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2011 Trade Deadline

Flyers acquire Versteeg from Toronto

Monday, 02.14.2011 / 6:24 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

The Philadelphia Flyers made a bold move Monday night as they acquired right wing Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exhange for a first- and third-round pick at the 2011 Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs, who acquired Versteeg from Chicago last summer, are currently 12th overall in the Eastern Conference.

"Kris is an exciting young forward," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "He's 24 years old and he'll fit in with our group of players here. He's a quality forward that can play in a lot of different roles for our hockey team. He can move up and down our lineup. He can kill penalties. He can play on the power play. We think he's a guy that over the last few years, particularly in Chicago, has really blossomed into a good forward and we think he's going to be a really good addition to our team."

Goring trade still gold standard for deadline deals

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Trade Deadline

John Kreiser - Columnist

"As we now know, you can say it was a pretty good trade. It's because we didn't just win one; we started a dynasty of some sort." -- Butch Goring

Every year teams with championship dreams wheel and deal at the trade deadline, hoping to find the missing piece that will turn them into a champion.

Butch Goring knows what it feels like to be that missing piece -- 31 years ago he was involved in the best trade deadline deal of all time. The deal that sent Goring from Los Angeles to the New York Islanders has become the gold standard of deadline deals because it led to four Stanley Cups.

Predators acquire Fisher from Senators for picks

Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 12:39 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Nashville Predators added to their forward depth Thursday, acquiring center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators.

In exchange, the Senators get Nashville's first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, as well as a conditional pick in 2012. The pick either will be a second- or third-round selection depending on how far the Predators advance in the playoffs.

"We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on," said Predators General Manger David Poile said. "He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line."

Leach returns to Devils in trade with Sharks

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 9:30 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Searching for depth on their blue line, the New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Jay Leach and forward Steve Zalewski from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forwards Michael Swift and Patrick Davis.

All four players were in the AHL at the time of the trade.

Leach, 31, was a member of the Devils' organization from 2008-10. He appeared in 24 NHL games during that time, notching an assist and 21 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4 blueliner had a goal and 4 assists in 50 games for AHL Worcester this season.

'Hawks acquire Frolik from Panthers for Skille

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 9:00 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

The Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday acquired forward Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak  from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.

Frolik, 22, is a veteran of 213 regular-season games over in three NHL seasons with Florida.  He ranks second on the Panthers this season with 21 assists and 29 points in 52 regular-season games. Frolik has finished as one of Florida's top 3 goal scorers and top 5 point producers in each of his first two NHL seasons.

The native of Kladno, Czech Republic, was taken with the 10th pick in the 2006 Entry Draft and has 50 goals and 117 points in his three NHL seasons.

Islanders acquire Montoya from Coyotes

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 7:00 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

The goalie-strapped New York Islanders acquired former first-round pick Al Montoya from the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

The Islanders lost their latest starter, Kevin Poulin, with a dislocated left kneecap in the warmups before Tuesday's game with Toronto. They are already without starter Rick DiPietro (facial fractures) and Nathan Lawson (knee). Rookie Mikko Koskinen was called on to make his NHL debut Tuesday night and allowed five goals in a 5-3 loss to the Leafs. The Isles had to rush Joel Martin, recently promoted to backup in Bridgeport when Koskinen was called up to replace DiPietro, to serve as Koskinen's backup on Tuesday -- he arrived during the second period.

Montoya, who turns 26 on Sunday, was taken by the Rangers with the sixth pick in the 2004 Entry Draft after two seasons at the University of Michigan but never played a game in New York. He spent one more season with the Wolverines and three in the Rangers' minor-league system before being traded to Phoenix.

Ducks deal for Beauchemin; Leafs get Lupul

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 5:30 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Anaheim Ducks bolstered their defense for the stretch run by bringing back an old face, acquiring Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defense prospect Jake Gardiner and Anaheim's fourth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.

"We are thrilled to be able to reacquire Francois," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "He is a physical, puck-moving defenseman with tremendous character. We would also like to wish Joffrey Lupul well in Toronto. He's worked very hard to return from a serious ailment and we hope he can get his career back on track."

Beauchemin played alongside Scott Niedermayer on the Ducks' defense when the team won the 2007 Stanley Cup. He had 4 goals and 8 points in 20 games in that run. It's the skill and familiarity that made Beauchemin an ideal acquisition for Murray.

Panthers GM Tallon says he'll listen to all offers

Saturday, 02.05.2011 / 12:20 AM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- If you're a general manager interested in acquiring any player in the Florida Panthers organization, don't hesitate to call because GM Dale Tallon is willing to listen.

Tallon, who figures to be a busy man between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, told Friday that no Panther is untouchable -- not even prized goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom.

"It depends on the deal, but I doubt that's going to happen," Tallon said of Markstrom.

He's probably right on that one. Tallon would have to be blown away by an offer to consider trading Markstrom, who is considered the Panthers' cornerstone goalie of the future, but he'll listen anyway.

"Yeah, why not?" Tallon said. "This team hasn't done anything in 10 years, so why wouldn't I? It's not like we're a championship team. We've got to get better in every area."

Vokoun unsure if Cats will be part of his future

Friday, 02.04.2011 / 1:36 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun has not been asked to waive his no-movement clause yet, nor has he been approached by Panthers' management to talk about a contract extension.

Would he be interested in either?

"I don't know," Vokoun told

The 34-year-old Vokoun, whose current four-year contract expires at the end of this season, does know that he's in control of the situation with a no-movement clause, so now it's a matter of what he does if, or more likely when, the Panthers approach him about either waiving it or talking terms for a contract extension.

The situation would have to be right for Vokoun to agree to a trade. As much as he wants to earn a playoff berth with the Panthers this season (they're 11th right now), he's obviously enticed about going to a team that needs him as perhaps the final piece of a playoff puzzle. He's played in only 11 playoff games over his 12 seasons in the NHL and has never made it past the first round.

Kaberle leading name in trade talk on defense

Wednesday, 02.02.2011 / 4:42 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Every year as the trade deadline approaches, the quest to bolster depth on defense begins.

Teams throughout the NHL seek to add defensemen as the postseason beckons, and more often than not the demand outweighs the supply. Veteran defensemen who can be counted on to eat minutes in high-leverage games are a precious commodity, so expect many stories about teams pursuing additions for their blueline corps in the coming weeks as the 2011 NHL trade deadline nears.

For each of the past two seasons, Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle's name has been at the forefront of trade deadline discussion. Kaberle has a no-trade clause as part of his contract, and he has been one of the biggest names reportedly available but not traded each year.
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