline programming across its U.S. and Canada Network. The puck will drop on 18 hours of live coverage on NHL Network beginning at 8 a.m. ET, with a simulcast of TSN's TRADECENTRE '11 broadcast for U.S. viewers. TSN host James Duthie leads TSN's TRADECENTRE '11 team of hockey analysts, insiders, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, reporters and correspondents -- providing breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction.
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Predators send Sulzer to Panthers

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 1:42 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators have traded defenseman Alexander Sulzer to the Florida Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The Predators will receive Florida's seventh-round pick in 2012 if Sulzer re-signs with the Panthers.
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No. 4: Murphy proved a steal for Wings in '97

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 3:40 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

NOTE: In the eight days leading up to the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline, NHL.com will look back at the top eight deals that helped teams to win the Stanley Cup in the past 30 years.

NO. 4 - DETROIT TRADES FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS TO TORONTO FOR LARRY MURPHY ON MARCH 18, 1997.

As the trade deadline beckoned in 1997, the Detroit Red Wings were clearly positioned as one of the top teams in the NHL. Detroit had won four division titles in five years and won at least two playoff series in each of the previous two seasons.

The Red Wings were looking for one final move to help put them over the top, and getting defenseman Larry Murphy from the Toronto Maple Leafs proved to be such a move. Murphy had a falling out with the Maple Leafs, but the trade with Detroit helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons.
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Habs acquire Sopel, Dawes from Thrashers

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 2:21 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded defenseman Brent Sopel and left wing Nigel Dawes to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Ben Maxwell and a 2011 fourth-round draft pick.

The Canadiens were in dire need of a defenseman following the recent injuries along the blue line to Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov, as well as Jaroslav Spacek. Sopel, who is in his 12th season, has 2 goals, 7 points and a plus-7 rating in 59 games with the Thrashers this season. He won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10 before being traded to Atlanta in June, 2010.

Atlanta General Manager Rick Dudley, meanwhile, was in need of a center after trading a top-two line center, Rich Peverley, in a four-player deal last week. Maxwell was selected No. 49 in the second round of the 2006 Entry Draft.
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Kovalev dealt to Pens for conditional pick

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 1:20 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

Ray Shero continued to remodel the forward corps of the Pittsburgh Penguins by adding Alex Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators for a 2011 conditional draft pick. Pittsburgh will transfer their own 7th round pick in 2011 to Ottawa, however, in the event Pittsburgh advances to the second round of the playoffs and Kovalev plays in at least 50% of the games in the first round, Pittsburgh will transfer their own 6th round pick in 2011 instead of their 7th round pick.

Injuries have decimated the Penguins up front, but earlier this week Shero added power forward James Neal in a deal that sent defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas and has now acquired the talented but mercurial Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators.
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Dudley a wild card as trade deadline approaches

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 12:09 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

DULUTH, Ga. -- An NHL general manager on and off for the last 12 years, Rick Dudley has a reputation as a tireless scout and for his willingness to make bold moves. Twice he has traded the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft.

"Nowadays, first-round picks don't mean what they used to … I think it's the demand is for a more and more immediate impact. Even if you sense that there's a chance in the draft that there's somebody there that could be special -- if you can get a player who's special or very, very good in the next year or two -- a lot of people are going with that. I have a tough time doing it."
-- Rick Dudley

In his first year at the helm of the Atlanta Thrashers, he has made three big trades to shake up his team -- acquiring Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager (since traded away), Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart.

Entering Thursday night, the Thrashers sit four points out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, as they have won just six of their last 26 games. That boldness makes him an intriguing manager to follow during the week leading up to the League's Monday trade deadline. This week, he discussed his approach toward the trading deadline with NHL.com.

Trades have come earlier and often this season, as the Nashville Predators kicked things off by trading for center Mike Fisher from Ottawa for a first-round and a conditional draft pick on Feb. 10. He said most managers will make a list of seven players at every position that they covet. Once those players start to go -- and the best ones often go first -- for prices that a manager might not have been willing to pay, the market heats up.
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With Hiller hurting, Ducks add Ellis from Bolts

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 11:00 AM / 2011 Trade Deadline

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The Anaheim Ducks continued their quest to shore up their goaltending and help their push to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which arrive in less than two months.

Thursday morning, the Ducks traded goalie Curtis McElhinney to the Tampa Bay Lightning for backup goalie Dan Ellis.

Ellis, who was playing behind Dwayne Roloson in Tampa Bay, is 13-7-6 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage this season, but is just one year removed from a successful four-year run with the Nashville organization. That included a 23-win season with a .924 save percentage back in 2007-08.

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Smith's shakeup ends 54-year Cup drought

Wednesday, 02.23.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Trade Deadline

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NOTE: In the eight days leading up to the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline, NHL.com will look back at the top eight deals that helped teams win the Stanley Cup in the past 30 years.

NO. 5

N.Y. RANGERS TRADE TONY AMONTE TO CHICAGO FOR STEPHANE MATTEAU AND BRIAN NOONAN ON MARCH 21, 1994

N.Y. RANGERS TRADE MIKE GARTNER TO TORONTO FOR GLENN ANDERSON, SCOTT MALONE AND A FOURTH-ROUND PICK ON MARCH 21, 1994

N.Y. RANGERS TRADE TODD MARCHANT TO EDMONTON FOR CRAIG MACTAVISH ON MARCH 21, 1994

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