It seems that the Washington Capitals are making a move in the Eastern Conference. They traded a 2009 second draft pick (acquired from Anaheim) to Montreal in exchange for goalie Cristobal Huet. After making that deal, the Caps acquired center Sergei Federov from Columbus. The Blue Jackets receive 19-year-old defenseman Ted Ruth – who was Washington’s 2007 second round draft pick (46th overall).

Just when you thought it was safe to breathe if you are a Capital, George McPhee pulled off his third draft day deal. The Caps send British Columbia native forward Matt Pettinger to Vancouver for gritty forward Matt Cooke.

A couple of other potential trade targets for the Rangers are on the move. The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Adam Foote from the Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional first round draft pick. If Colorado makes the playoffs, the pick is a 2008 selection. If they don’t, then it is a 2009 pick. The Avalanche might owe Columbus another conditional draft pick depending on Foote re-signing with Colorado.

The Avalanche continued to stockpile new blueliners when they swapped a pair of 33-year-old defensemen. Colorado sent Karlis Skrastins and a third round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ruslan Salei – who has two more years left on his contract.

There is no truth to rumor that Raymond Bourque has expressed an interest in returning to Colorado .

After many months of rumors, Jay Feaster finally broke up his big three. Tampa Bay traded center Brad Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist (finally, we have some Ranger connection to a trade) to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Mike Smith, center Jeff Halpern and winger Jussi Jokinen,

The Chicago Blackhawks pulled off a couple of trades – one veteran dump and one swap of former first round draft picks. Dale Tallon sent winger Martin Lapointe, a 34-year-old UFA, to Ottawa for a 2008 sixth round draft pick. Chicago also swapped winger Tuomo Ruutu (9th overall in 2001) to Carolina for winger Andrew Ladd (4th overall in 2004).

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