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Lightning acquire defenseman Coburn from Flyers

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 2:01 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday for defenseman Radko Gudas and first- and third-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

If Tampa Bay fails to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015 and get the first pick in the draft, Philadelphia will receive the New York Rangers' 2015 first-round pick, acquired last season as part of the Martin St. Louis trade, in lieu of Tampa Bay's first-round selection.

Coburn has one goal and eight assists in 39 games this season. He has one more season remaining on the four-year contract he signed in November 2011.

"I'm excited to go to Tampa Bay," Coburn said on TSN. "They've got a great team. Little sad to leave Philly but I'm looking forward to getting down to Tampa."

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Bruins acquire forward Connolly from Lightning

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:52 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins acquired forward Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday for Boston's second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 NHL Drafts.

Connolly, 22, has 12 goals, three assists and 38 penalty minutes in 50 games this season.

He said he was informed of the trade early Monday morning.

"I heard about it at about 1:30 a.m., I was a little surprised but that's the business and you know anything can happen," Connolly said. "I really enjoyed my four years with this organization and I thank them for the opportunity and I'll miss the teammates, the city and the fans. I'm looking forward to the opportunity with Boston."

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Penguins acquire Cole from Blues for Bortuzzo

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:40 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

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The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues on Monday for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Cole, the 18th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Blues, has four goals, nine points and a plus-16 rating in 54 games this season. He has nine goals, 31 points and is plus-40 in 167 regular-season games over parts of five seasons.

"You're always hoping for more, but you look at St. Louis' defense and that's a very experienced, almost star-studded defense. So, you can understand why sometimes he may be in and out of the lineup," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He brings good depth to our blue line. He's had a very good year this year and we hope that continues here."

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Sharks acquire Stollery from Avalanche for Hamilton

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:33 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE, CASan Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Karl Stollery from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Freddie Hamilton.

Stollery, 27, has played in seven NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting four penalty minutes.

He was originally signed as a free agent by Colorado on May 2, 2013.

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Blues trade for Zbynek Michalek from Coyotes

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 12:18 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Arizona Coyotes on Monday for center Maxim Letunov and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Michalek is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Coyotes will retain 50 percent of Michalek's salary, according to ESPN.com.

Michalek has not played since Feb. 14 because of an upper-body injury believed to be related to a concussion. He told Sportsnet that he's feeling better and has been doing exercise for three days, but he isn't skating yet and doesn't know when he'll be ready to play for the Blues.

"I don't want to say something or promise something and not be able to play, so it's hard to say," Michalek said. "I'm hopeful that I'll be to play soon."

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Canadiens acquire defenseman Petry, forward Flynn

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:38 AM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Brian Flynn on Monday in separate trades.

Petry was traded by the Edmonton Oilers for a second-round and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Flynn was traded by the Buffalo Sabres for a fifth-round pick in 2016.

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Bergeron continues to strut Selke credentials

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

With three-quarters of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

During his second shift against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 22, Patrice Bergeron hopped over the boards and turned a normally routine play for his opponents into a goal for the Boston Bruins.

Each team was in the midst of changing its forwards. As Chicago forward Patrick Sharp left the puck for Brent Seabrook, Bergeron sped into the zone, first in on the forecheck. Seabrook was buying time, waiting for the Blackhawks to get a new forward unit on the ice, but Bergeron's efforts expedited the play. Seabrook was forced to fire a cross-ice pass to Michal Rozsival, who was quickly met by Bergeron. Rozsival was hurried into attempting a difficult outlet pass, Chicago turned over the puck, and the Bruins went the other way, with Bergeron ending the sequence by tipping home a pass from Reilly Smith.

These kinds of plays are routine for Bergeron, the best defensive forward in all of hockey, and the Selke Trophy favorite at the quarter pole of the 2014-15 season.

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Analysis: Rangers not shy to pay price for success

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 10:40 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The New York Rangers were close enough to a Stanley Cup championship last season to experience what it feels like to be at the pinnacle of the hockey world in mid-June.

It is a heady experience, no doubt; a validation of all the hard work a franchise puts into building a roster that can win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and instituting a system that allows that roster to function to the best of its ability.

Once experienced, the siren call to return for another round of June hockey is nearly impossible to ignore.

New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather couldn't.

Sunday afternoon, he pushed his trade chips all-in, sending a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft; a first-round pick in the 2016 draft; a top prospect, forward Anthony Duclair; and depth defenseman John Moore to the Arizona Coyotes for Keith Yandle, an offense-first defenseman who excels in power-play situations, and a mid-round pick.

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Stars trade Cole to Red Wings

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 9:15 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings acquired forward Erik Cole and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Dallas Stars on Sunday for defenseman Mattias Backman, center Mattias Janmark and a second-round pick in this year's draft.

Cole, 36, has 18 goals and 15 assists in 57 games this season. He has 526 points (262 goals, 264 assists) in 881 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Stars. Cole has six goals and eight assists in 46 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Erik's been a big part of our team," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "I've been watching Erik play now for the last probably 12, 13 years and this might have been one of his best years he's had. He's been a big part of our team. Unfortunately, there's a part to it of where our team's at and where we're building you have to make those decisions and we just want to thank Erik. We think we got some good young prospects out of it, some draft picks and we'll go from there."

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Rangers land Klingberg, Sheppard in separate trades

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 8:35 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The New York Rangers weren't done after they acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather later made two more trades, acquiring forward Carl Klingberg from the Winnipeg Jets for forward Lee Stempniak, and center James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Klingberg, 24, had been reassigned to St. John's of the American Hockey League earlier Sunday. He did not have a point in two games for Winnipeg this season and had 15 goals and 15 assists in 51 AHL games. He was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round (No. 34) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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