Smyth trade tops among deadline deals
The Edmonton Oilers sentRyan Smyth to the New York Islanders just beforeTuesday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline, overshadowing earlier deals involving two other star power forwards.
Edmontonreceived a 2007 first-round draft choice, winger Robert Nilsson and centre Ryan O'Marra in the trade for Smyth, whois due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, in which he is making $3.5 million US.
"Ryan Smyth is a premier NHL player," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. "The New York Islanders are proud to have Ryan become a member of our organization."
Smyth, 31, had spent all 11 of his NHL seasons with Edmonton, becoming a fan favourite and the team's emotional centre with his rugged play while serving as an alternate captain.
In 53 games this season,Smythhad31 goals and 53 points, both team highs, but the Oilers failed to sign him to a contract extension.
Smyth's agent Don Meehan said that he and the Oilers talked over the last 24 hours but couldn't get a deal done.
"I'm surprised actually given what Ryan is to the community and what he has been to the franchise," Meehan said. "But I understand that with all due respect they have the ability to make these decisions and that's what management has to do in these circumstances."
The Oilers,whowill retire Mark Messier's No. 11 jersey in a ceremony prior toTuesday's game against Phoenix,are nine points behind Calgary for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Islanders, who on Mondaygot winger Richard Zednik from the Washington Capitals,are one point behind eighth-place Carolina in the East.
Red Wings land Bertuzzi
The Detroit Red Wings also made a major dealahead ofthe deadline, acquiring rugged winger Todd Bertuzzi from the Florida Panthers.
The Panthersgot forward Shawn Matthias and up to two conditional draft picks in the deal. If the six-foor-four, 235-pound Bertuzzi signs with Detroit when he becomes an unrestrictedfree agent after the season, the Red Wings will part with one pick this year and another next year.
"Bertuzzi is a huge, talented man that adds the dimensions of size and skill that we need on one of our top two lines," Detroit coach Mike Babcock told the Associated Press. "We'll give up a first-round pick if there are a lot of conditions met, such as us winning a lot in the playoffs and him helping us do that. We'd be happy to give up that pick."
Bertuzzi has a goal and six assists in seven games this season for the Panthers, who acquired him in an off-season trade with the Vancouver Canucks. The 32-year-old hasn't played since Oct. 18 and is still not ready to return from back surgery.
Bertuzzi, who is earning $5.27 million US this season,gained infamy while playing for the Canucks in March 2004, when he punched Colorado's Steve Moore in the head in one of hockey's ugliest episodes.Bertuzzi served a 17-month suspension that spanned the 2004-05 NHL lockout before returning to the Canucks last season.
On Monday night, the Red Wings acquired forward Kyle Calder in a three-team deal for forward Jason Williams.
Guerin on way to San Jose
In the day'sfirst big move involving a big forward,the San Jose Sharks picked up Bill Guerin from St. Louis.
In exchange for the six-foot-two, 210-pound winger, the Sharks sent the Blues a first-round draft choice in 2007, forward Ville Nieminen and prospect Jay Barriball.
Guerin said he'll play wherever he's needed in San Jose, which sits sixth in the Western Conference.
"They've just got so much talent up front that it doesn't really matter," Guerin said. "Wherever [coach Ron Wilson] wants to put me, wherever he thinks I'll fit best."
Guerin, 36,had 28 goals and 19 assists for the Blues this season, but with a salary of $2 million US and St. Louis 14 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent had been on the trading block for some time, with several interested teams.
It wasthe secondmajor move for the Blues in the last few days. On Sunday, they traded forward Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta for a slew of draftpicks and forward Glen Metropolit.
Leafs, Sens, Flamesstrike deals
The Toronto Maple Leafs joined the action in the final hour before the deadline, getting face-off whiz Yanic Perreault and a fifth-round pick from the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Brendan Bell and a second-rounder.
Perreault, who will begin his third stint with the Leafs,has 19 goals and 33 points in 49 games since signing with the Coyotes in late October. The 35-year-old leads the league with a 62.6 face-off win percentage.
"[Perreault] hasbeen a real productive player the last few seasons," said Leafs general manager John Ferguson, who also made official the re-signing of winger Darcy Tucker to a four-year deal."He's the top face-off percentage man in the league. That's been his calling card and he's shown it again this year."
Earlier in the day, the Ottawa Senators made their own deal with Phoenix, acquiring winger Oleg Saprykin and a late-round draft pick in exchange for a second-round choice.
Saprykin, 26,has recorded 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games this season. In 313 career games,he has 54 goals and 81 assists.
"I'm just looking forward to going to Ottawa, playing in the playoffs and trying to win the Stanley Cup," Saprykin said. "That's the goal right now."
The Calgary Flames made a minor move, gettingdefenceman David Hale and a fifth-round draft pick from New Jerseyin exchange for a third-round pick.
"He still has room to develop and he fits in well," Flames GM Darryl Sutter said. "Its hard to find that type of player in the market today."
In 43 games this season the 26-year-old Hale has one assist and 26 minutes in penalties.
The Vancouver Canucks made their moves on Monday, grabbing veteran centre Bryan Smolinskifrom Chicago andre-acquiring defenceman Brent Sopel from Los Angeles.
The Montreal Canadiens also stood pat on Tuesday after sending defenceman Craig Rivet to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Sabres, Penguins active
The Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres werebusy on Tuesday, making four deals.
Buffalo kicked offthe day'saction by dealing backup goaltender Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick and picking up journeyman netminder Ty Conklin from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth-rounder.
Later, Buffalo got forward Dainus Zubrus and minor-league defenceman Timo Helbling from Washingtonin exchange for a first-round selection and forward Jiri Novotny.
The Sabres completed the day by trading a fourth-round draft pick to Nashville for minor league defenceman Mikko Lehtonen.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were also active, acquiring tough guy Georges Laraque from Phoenix for minor-league forward Daniel Carcillo and a late-round choice, and sending forward Dominic Moore to the Minnesota Wild for a third-rounder.
On Monday night, the Penguins picked up veteran winger Gary Robertsfrom Florida for young defenceman Noah Welch.
In a significant deal struck just prior to the Tuesday deadline,Los Angelessentcaptain Mattias Norstrom to Dallas.
The Kings also sent forward Konstatin Pushkarev and third- and fourth-round picks in 2007 to the Stars in exchange for a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks this year, defenceman Jaroslav Modry and a defensive prospect.
With files from the Canadian Press