Fedorov, Hossa brothers, Huet, Richards traded

Busy afternoon before NHL's trade deadline

26.02.2008
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The Pittsburgh Penguins added Slovak Marian Hossa. Photo: Europhoto/Jukka Rautio

NEW YORK - The lines at the NHL's headquarters must have been running hot until the trade deadline at 3pm EST as many well-known players are changing their jerseys.

Slovakian sniper Marian Hossa was rumoured to go to many teams before the deadline. It was the Pittsburgh Penguins which acquired him, along with Pascal Dupuis in a blockbuster deal. The Atlanta Thrashers dealt Hossa with no agreement in place for next season. Atlanta received forwards Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, junior player Angelo Esposito and a first-round draft pick. Hossa appeared in five All-Star Games and represented Slovakia in seven World Championships and two Olympics.

Hossa's younger brother Marcel Hossa was also traded along with Al Montoya, who was named the best goalkeeper with the U.S. at the 2004 World U20 Championship. They pair are going from the New York Rangers to Phoenix, which send netminder David Leneveu, forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton to the Big Apple.

The Montreal Canadiens surprised all by trading their top goaltender, Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a second-round pick. Huet, who was leading the Canadiens' goalkeeper stats in ice time and save percentage, was surprised but self-critical after the trade. "I didn't play well enough the last three weeks. Now I have a chance to join another team and try to help them jump into the playoffs," he said at a media conference. Carey Price, who was Canada's hero at the 2007 World U20 Championship, will replace Huet; Slovak Jaroslav Halak has been recalled from the AHL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded a key forward in another bulky deal. Centre Brad Richards along with goalie Johan Holmqvist were traded to the Dallas Stars in return for netminder Mike Smith, forwards Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth-round pick.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Russian centre Sergei Fedorov before his five-year, $40m deal expired to Washington in exchange for defenceman Ted Ruth, a 2007 draft pick. Fedorov, the 1994 MVP, has 469 goals and 663 assists in 17 seasons with 1175 NHL games. He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner and also won two World Championships.

Columbus also traded Adam Foote, who is going back to the Colorado Avalanche where he played from 1995-2004. The blueliner, who won gold at the 2002 Olympics, was traded for a conditional first-round draft pick in 2008 or 2009. He's in the final year of a three-year, $13.5m contract.

Colorado and Florida exchanged Soviet-born defencemen. Belarusian Ruslan Salei will play for the Avalanche, while Latvian Karlis Skarstins goes to Florida. Salei has two years left on his four-year, $12.1m contract. Skrastins hit the headlines when he played 495 consecutive games from 2000-2007 and broke the NHL record for defenders.


Trade overview
  • Anaheim Ducks: + Jean-Sébastien Aubin (GK, CAN) + Marc-André Bergeron (DE, CAN) + Jay Leach (DE, USA) - Brandon Bochenski (RW, USA) - Brandon Segal (RW, CAN)
  • Atlanta Thrashers: + Colby Armstrong (RW, CAN) + Erik Christensen (CE, CAN) + Joe Motzko (RW, USA) - Marian Hossa (RW, SVK) - Pascal Dupuis (LW, CAN) - + Alexandre Giroux (FW, CAN)
  • Buffalo Sabres: + Steve Bernier (RW, CAN) - Brian Campbell (DE, CAN)
  • Carolina Hurricanes: + Tuomo Ruutu (LW, FIN) - Andrew Ladd (LW, CAN)
  • Chicago Blackhawks: + Andrew Ladd (LW, CAN) - Martin Lapointe (RW, CAN) - Tuomo Ruutu (LW, FIN)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: - Adam Foote (DE, CAN) - Sergei Fedorov (CE, RUS)
  • Colorado Avalanche: + Adam Foote (DE, CAN) + Ruslan Salei (DE, BLR) - Karlis Skrastins (DE, LAT)
  • Dallas Stars: + Brad Richards (CE, CAN) + Johan Holmqvist (GK, SWE) - Mike Smith (GK, CAN) - Jeff Halpern (CE, USA) - Jussi Jokinen (LW, FIN)
  • Detroit Red Wings: + Brad Stuart (DE, CAN)
  • Florida Panthers: + Karlis Skrastins (DE, LAT) + Wade Belak (FW, CAN) + Chad Kilger (RW, CAN)- Ruslan Salei (DE, BLR)
  • Los Angeles Kings: - Jean-Sébastien Aubin (GK, CAN) - Brad Stuart (DE, CAN)
  • Minnesota Wild: + Chris Simon (LW, CAN)
  • Montreal Canadiens: - Cristobal Huet (GK, FRA)
  • Nashville Predators: + Jan Hlavac (LW, CZE) + Brandon Bochenski (RW, USA)
  • New Jersey Devils: + Bryce Salvador (DE, CAN) - Cam Janssen (RW, USA)
  • New York Islanders: + Rob Davison (DE, CAN) - Marc-André Bergeron (DE, CAN)
  • New York Rangers: + David Leneveu (GK, CAN) + Christian Backman (DE, SWE) + Fredrik Sjostrom (RW, SWE) + Josh Gratton (LW, CAN) - Al Montoya (GK, USA) - Marcel Hossa (FW, SVK)
  • Ottawa Senators: + Martin Lapointe (RW, CAN)
  • Philadelphia Flyers: + Vaclav Prospal (CE, CZE) - Alexandre R. Picard (DE, CAN)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: + Hal Gill (DE, USA) + Marian Hossa (RW, SVK) + Pascal Dupuis (LW, CAN) - Colby Armstrong (RW, CAN) - Erik Christensen (CE, CAN)
  • Phoenix Coyotes: + Al Montoya (GK, USA) + Marcel Hossa (FW, SVK) - David Leneveu (GK, CAN) - Fredrik Sjostrom (RW, SWE) - Josh Gratton (LW, CAN)
  • San Jose Sharks: + Brian Campbell (DE, CAN) - Rob Davison (DE, CAN) - Steve Bernier (RW, CAN)
  • St. Louis Blues: + Cam Janssen (RW, USA) - Christian Backman (DE, SWE) - Bryce Salvador (DE, CAN)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: + Mike Smith (GK, CAN) + Alexandre R. Picard (DE, CAN) + Jeff Halpern (CE, USA) + Jussi Jokinen (LW, FIN) + Brandon Segal (RW, CAN) - Brad Richards (CE, CAN) - Johan Holmqvist (GK, SWE) - Jay Leach (DE, USA) - Jan Hlavac (LW, CZE) - Vaclav Prospal (CE, CZE)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: - Hal Gill (DE, USA) - Wade Belak (FW, CAN) - Chad Kilger (RW, CAN)
  • Vancouver Canucks: + Matt Pettinger (LW, CAN) - Matt Cooke (LW, CAN)
  • Washington Capitals: + Cristobal Huet (GK, FRA) + Sergei Fedorov (CE, RUS) + Matt Cooke (LW, CAN) + Alexandre Giroux (FW, CAN) - Joe Motzko (RW, USA) - Matt Pettinger (LW, CAN)

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