An era ended and a new one began for veteran defenceman Teppo Numminen on Tuesday.
Numminen, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets organization, was dealt to the Dallas Stars as part of a three-way trade, which also saw defenceman Darryl Sydor moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets and centre Mike Sillinger shipped to the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Jackets acquired two-time all-star Sydor in exchange for Sillinger and a second-round draft pick in 2004.
The Stars then moved Sillinger to the Coyotes in exchange for Numminen, whose $4.5-million US contract for next season was too expensive for Phoenix.
The Coyotes also received a conditional draft pick from the Stars.
Numminen, 35, leaves the Coyotes as the franchise's leader in games played (1,098), and ranks first among defencemen in team history in goals (108), assists (426) and points (534).
He had six goals, 24 assists and an even-rating in 78 games last season.
"Teppo Numminen has literally been our franchise player," Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett said in a release. "He is a first-class individual. He has been an on-ice leader and a role model for all of our players.
"We will always remember his 15 years of service and dedication to this organization."
Numminen has been the team's captain for the past two seasons and has notched at least 30 points the last six seasons.
"Teppo Numminen is a talented player who adds veteran leadership and experience to our defensive corps," Stars GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement.
"He plays a solid game on both ends of the ice and is the consummate professional. We're very excited to add him to our team."
The Coyotes will save money in the deal as Sillinger is set to earn $1.8 million US next season.
The Jackets, who earlier this month signed free agents Todd Marchant and Trevor Letowski, added more to their payroll with Sydor due to earn $3.5 million next season.
Last season, Sydor recorded five goals and 31 assists with 40 penalty minutes and was plus-22 in 81 games with the Stars.
In 863 career games with the Stars and Los Angeles Kings, the 31-year-old Sydor has collected 82 goals and 323 assists for 405 points with 598 penalty minutes.
"Darryl Sydor is a perfect fit for our hockey club and I am ecstatic that we were able to bring him to Columbus," Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean said in a statement.
"Not only is he an excellent puck mover and strong power play performer, but he is a winner having won a Memorial Cup championship in juniors and a Stanley Cup with the Stars."
Sillinger, 32, joined the Blue Jackets as a free agent prior to the 2001-02 season and registered 38 goals and 48 assists in 155 games with the club.
Sillinger has 153 goals and 221 assists in 753 career NHL games with Columbus, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Anaheim and Detroit.
with files from Sports Network and Canadian Press