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Deadline trade frenzy includes St. Louis to Rangers

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The NHL trade deadline started a day early this season, with the Vancouver Canucks shocking the hockey world by sending goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

The move kicked off a busy 24 hours for NHL general managers anxious to improve their teams for the stretch run and playoffs.

The biggest deal of the deadline day Wednesday saw Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star forward Martin St. Louis being shipped to the New York Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.

In the swap of team captains, the Lightning will conditionally receive a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a second-rounder in 2014. The second-round pick would become a first-rounder if the Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference finals this year. In addition, the Rangers would receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and the Lightning a seventh-round pick in 2015 if Callahan re-signs with Tampa Bay.

St. Louis requested a trade after not initially being selected for Team Canada's Olympic team by Lightning general manager and former Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman.

"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 tomorrow night.

"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. He has been one of the greatest players in the organization's history, but in the end we honored his request today."

The 38-year-old St. Louis was in the midst of a stellar season with 29 goals and 32 assists for 62 points. The 28-year-old Callahan has 11 goals and 14 assists this season.

In other moves Wednesday:

--The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. Gaborik, who appeared in just 22 games this season due to a collarbone injury, will be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season. Columbus gets right winger Matt Frattin and two draft picks -- reportedly a second-rounder and a conditional third-rounder. The 32-year-old Gaborik has 342 goals and 688 points over 13 seasons with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Minnesota Wild. The 26-year-old Frattin, has two goals in 40 games this season. The move comes after the Kings acquired Brayden McNabb and two second-round picks from the Buffalo Sabres for prospects winger Hudson Fasching and defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers. Also Wednesday, the Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Nick Schultz from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

--After acquiring goaltender Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, the Florida Panthers sent veteran goalie Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Dan Ellis, according to reports. The 39-year-old Thomas posted a 16-20-3 record with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season with the Panthers. The former Boston Bruins netminder returned to the NHL this season after sitting out in 2012-13. Thomas, who had a no-movement clause in his contract, will join Kari Lehtonen, who is the Stars' No. 1 goalie, in Dallas. Ellis was 5-6-0 with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 14 games this season for the Stars.

--The Minnesota Wild landed forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Torrey Mitchell and draft picks, according to reports. Considered one of the top players available at the trade deadline, Moulson has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games in 2013-14. He started the season with the New York Islanders and was traded to Sabres in a late October deal that included winger Thomas Vanek. With the Sabres, the 30-year-old Moulson had 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The 30-year-old McCormick, also set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, had one goal and five points in 29 games for the Sabres this season. Mitchell, 29, scored one goal and had nine points in 58 games this season for the Wild. He has one year remaining on his contract.

--The Detroit Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday in exchange for right winger Patrick Eaves, a third-round draft pick and a prospect. Legwand, a Detroit native, waived a no-trade close to go to the Red Wings. The Predators' first draft pick in 1998, Legwand played in 956 regular-season and 47 postseason games with Nashville. His career totals include 210 goals and 356 assists. In 62 games this season, Legwand had 40 points. The 33-year-old Legwand will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Eaves had two goals and three assists in 25 games this season.

--The New York Islanders traded left winger Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round draft pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg. Vanek, an unrestricted free agent after the season, rejected a contract extension offer from the Islanders last month. He came to the team in late October in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for Matt Moulson, a conditional first-round draft pick and a 2015 second-round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres. In 47 games with the Islanders, Vanek totaled 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points. In 60 games this season for the Isles and Sabres, Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points.

--The Washington Capitals obtained goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla. Halak departs Buffalo without playing a game for the Sabres, who acquired him as part of the trade that shipped goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues last week. In 40 games this season for the Blue, Halak had a 24-9-4 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The 25-year-old Neuvirth had a 4-6-2 record with a 2.82 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 13 games this season. Klesla came to the Capitals on Tuesday from the Phoenix Coyotes in the Martin Erat trade. In 25 games with the Coyotes this season, the 31-year-old Klesla had one goal and three assists.

--The Ottawa Senators acquired right winger Ales Hemsky from the Oilers for a third round pick in the 2015 draft and a fifth round pick in this year's draft. The 30-year-old Hemsky, who has nine goals and 26 points this season, will leave the Oilers after 11 seasons after having scored 142 goals and 335 assists in 652 career regular-season games. Hemsky is in the final year of a deal with a $5 million per year salary cap hit.

--The New Jersey Devils acquired veteran winger Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017. In 57 games with the Hurricanes this season, the 31-year-old Ruutu, in the second year of a four-year $19 million deal, has five goals and 11 assists. In 606 career NHL games with the Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks, Ruutu scored 138 goals and 186 assists. The 23-year-old Loktionov has 19 goals and 19 assists in 135 career games with the Devils and Los Angeles Kings.

--The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft and a third-rounder in 2015. The 30-year-old Goc is a nine-year NHL veteran. He has 11 goals and 12 assists in 62 games this season. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer. His current cap hit is $1.7. In 550 NHL games, Goc has 72 goals and 105 assists.

--The Montreal Canadiens acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Nashville Predators for future considerations. Dubnyk will add depth to the Habs goaltending situation after No. 1 netminder Carey Price was placed on injured reserve Monday with a lower-body injury aggravated while playing for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympic games. Dubnyk is 11-18-3 in a 34 games this season with Edmonton and Nashville.

--The Rangers added defensive defenseman Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks for a fifth round pick in 2015.

--The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a third-round pick in this year's draft Wednesday. The 28-year-old Meszaros made just 38 total appearances this season, recording five goals and 17 points this season. Meszaros is in the final of a six-year, $24 million deal.

--The Calgary Flames, who have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, were sellers at the deadline, making two deals. Calgary sent right winger Lee Stempniak to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third-round pick in this year's draft. Stempniak, 31, recorded eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games with the Flames this season. His minus-21 rating is the worst of his nine-year career. Calgary also dealt goalie Reto Berra to the Colorado Avalanche. Berra, 27, went 9-17-2 in 29 games (27 starts) for the Flames this season. He had a 2.95 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.

In previously announced moves Tuesday:

--The 34-year-old Luongo was traded from Vancouver to Florida for center Shawn Matthias and goalie Jacob Markstrom. Luongo, who was with the Panthers for five years earlier his career, posted a 19-16-6 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage in 42 games for the Canucks this season. The 26-year-old Matthias has nine goals and seven assists in 59 games this season. Markstrom, 24, posted a 1-6 record with a 3.52 GAA in 12 games. He was considered the Panthers' top goaltending prospect.

--The Philadelphia Flyers added defenseman Andrew MacDonald in a trade with the New York Islanders for a 2015 second-round draft pick, a 2014 third-round pick and forward prospect Matt Mangene. The 27-year-old MacDonald leads the NHL in blocked shots with 198 and his average ice time of 25 minutes per game ranks fifth in the league among defensemen this season. MacDonald also has four goals and 20 assists in 63 games.

--The Washington Capitals traded forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Chris Brown, defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. Erat registered just two goals in 62 games over two seasons in Washington. The 31-year-old Klesla appeared in just 25 games for the Coyotes this season and was on waivers earlier in the year. Brown, 23, was Phoenix's second-round pick in 2009. He has 14 goals in the AHL this season. Both will be sent to the Capitals' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Pa. Mitchell, 27, had six points in 20 games with Hershey this season.

The trade was the second of the day for both teams, with Washington acquiring forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round in this year's draft and Phoenix trading defenseman David Rundblad to the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick this year.

--The Minnesota Wild acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. "Bryzgalov is a quality veteran that adds depth to the goaltending position for our team," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. The 33-year-old Bryzgalov appeared in 20 games with Edmonton this season, posting a 5-8-5 record with a 3.01 GAA and a .913 save percentage. In his NHL career, Bryzgalov has a 213-157-50 record, with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average.

--The Chicago Blackhawks acquired minor league defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday for a second-round pick in this year's draft. The 23-year-old Rundblad had one point in 12 games for the Coyotes this season and nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 50 career games. Brisebois had four points in 28 games for the Portland Pirates of the AHL this season.
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