Some big names were on the move and a few surprises were thrown into the mix as several teams loaded up for the playoff run ahead of Tuesday's NHL trade deadline.
The Pittsburgh Penguins landed perhaps the biggest prize in Marian Hossa, acquiring the veteran forward in a blockbuster deal with Atlanta. The Penguins also received forward Pascal Dupuis in exchange for forwards Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen and Colby Armstrong and a first-round draft pick.
Brad Richards and Brian Campbell also changed teams before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. The Tampa Bay Lightning shipped Richards to the Dallas Stars while the Buffalo Sabres sent Campbell to the San Jose Sharks.
The surprise of the day came from the Montreal Canadiens, who sent goaltender Cristobal Huet to Washington for a second-round draft pick. The Capitals also acquired veteran forward Sergei Fedorov from Columbus for a prospect. The Blue Jackets also sent defenceman Adam Foote to Colorado for a conditional first-round draft pick and a fourth-round selection.
Montreal wasn't the only Canadian NHL team to get in on the trade action. The Ottawa Senators acquired two-time Stanley Cup winner Martin Lapointe from Chicago for a sixth-round draft pick, and the Vancouver Canucks acquired Matt Pettinger from the Washington Capitals for fellow left-winger Matt Cooke.
The Toronto Maple Leafs sent defenceman Hal Gill to the Penguins for a second-round pick in 2008 and a fifth-rounder in '09. Toronto also dealt enforcer Wade Belak to the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round draft pick in 2008. The teams got together later in the day for another move, with Toronto sending forward Chad Kilger to the Panthers for a third-round pick.
The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers were quiet on deadline day.
In the Richards trade, the Stars also picked up goalie Johan Holmqvist in exchange for goalie Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a fourth-round pick. Richards, the playoff MVP when Tampa won the Stanley Cup in 2004, had to waive a no-trade clause in his contract to complete the deal. He'll earn US$7.8 million each of the next three seasons.
Campbell, meanwhile, had spent his entire career in Buffalo but was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Not wanting to lose him for nothing, Sabres GM Darcy Regier decided to trade one of his top players after being unable to sign Campbell to a long-term extension. In return, Buffalo acquired young winger Steve Bernier and a first-round draft pick.
The Habs anointed Carey Price their No. 1 goalie by dealing Huet, who split starts in goal with Price this season. Price, 20, is 12-9-3 heading into Tuesday's game against Atlanta. He led AHL Hamilton to the Calder Cup last spring.
Montreal is among the top teams in the East but will have a young goaltending tandem heading into the post-season. The team recalled 22-year-old Jaroslav Halak from the AHL to serve as Price's backup.
In other moves:
-The Avalanche acquired defenceman Ruslan Salei from the Panthers for defenceman Karlis Skrastins and a 2008 third-round draft pick.
-The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Blackhawks for forward Andrew Ladd in an exchange of former first-round draft picks.
-Detroit acquired defenceman Brad Stuart from the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round pick and a fourth-round selection.
-The New York Islanders had a busy day. They signed forward Mike Comrie to a $4-million, one-year contract extension. Then they traded troubled forward Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft and dealt defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick in '08.
-The New Jersey Devils acquired veteran defenceman Bryce Salvador from the St. Louis Blues for tough guy Cam Janssen.
-The Los Angeles Kings sent goaltender J.S. Aubin to the Stanley Cup-champion Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.