Devils, Stars swap star forwards at busy NHL trade deadline

The struggling Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils shook up their lineups at the trade deadline in an effort to stabilize their precarious playoff positions.

Heading to New Jersey are forwards Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner. The Stars get centre Jason Arnott, winger Randy McKay and a first-round draft pick.

Arnott has 22 goals and 19 assists for the Devils this season, but has missed the last three games with a back-rib muscle injury. McKay has six goals in 55 games.

For Dallas, Nieuwendyk has 23 goals and 24 assists and Langenbrunner has 10 goals and 16 assists.

With just less than a month before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Stars sit in eighth in the Western Conference, while the Devils occupy seventh spot in the East.

In other trade deadline deals:

  • Edmonton traded defenceman Tom Poti and forward Rem Murray to the New York Rangers for forward Mike York and a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. Full Story

  • Yet again, Colorado Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix made a move to bolster his team for the playoffs. This season he picked up Darius Kasparaitis from the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Ville Nieminen and defenceman Rick Berry. Full Story

  • The Philadelphia Flyers traded for centre Adam Oates. In return for Oates the Washington Capitals get prospect goalie Maxime Ouellet as well as a first-round pick, second-round pick and a third-round pick in this year's draft. Washington also claimed winger Benoit Hogue off waivers from Boston. Full Story

  • The Montreal Canadiens made two additions to its roster, picking veteran forward Bill Lindsay off waivers from Florida and trading for backup goalie Stephane Fiset, who had spent much of the season in the Los Angeles Kings' farm system. Full Story

  • The New York Islanders swung a couple of deals before Tuesday's deadline. The Islanders obtained defenceman Darren Van Impe from the Florida Panthers and re-acquired forward Dave Roche from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. New York also claimed winger Jim Cummins off waivers from Anaheim. Full Story

  • The Boston Bruins acquired defencemen Sean Brown and Jeff Norton and centre Darryl Laplante in a trio of minor deals. Brown came over from the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Bobby Allen, Murphy was obtained from the Florida Panthers for a 2002 sixth-round pick, and Laplante was picked up from the Minnesota Wild for forward Greg Crozier. Full Story

  • The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenceman Lyle Odelein from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Jaroslav Spacek and a second-round draft pick in 2003. Full Story

  • The Detroit Red Wings added more defensive depth, acquiring Jiri Slegr from the Atlanta Thrashers for Yuri Butsayev and a third-round pick. Atlanta also traded Darcy Hordichuk and a fifth-round pick this year to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Kirill Safronov and winger Ruslan Zainullin. Full Story

  • Los Angeles claimed winger Ted Donato off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.

  • The Calgary Flames traded defenceman Jamie Allison to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Blake Sloan.

  • Buffalo acquired forward Bob Corkum from the Thrashers for a fifth-round draft pick this year.

  • The Devils also re-acquired Stephane Richer from Pittsburgh for a seventh-round draft choice in 2003.