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Around the League notebook for Sunday, March 1

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:25 AM / News

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Several deals were completed on Sunday in advance of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, which is Monday at 3 p.m. ET:

* The Washington Capitals acquired forward Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames for a second- and third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

* The New York Rangers acquired defensemen Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 from the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a second-round pick and a conditional first-round pick.

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.

Stars trade Cole to Red Wings

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

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."

Panthers' Jagr ties Esposito on all-time goals list

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 8:51 PM / News

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr scored the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list at BB&T Center on Sunday.

"I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there," Jagr said of Esposito. "After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him."

It was Jagr's first goal with the Panthers after he was traded from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. He had not scored since Feb. 6.

Rangers land Klingberg, Sheppard in separate trades

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

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.

Rangers acquire defenseman Yandle from Coyotes

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 7:14 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

The New York Rangers acquired defensemen Keith Yandle and Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a second-round pick, and a conditional first-round pick.

The Rangers, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings before losing in five games, are again among the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season. They are second in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the New York Islanders. The Rangers are five points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the top spot in the East and hold a game in hand.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addressed their blue-line depth with this trade. Yandle, who has one year remaining on his contract, is considered to be among the game's better offensive defenseman.

Yandle also is not a rental player, which is the commodity most often moved before the NHL Trade Deadline, which is Monday.

Capitals acquire Glencross from Flames for draft picks

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 7:14 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Adam Vingan - Correspondent

WASHINGTON – In need of an experienced forward with top-six ability, the Washington Capitals acquired Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames on Sunday for two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz welcomed the addition of Glencross.

"I think we need to get a little bit deeper at the forward position," he said. "We have a good forward group. We’ve got four young players there, and I don’t think you can ever be deep enough at any position as you’re going into the playoffs. After (the NHL Trade Deadline) tomorrow, you really don’t have any opportunity to add, so I think that’s why most teams want to do that.

Blackhawks go all in for third Cup title in six years

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 7:07 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The message Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman sent with two trades this weekend was clear: He expects to win the Stanley Cup despite losing right wing Patrick Kane for an estimated 12 weeks with a fractured left clavicle.

Bowman traded for defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Friday, then acquired center Antoine Vermette on Saturday. That he got the skilled veterans without trading any players off the Blackhawks roster said it all.

"[It] means a lot," left wing Patrick Sharp said after practicing with Timonen on Sunday. "Both guys are well-respected players across the League. Tip the cap to Stan and the management for improving our team. We're excited to play [Monday]."

Dubnyk, Price, Ovechkin named 'Stars' for February

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.


Devan Dubnyk
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 24-8-3
GAA: 2.15 | SVP: .926
Dubnyk (11-2-1, 1.64 GAA, .939 SV%, 3 SO) led the NHL with 11 wins and three shutouts while starting all 14 games for the Wild (33-22-7, 73 points), who climbed from 12th place into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of his 14 appearances, including shutout victories over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 3 (24 SV), Colorado Avalanche Feb. 7 (18 SV) and Edmonton Oilers Feb. 20 (15 SV). Overall, Dubnyk is 24-8-3 (2.15 GAA, .926 SV%, 6 SO) in 39 appearances this season, establishing career highs in wins and shutouts while ranking in the top five in the NHL in shutouts (t-2nd), goals-against average (3rd) and save percentage (5th). The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native has started all 20 games since his arrival in Minnesota Jan. 14, posting a 15-3-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts in that span.

Senators goalie Anderson activated off injured reserve

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 2:57 PM / News Staff

Goaltender Craig Anderson has been activated off injured reserve, the Ottawa Senators announced on Sunday. Anderson is expected to back up Andrew Hammond against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Anderson has been out since Jan. 21 with a hand injury. Prior to that, he was 13-11-7 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, which is tied for third in the NHL.

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