Canadiens acquire Vanek from Islanders
MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens have acquired winger Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders.
Montreal sent forward prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders for Vanek on Wednesday.
Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, becomes the Canadiens leading scorer with 53 points. The 30-year-old is in the final season of a $50-million, seven-year contract.
It's the second time Vanek has been traded this season. The Islanders gave up winger Matt Moulson along with first- and second-round picks to get Vanek in late October.
Collberg was Montreal's second-round pick in the 2012 draft.
Rangers, Lightning swap captains
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a surprising move just hours before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a major deal on Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis in a blockbuster.
The Rangers had been trying to sign Callahan, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but weren't able to reach an agreement with the gritty forward. Instead of risking losing him for nothing on the open market, New York dealt him, a second-round pick in this year's draft, and a first round pick in next year's draft to Tampa Bay for St. Louis, a disgruntled two-time NHL scoring champion.
The second-round selection this year would become a first-rounder if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals this season. If Callahan re-signs with the Lightning, the teams will then trade picks in next year's draft. New York would acquire the Lightning's second-round pick, and Tampa Bay would get New York's seventh-round selection.
Callahan was reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth $6.5 million per season. It is believed the Rangers were willing to agree to a six-year term, but not pay more than $6 million a season.
The 38-year-old St. Louis, who led the NHL in the lockout-shortened 2013 season with 60 points, had been seeking a trade after initially being left off Canada's Olympic roster by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who served as Canada's executive director. St. Louis was added to the squad when Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos was unable to play because of injury.
Callahan, a Rochester, N.Y., native, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games.
St. Louis had a no-trade clause, and recent reports stated the Rangers were the team he wanted to join. The 38-year-old right wing has one year left on his contract. He will earn $5 million next season and be a $5.625 million salary-cap charge.
"We'd like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay," Yzerman said in a statement. "He has been one of the greatest players in the organization's history, but in the end we honored his request."
This trade reunites St. Louis with forward Brad Richards, who was his high-scoring teammate with Tampa Bay before the Lightning traded him to Dallas in February 2008. Richards signed a free-agent deal with the Rangers in July 2011.
They will likely be linemates again with the Rangers. St. Louis was trying to travel to New York in time for the Rangers' game Wednesday night against Toronto.
St. Louis was the Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP in the 2003-04 season, and he has captured the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player three times.
In 62 games this season, St. Louis has 29 goals and 32 assists with a plus-12 rating. He is fifth in the league in goals and eighth in points. Last season he became the oldest player to win the scoring title and joined Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe as the only players to post at least 1.25 points per game at 37 or older.
St. Louis, a six-time All-Star, has 369 goals and 604 assists in 1,041 career games over 15 seasons with Tampa Bay and Calgary.
Callahan, who will turn 29 later this month, has 11 goals and 14 assists in 45 games this season. He was chosen by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2004 draft and has 132 goals and 254 points in 450 career NHL games with them over eight seasons.
He became Rangers captain before the 2011-12 season - the fifth youngest in team history at age 26. Callahan was also the first New York state native to be Rangers captain.
Callahan took part in the Rangers' morning skate on Wednesday but didn't speak to reporters afterward. He is expected to make his Lightning debut on Thursday at home against Buffalo.
"The Lightning are very excited to have Ryan Callahan join the organization and help us in our quest to make the playoffs," Yzerman said. "Ryan is an outstanding player and leader who we look forward to seeing on the ice (Thursday) night."
Wild acquire Moulson in trade with Sabres
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have traded forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell.
The Sabres also acquired a pair of second-round draft picks in a deal made just before the NHL's trade deadline hit Wednesday.
Moulson changes teams for a second time this year after the Sabres acquired him in a deal that sent leading scorer Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in October. In his seventh NHL season, Moulson is a three-time 30-goal-scorer, who has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games this season.
McCormick was a fourth-line role player during his four seasons in Buffalo. He has split this season between Buffalo and AHL Rochester, and has one goal and five points in 29 games with the Sabres.
Mitchell is in his sixth NHL season, and second with the Wild after spending his first four years with San Jose.
Mitchell had difficulty playing a significant role in Minnesota, where he had a goal and nine points in 58 games this season.
Kings pick up Marian Gaborik from Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --The Los Angeles Kings, hoping to mirror the success they had from their last big trade-deadline deal with Columbus, bolstered their offense by acquiring former scoring whiz Marian Gaborik from the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
The Blue Jackets got right wing Matt Frattin and two conditional picks, most likely a second-round pick and also a third-rounder if the Kings win their first-round playoff series or re-sign Gaborik.
Gaborik, who turned 32 on Feb. 24, will be a free agent after the season. He was making $7.5 million a year for the Blue Jackets, who are expected to pick up a portion of his $1.9 million in remaining salary.
He has missed games with a sprained knee and a broken collarbone this season, limiting him to just 22 games, but is healthy for the stretch run.
Gaborik has scored at least 40 goals in a season three times and 30 or more seven times.
Frattin, 26, has two goals and four assists in 40 games. He has been a healthy scratch by the Kings in eight of the last 10 games. His last appearance was on Feb. 6 - against the Blue Jackets.
Both clubs are currently in the playoff picture.
The Kings, as was the case when they acquired Jeff Carter from Columbus two years ago, were seeking more goals. The Blue Jackets, down two of their top defensemen, needed cap space to possibly make more deals, and to unload a player who could leave without any return compensation after the season.
On Feb. 23, 2012, the Kings picked up Carter for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. With Carter adding a jolt of offense, the Kings went on to barely make the postseason but then swept through the playoffs to win their first Stanley Cup.
Gaborik was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers in a draft-deadline deal a year ago. He was the highest-paid Blue Jacket and the sides had not really discussed a new contract, with Gaborik hurt most of the season and the Blue Jackets holding out that he might come on strong late in the year.
Gaborik, who has missed 39 games this season, had five goals and six assists in the first 17 games before missing the next 17 with a sprained left knee. Then, four shifts into his return, he was hit simultaneously by two Philadelphia players and his collarbone was broken. That resulted in him missing his third Olympics with his native Slovakia as he sat out the next 22 Columbus games.
He returned to the club on Feb. 27, immediately after the Olympic hiatus. In 22 games this season for the Blue Jackets, Gaborik has six goals and eight assists.
In his younger days, Gaborik was considered an elite sniper. In 791 career games with Minnesota, the New York Rangers and the Blue Jackets, he has 342 goals and 346 assists.
Gaborik signed as a free agent with the Rangers in July 2009, then was traded to Columbus along with two minor-leaguers for center Derick Brassard, winger Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore along with a sixth-round draft selection in 2014.
Frattin was a disappointment in his only season with Los Angeles. The Kings acquired him along with goalie Ben Scrivens from Toronto in the offseason in a trade for touted goalie Jonathan Bernier, but Frattin never fit into coach Darryl Sutter's defense-minded system.
The Kings are the NHL's best defensive team, allowing just 134 goals all season, but their offense was even more stagnant than usual before the Olympic break, managing just 21 goals in the final 14 games. General manager Dean Lombardi considered several short-term rentals of offensive players due to be unrestricted free agents, holding numerous discussions about Buffalo's Matt Moulson before deciding on Gaborik.
Los Angeles has solidified its playoff position with five straight wins heading into a three-game road trip starting with Thursday's game at Winnipeg. The Kings enter that game in third place by seven points over Phoenix in the Pacific Division. They have scored fewer goals (152) than all but three teams in the West.
Heading into Wednesday's games, the Blue Jackets are tied for third in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division with 69 points (32-25-5) and hold the final playoff qualifying spot.
Capitals get G Halak from Sabres for G Neuvirth
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Bringing aboard a player whose name conjures bad memories for the franchise, the Washington Capitals acquired Jaroslav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres in a swap of goalies at the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.
The Capitals sent backup goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla to Buffalo, which only acquired Halak last Friday in a deal with the St. Louis Blues. Washington got Klesla in a deal with Phoenix on Tuesday.
The Capitals also received a 2015 third-round draft pick in the deal with Buffalo.
Halak starred for Montreal in the 2010 playoffs, when the eighth-seeded Canadiens came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Presidents' Trophy-winning, top-seeded Capitals in the first round. In Game 7, Montreal won 2-1, as Halak made 41 saves.
Predators trade F David Legwand to Red Wings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators traded away their first draft pick, sending forward David Legwand to his hometown Detroit Red Wings in a deal at the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.
Detroit general manager Ken Holland announced the deal.
Legwand, who turns 34 in August, was the expansion Predators' first pick in the 1998 draft as the No. 2 overall selection. He was tied with captain Shea Weber for the team scoring lead with 40 points, but his contract also is up at the end of this season. The Predators lost defenseman Ryan Suter in free agency in 2012 to Minnesota getting nothing in return.
Nashville got forwards Patrick Eaves, 29, and Calle Jarnkrok, 22, along with a third-round draft pick that becomes a second-round pick if the Red Wings make the playoffs for the 23rd straight time, according to Holland. Legwand played in a franchise-record 956 games for Nashville.
Legwand gives the Red Wings someone to plug in as their No. 1 center on a banged-up roster. Holland said Legwand likely will center the top line with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist on Thursday night in his Detroit debut after the Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey in a pregame ceremony.
Coming into this season, the 6-foot-2 Legwand already was the Predators' career leader in points, goals, assists, game-winning goals and overtime points. He also is Nashville's postseason leader with 28 points, 13 goals, 47 games played and game-winning goals (3).
He played in all of Nashville's 62 games this season and had 10 goals and 30 assists. Legwand also picked up two penalties in the third period of Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh, the first giving the Penguins a power play that they scored to take a 2-1 lead.
Legwand practiced Wednesday with the Predators, and Nashville coach Barry Trotz said he hadn't talked to his forward about the trade deadline.
"This is home for him," Trotz said. "He's our first pick franchise-wise, and I know he loves Nashville. I know he knows the situation. He's been a really productive guy in terms of being you know what you're going to get every night every year from Leggy. He's in that 40-50 point range every year, and he's durable. He hasn't missed very many games. ... He's got a lot of game left."
Senators acquire Hemsky from Oilers for picks
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators acquired winger Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday for a third-round draft pick this year and a fifth-rounder in 2015.
The 30-year-old Hemsky is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has nine goals and 17 assists in 55 games this season.
On Tuesday night in Edmonton, Hemsky scored two goals in the Oilers' 3-2 victory over the Senators.
Penguins acquire forwards Goc, Stempniak
PITTSBURGH (AP) --The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers and forward Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for draft picks.
Goc had 11 goals and 12 assists in 62 games this season for the Panthers, and the 31-year-old Stempniak had five goals and 18 assists in 52 games with Calgary. The additions give the Penguins some needed depth along their bottom two lines, which have been decimated by injuries this season.
Pittsburgh sent a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft to Florida in exchange for Goc, while the Flames received a 2014 third-round pick for Stempniak.
To help make room on the roster, the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins assigned forward Chuck Kobasew to Wilkes Barre-Scranton of the AHL.
Devils get Ruutu from Carolina for Loktionov, pick
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have acquired left wing Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina Hurricanes for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.
The teams announced the deal on Wednesday, an hour before the NHL trading deadline expired.
Ruutu had five goals and 11 assists in 57 games this season. The 31-year-old was also a team-worst minus 19. The native of Finland has 138 goals and 186 assists in 606 career games over 10 seasons with Chicago and Carolina.
Loktionov had four goals and eight assists in 48 games. He was acquired from Los Angeles in 2013.
Blue Jackets fill need dealing for Oilers' Schultz
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets, in dire need of immediate help on the blue line, have traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran defenseman Nick Schultz.
The 31-year-old Schultz has no goals and four assists in 60 games this season, his third with the Oilers after spending most of his 13-year career in Minnesota.
Two of the Blue Jackets' top defensemen are sidelined. Fedor Tyutin injured an ankle while playing for Russia in the Olympics and is out for another week or two and prized rookie Ryan Murray (lower body) is day to day.
It was the second big deal of the day for the Blue Jackets, who also dealt forward Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings for two conditional draft picks.
Avs acquire goaltender Reto Berra from Flames
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche didn't tinker too much with their roster at the trade deadline, making only a minor move to acquire goaltender Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
In exchange for the 27-year-old Berra, Colorado surrendered a 2014 second-round pick to Calgary.
Berra joins a goaltending crew that includes starter Semyon Varlamov and reliable backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Berra was 9-17-2 for the Flames this season, with a 2.95 goals-against average.
Joe Sakic, the team's executive vice president of hockey operations, says the deal "further solidified our goaltending situation, for the present and future."
The Avalanche are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. They're fifth in the Western Conference race and in prime position to make the postseason for the first time since 2010.
Predators trade goalie Devan Dubnyk to Montreal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators have traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Montreal Canadiens for future considerations.
The Predators announced the deal after practice Wednesday before the NHL trade deadline.
Nashville got goalie Pekka Rinne back healthy and on the ice Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh. That made Dubnyk the odd goalie out in Nashville, and the Predators placed him on waivers Monday before making the trade Wednesday.
The Predators traded for the 6-foot-6 Dubnyk on Jan. 15, bringing him over from Edmonton trying to bolster the roster at goaltender. He appeared in only two games with Nashville and went 0-1-1 giving up nine goals.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz says Dubnyk is a better goalie now than a month ago after working with goalie coach Mitch Korn.
Sabres claim Conacher off waivers from Senators
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have claimed forward Cory Conacher off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.
The move comes on trade deadline day, with the rebuilding Sabres in a state of flux after trading goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott last week.
Conacher returns to Buffalo, where he set school records for goals and points in four years at Canisius College.
He's reunited with Sabres general manager Tim Murray, who was the assistant general manager of the Senators when they acquired Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick from Tampa Bay in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop in April 2013.
Conacher had four goals and 16 assists in 60 games for the Senators this season and has posted 49 points in 107 NHL games since signing with Tampa Bay in 2012.
Sabres trade McNabb to Kings
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Brayden McNabb, prospect Jonathan Parker and two draft picks to the Los Angeles Kings for prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers.
Fasching was a fourth-round pick for the Kings in the 2013 draft. He is a freshman forward Minnesota, where he has 12 goals and 15 assists in 31 games. Deslauriers was a third round pick in 2009 and moved from defenseman to forward this season for Manchester in the AHL. He had 18 goals and 39 points in 60 games this season.
McNabb played 37 NHL games, recording one goal and seven assists after signing with the Sabres in 2009. Right wing Parker has one assist in 11 games with Rochester after signing in 2011.
The draft picks are second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.
Sharks stand pat at trade deadline
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson stood pat at the trade deadline for a change.
Wilson made no deals before Wednesday's deadline in a sign that he believes that the recent return of some key injured players will provide enough of a boost for the Sharks headed down the stretch run of the season.
"We think this group has certainly played at the level we wanted to," Wilson said. "We weren't going to sacrifice things just to make a change to look like we did something."
This marks the first time since Wilson became general manager in May 2003 that he did not make a trade in the month leading up to the deadline. The lack of movement before the trade deadline was in stark contrast to last season when Wilson was busy in his effort to "reset and refresh" the team.
The Sharks dealt forwards Ryane Clowe and Michal Handzus and defenseman Douglas Murray leading up to the deadline last season and acquired forward Raffi Torres and defenseman Scott Hannan as part of an effort to become a faster team.
Those moves contributed to a strong finish to the regular season and a playoff run that ended with a Game 7 loss in Los Angeles in the second round. That style carried over to this season as San Jose is in second place in the Pacific Division with 85 points.
"I'm glad we get to have another kick at the can, so to speak," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "We did some good things at the end of last year, and we brought up some good kids this year. I'm definitely happy with our locker room and I'm glad that people upstairs and people behind the bench believe in us, also."
The Sharks have gotten some key injured players back in recent weeks with Adam Burish making his season debut just before the Olympic break after being sidelined by a back injury, and forwards Torres, Logan Couture and Matt Nieto coming back from injuries after the break.
Torres, who tore his ACL in the preseason, has three goals and one assist in three games and has once again provided a needed spark. Couture has also scored three goals since his return after the Olympic break as the Sharks are getting back the scoring depth that was missing during a stretch in January and February.
"With Raffi and Burr and Logan coming back, those are probably our trade deadline acquisitions," captain Joe Thornton said. "It's nice that everybody stays around."
Defenseman Brad Stuart and rookie forward Tomas Hertl are still sidelined. Stuart is expected back before the end of the season from an upper-body injury, while Hertl's return date is undetermined after he underwent knee surgery following a hit in December.
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