The Hockey News 2011 Trade Deadline Central

The NHL’s trade deadline day is an emotional roller-coaster for fans and players alike. The moves made can impact a team immediately and for years to come, so anticipation is justifiably intense. will be providing up-to-the-minute updates on each transaction followed by instant analysis from one of our experts. And don’t forget to tell us what you think – give us your take on each deal by leaving a comment and voting on our polls.

While you’re waiting for the deadline deadline day deals to be struck, check out’s Rumor Roundup for all the trade talk leading into deadline day and Ken Campbell’s blog on storylines to follow right through until the 3 p.m. deadline. Also be sure to check out’s Trade Log, where you can find all trades made this NHL season.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the madness each Trade Deadline brings.


4:10 EST
Boston Bruins

Anton Khudobin, G

Minnesota Wild

Jeff Penner, D; Mikko Lehtonen, RW

ANALYSIS: Trading a minor league goaltender wasn’t exactly the kind of deal Minnesota Wild fans were seeking, particularly with the team in a heated playoff race in the Western Conference and No. 1 center Mikko Koivu injured. The Bruins, meanwhile, get a Kazak version of Tim Thomas in Anton Khudobin, the acrobatic and unorthodox goalie who played four games for the Wild earlier this season and was lights out, picking up two wins in four appearances and posting a save percentage of .940. He’s a restricted free agent after this season. Neither Jeff Penner nor Mikko Lehtonen was a top-10 prospect for the Bruins in THN’s annual Future Watch edition. The key to the deal for the Wild might be Lehtonen, who posted two 50-point seasons with the Bruins American League affiliate before going to Skelleftea in Sweden, where he has 29 goals and 56 points in 52 games. – KC


3:40 EST
Atlanta Thrashers

Brett Festerling, D

Montreal Canadiens

Drew MacIntyre, G

ANALYSIS: This is the second time Brett Festerling has been moved this year, after Montreal originally obtained him from Anaheim for Maxim Lapierre. He turns 25 on Thursday, so it’s getting to make-or-break time for him.

Drew MacIntyre gives the Canadiens organization some goaltending depth at the American League level. Curtis Sanford is the starter in Hamilton, but the Bulldogs were thin in the crease beyond that. – RD


3:23 EST
Vancouver Canucks

Maxim Lapierre, RW; MacGregor Sharp, C

Anaheim Ducks

Joel Perrault, RW; 2012 third round pick

ANALYSIS: In the second of two deadline deals, the Vancouver Canucks boosted their pest quotient with the acquisition of Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim for center Joel Perrault and a third round draft pick.

The Canucks are the third NHL team to employ the 25-year-old Lapierre this season; he was traded by Montreal to Anaheim on New Year’s Eve – and after putting up only five goals and eight points in 38 games with the Canadiens, he had even less of an impact as a Duck (no goals and three assists in 21 games). He’ll add speed to the Canucks’ fourth line and with the depth and talent that surrounds him in Vancouver, he’ll have no excuses if he fails to earn his keep.

The 27-year-old Perrault is a decent enough depth player Anaheim can lean on during their playoff run. But the real potential for impact – good or bad – is with Lapierre in Vancouver. – AP


3:22 EST
Columbus Blue Jackets

Greg Moore, RW; Michael Chaput, C

Philadelphia Flyers

Tom Sestito, LW

ANALYSIS: In a swap of minor-leaguers, the Flyers come out with a member of the Fightin’ Sestitos, landing the bigger one – 6-foot-5, 228-pound Tom. He scored 42 goals in his final year of junior and though Sestito’s game is more physical, he did have two goals and four points in nine games with the Jackets this season. In Moore and Chaput, Columbus gets a depth minor-leaguer and a point-per-game prospect in the Quebec League with an edge to his game. – RK


3:20 EST
Florida Panthers

Evan Oberg, D; 2013 third round pick

Vancouver Canucks

Christopher Higgins, LW

ANALYSIS: Already a team blessed with speed, the Vancouver Canucks landed even more of it when they traded defensive prospect Evan Oberg and a third round pick to Florida in exchange for veteran left winger Chris Higgins.

Higgins – who was traded last year with Ales Kotalik from the Rangers to Calgary for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust – had 11 goals and 23 points in 48 games for the Panthers this season. The 27-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year and will serve as a depth winger during the Canucks’ playoff run.

Oberg wasn’t drafted by any NHL team, signing as a free agent with Vancouver in 2009 after finishing his NCAA career with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs; in 38 games with the American League’s Manitoba Moose this year, the 6-foot native of Forrestburg, Alta., had seven goals and 11 points. – AP



3:18 EST
Calgary Flames

Fredrik Modin, LW

Atlanta Thrashers

2011 seventh round pick

ANALYSIS: Although Modin is a ghost of his former 30-goal pedigree, he will provide the Flames with a big shot off the wing and will likely play on the third line with Matt Stajan and Rene Bourque. Modin has been hampered by back woes most of the past four seasons, but can produce in short spurts and will surely receive duty on the second power play unit. His addition will bump Niklas Hagman to the spare forward role. – BC.



3:06 EST
Washington Capitals

Jason Arnott, C

New Jersey Devils

David Steckel, C; second round pick

ANALYSIS: Jason Arnott, a UFA come July 1, helps fill a couple of Capital holes. First off, Washington has addressed the need for a center to play behind Nicklas Backstrom. Arnott, now 36, isn’t going to move the offensive needle too much at this point in his career, but he’s still got good size and decent hands. He also has a championship ring – complete with Cup-winning overtime goal – on the resume. Anybody with a history of being successful in the playoffs is welcome is Washington.

Also, as we touched on earlier when the Caps acquired Dennis Wideman, a power play you would expect to be overwhelmingly good is ranked 25th in the league. Parking Arnott in front of the goal on the second man-advantage unit can help with that.

In David Steckel, the Devils get a 6-foot-5 center whose 63.7 faceoff winning percentage is tops in the league. Steckel is just a couple weeks shy of his 29th birthday and isn’t about to develop an offensive component to his game now, but there’s still value in being a big guy who can dominate the dot.
Throw in a second-rounder going the Devils’ way and this trade makes sense for both clubs. – RD



3:00 EST
Toronto Maple Leafs

2012 seventh round pick

New York Rangers

John Mitchell, C

ANALYSIS: John Mitchell moving from the Leafs to the Rangers for a seventh round pick in 2012 is a classic Brian Burke deal allowing a player buried on his team to get a chance elsewhere.

Hard to believe a speedy center like Mitchell couldn’t crack a Leafs roster that includes one legitimate NHLer up the middle in Mikhail Grabovski. But despite all the chances in the world, Mitchell couldn’t stay healthy or in the Toronto lineup this season. Whether he is able to make the Rangers is up for debate. There’s little to no room at center, even with Chris Drury on injured reserve. Injuries may have opened a spot on the wing, but AHL Connecticut is a distinct possibility. Mitchell, 26, will be a restricted free agent this summer. -JG

2:28 EST
Edmonton Oilers

Colten Teubert, D; 2011 first round pick 2012 conditional third round pick

Los Angeles Kings

Dustin Penner, LW

ANALYSIS: The key to any Dustin Penner trade Monday was going to revolve around the price tag and the Kings went all-in by giving up a first-rounder. Though that selection is no longer off-limits in NHL bartering, it is still steep for a player who has long underwhelmed with his physical play, despite his size. Teubert, taken 13th overall in 2008, has slid as a prospect since his draft year. The surly blueliner has done time in the ECHL and his THN Future Watch status went from 30th to 48th to off the list this year.

For the rebuilding Oilers, the first-rounder and conditional pick are the big wins, as is the fact Penner’s $4.25 million cap hit is off the books for next season.

The Kings will hope for some instant offense from Penner, who does have a Stanley Cup ring from his Anaheim days. With L.A. in a dogfight to stay in amongst the top eight in the West, this move was intended to make a statement. – RK


2:10 EST
St. Louis Blues

2012 third round pick

Anaheim Ducks

Brad Winchester, LW

ANALYSIS: With only nine goals and 14 points for the Blues this season, Winchester, saw his ice time drop from the mid-teens to the single digits over the past month and became expendable in St. Louis once their injured bodies up front began to return. For only a third round pick, it’s a good deal for both sides. – EF.

2:08 EST
Florida Panthers

Sergei Samsonov, LW

Carolina Hurricanes

Bryan Allen, D

ANALYSIS: The firesale is in full swing in Florida and by dealing Bryan Allen, the Panthers get $2.9 million in cap hit and, far more importantly, a $3.15 million salary, off their books for next season. That’s why they were willing to take on an expiring contract for $2.53 million belonging to Sergei Samsonov, whom they will almost certainly have no interest in re-signing after this season. The Hurricanes get a serviceable 30-year-old defenseman in Allen, which makes you wonder whether they will deal Joni Pitkanen before the deadline. With about an hour to go, we’ll find out. Even if they don’t, it will protect them against the possible departure of Pitkanen as an unrestricted free agent after this season. -KC



2:00 EST
Chicago Blackhawks

Chris Campoli, D

Ottawa Senators

 Ryan Potulny, C; second round pick

ANALYSIS: One of the reasons why Bryan Murray’s job is in jeopardy in Ottawa is that two years ago he traded a first round pick – that was flipped a couple of times and ultimately turned out to be Kyle Palmieri – and Dean McAmmond to the New York Islanders for Campoli and Mike Comrie. Campoli is a serviceable defenseman, but clearly not the type for whom you should be giving up first-rounders. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, get some depth on their blueline as they chase down a playoff spot. Barring injury, there is no way Campoli comes anywhere near their top four, but will be a capable replacement for Jordan Hendry, who pairs with Nick Leddy on the third unit. Campoli comes with a $1.4 million cap hit for the rest of the season and the Hawks will have a chance to re-sign him as a restricted free agent. -KC


1:31 EST
Colorado Avalanche

Shawn Belle, D

Edmonton Oilers

Kevin Montgomery, D

ANALYSIS: Edmonton and Colorado moved bit parts around Monday, swapping minor league defensemen Shawn Belle and Kevin Montgomery.
Belle, 26, was the 30th overall pick of the 2003 draft by St. Louis out of Tri-City of the Western League and played in the 2005 World Junior Championship for Canada. This is the fourth time the Edmonton native has been traded. He has one assist in 16 career NHL games and had three goals and 20 points in 39 games with American League Oklahoma City. He will be an RFA after this season.
Montgomery, 22, was chosen in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2006 draft by Colorado. The former London Knight of the Ontario League is considered more of an offensive than defensive player. He had two goals and 19 points in 51 games with AHL Lake Erie this season. He is signed through 2011-12. -JG

12:54 EST
Phoenix Coyotes

Rostislav Klesla, D; Dane Byers, LW

Columbus Blue Jackets

Scottie Upshall, RW; Sami Lepisto, D

ANALYSIS: Two Western Conference teams battling to nail down a playoff spot completed a deal when Columbus traded franchise staple Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers to Phoenix for left winger Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto.

Klesla has spent all of his nine NHL seasons with Columbus, which drafted him fourth overall in 2000. But the 28-year-old D-man had missed 104 games to injury in the past two seasons and this year he was playing behind Fedor Tyutin and Jan Hejda. Klesla’s contract guarantees him $2.975 million through the 2013-14 campaign; although pricey considering his lack of production, the stability of the contract makes sense for the cash-conscious Coyotes.

Going the other way is Upshall – a 27-year-old now playing for his fourth NHL franchise – and Lepisto, a 26-year-old blueliner headed to his third team. Upshall, who’ll make $2.2 million this year, is on pace for what would be a career-high 20 goals and is an unrestricted free agent after this season; Lepisto is a restricted free agent in the summer, but given his production (four goals and 11 points in 51 games), he won’t get much of a raise on his $800,000 salary.

All in all, this is a trade intended to mix up both dressing rooms without changing the core of either. -AP


11:50 EST
Florida Panthers

Jake Hauswirth, C; 2011 third round pick

Washington Capitals

Dennis Wideman, D

ANALYSIS: The Caps didn’t surrender much here, but you still can’t help but wonder if they would have made this deal before Mike Green was diagnosed with a concussion following a hit from Rangers rookie Derek Stepan Friday night.

The offense-minded Wideman doesn’t really fit in with Washington’s renewed commitment to defensive play, which has produced middling results. Then again, the Caps’ power play is somehow ranked 25th in the league right now, so the heads-up play Wideman brings from the blueline does help address that. Wideman has another year left on his contract with a cap hit of just less than $4 million. From Florida’s perspective, this trade is a bit different than the other ones it’s made recently because GM Dale Tallon is jettisoning a player he actually acquired (in the Nathan Horton deal last summer) as opposed to the guys he inherited such as Radek Dvorak and Michael Frolik. The Panthers’ ground zero rebuild continues. -RD


10:39 EST
Florida Panthers

Niclas Bergfors, RW; Patrick Rissmiller, LW

Atlanta Thrashers

Radek Dvorak, RW; 2011 fifth round pick (via Carolina)

ANALYSIS: Just more than a year ago, Niclas Bergfors was an integral component of the blockbuster Ilya Kovalchuk trade and now he’s being peddled for a player who’s less productive this season, facing unrestricted free agency and is almost to the day 10 years older.

A curious deal for the Thrashers, but a positive one for the Panthers, who get another young player with potential. If Bergfors can display the same potential with Florida that he did with the New Jersey Devils and the Thrashers after coming over at the deadline last season, Florida wins the deal outright. If not, it’s probably a wash. Bergfors could take the Panthers to arbitration this summer, but with his modest numbers, it’s not as though he’s going to take them to the cleaners and if he does, they can always walk away from the award. -KC


12:00 EST
Buffalo Sabres

Brad Boyes, RW

St. Louis Blues

2011 second round pick

ANALYSIS: Get in and you have a chance. That would be a great playoff mantra for the Buffalo Sabres, who sit outside the edge of the Eastern Conference’s top eight right now, but hold some games in hand. The acquisition of Boyes gives the Sabres another top-six forward and one who has put up more than 40 goals in a season, even if his production has dropped off considerably since that 2007-08 campaign. With the emergence of Drew Stafford, Buffalo has that vaunted balance back that made the team dangerous several years ago. And with Ryan Miller in net, anything can happen if the team gets into the post-season.

For St. Louis, the Blues shed a $4 million cap hit that runs through next season, giving the team more flexibility in what is becoming an unexpected rebuild. Grabbing a second round pick from Buffalo will help that cause. –RK