Wed 4 Mar 2009
With less than two hours left to the NHL Trade Deadline, Calgary GM Darryl Sutter is pulling out all stops to close the gap between the Flames and Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. After reacquiring defenseman Jordan Leopold, Sutter has acquired center Olli Jokinen and a third round draft pick from Phoenix in exchange for center Matthew Lombardi, tough guy winger Brandon Prust and a first round draft pick in either 2009 or 2010 (at Calgaryâ€™s option). Sutter may not be done dealing yet because he may have to clear out cap space for Jokinen and Leopold.
The Rangers had their first taste of deadline day doings as the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Erik Reitz off of waivers. Brian Burke has been busy today as he also claimed goaltender Martin Gerber from the Ottawa Senators. According to TSN, Gerber will serve as a replacement for starter Vesa Toskala who will miss the remainder of the season due to groin and hip surgery.
In another waiver move, the Dallas Stars claimed center Brendon Morrison off of waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Morrison will replace the injured Brad Richards who will miss the rest of the season. Anaheim aived Morrison because they needed to create salary cap space
In another goalie move, GM Don Maloney dealt Mikael Tellqvist to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2010 fourth round draft pick. The Sabres view Tellqvist as insurance against Ryan Millerâ€™s high ankle sprain.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis swapped AHL defensemen with the Penguins acquiring Andy Wozniewski from the Blues for Danny Richmond. Wozniewski (6-5/225) is a 28-year-old defensive d-man who was signed as an UFA by the Blues from Toronto. Richmond (6-0/192) is a 24-year-old offensive d-man who was signed as an UFA by the Penguins from the Chicago Blackhawks.
As expected, the Ducks traded a defenseman. However, it was Steve Montador going to Boston for forward Petteri Nokelainen. The Bruins can use the rugged Montador on the blue line or at wing and the Ducks might view Nokelainen as a more-offensive Sami Pahlsson â€“ who was also acquired from the Bruins.
Ranger fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Tampa Bay traded Mark Recchi to Boston for a pair of prospects. The Lighting receive defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums.
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