NHL Trade Deadline roundup

Also see… 2011 NHL Trade Deadline tracker

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, announced that the club has acquired forwards David Lailberte and Stefan Chaput from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman.

Laliberte and Chaput will both report to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Laliberte, a 6’1”, 198-lb native of St. Liboire, Quebec, has 8-10=18 totals and 52 PIM in 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch and Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. In 11 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, he has 2-1=3 totals and 6 PIM. The 24-year-old was traded from the Flyers to the Ducks on November 21, 2010 with Pat Maroon in exchange for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson. Laliberte was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round (124th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 22-year-old Chaput has 3-7=10 totals and 15 PIM in 47 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch and Charlotte Checkers. The 6’0”, 192-lb native of Montreal, Quebec, has yet to appear in an NHL game. He was traded to Anaheim by the Carolina Hurricanes on November 23, 2010 with Matt Kennedy in exchange for Ryan Carter. He was originally drafted by Carolina in the fifth round (153rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

McGrattan, 29, has 4-1=5 totals and 97 PIM in 39 games with Providence (AHL) this season. In 182 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames, he has 3-11=14 totals and 395 PIM. The 6’4”, 235-lb native of Hamilton, Ontario was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft.

The 6’3”, 205-lb Zimmerman has 0-4=4 totals and 23 PIM in 30 games with Providence and Rochester (AHL) this season. The 23-year-old native of Denver, Colorado has yet to appear in an NHL game. He was traded to Boston by the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jeff LoVecchio, Jordan Knackstedt and a conditional 7th round draft pick on December 9, 2010. He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round (170th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced today that the club has acquired forwards Nicklas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Radek Dvorak and the Panthers’ fifth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Rissmiller, 32, ranks fourth on the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters this season with 31 points (12-19-31) in 49 games, including 15 points on the power play. The Belmont, Mass., native was loaned to Lake Erie early in the season after registering one goal in six contests with the Chicago Wolves.

Rissmiller, who appeared in the 2006 and 2010 AHL All-Star Classics, has totaled 314 points (110-214-314) in 466 career AHL games for Cleveland, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Lake Erie.

Rissmiller has also played in 183 National Hockey League contests for San Jose (2003-08), NY Rangers (2008-09) and Atlanta (2010-11), scoring 18 goals with 27 assists and 60 PIM.

Bergfors, 23, has played in 142 National Hockey League games for New Jersey (2007-10) and Atlanta (2010-11) recording 74 points (33-41-74). He has played in 52 games for Atlanta this year scoring 11 goals with 18 assists.

The Sodertalje, Sweden native was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (No. 23 overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and recorded 150 points (64-86-150) in 257 AHL games for Albany and Lowell before earning full-time NHL duty.

Nicklas Bergfors is a young, skilled forward that will give us some much needed offensive ability up front and Patrick Rissmiller is a veteran player that will bring leadership and experience to our organization,” Tallon said. “I’d also like to thank Radek Dvorak for his extensive contributions to the Panthers franchise.”

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Rostislav Klesla (RAHS-tih-slav, KLEHS-luh) and forward Dane Byers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto.

Byers, 25, has recorded 12-22-34 and 120 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games this season with the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale and the Springfield Falcons. Byers (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) has played in six career NHL games with the New York Rangers, posting one goal and 31 PIM. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the second-round (48th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has acquired defenseman Shawn Belle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Kevin Montgomery.

Belle will report to Colorado’s AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Belle, 26, has recorded 20 points (3g/17a) in 39 games for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. He also appeared in five NHL contests with the Oilers this season (no points).

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Belle was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (30th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound blueliner has appeared in 16 career NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton, totaling one assist.

Montgomery, 22, has recorded a career-high 19 points (2-17-19) in 51 AHL games for Lake Erie this season.

The Ottawa Senators, parent club of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, announced today the club has acquired center Ryan Potulny and a second-round draft pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Chris Campoli and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2012. The Blackhawks have the option to choose which of their second-round draft choices will go to Ottawa.

Potulny, 26, has recorded 18 goals and 23 assists in 58 games with the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs this season. He has been held scoreless in three NHL games with Chicago this season.

A native of Grand Forks, N.D., Potulny has recorded 22 goals, 22 assists and 54 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games with Chicago, the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round (87th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and has also played in the AHL for the Philadelphia Phantoms and Springfield Falcons. He recorded a career-high 38 goals and 62 points for Springfield in 2008-09.

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, have acquired defenseman Colten Teubert, a 1st round choice in 2011 and conditional 3rd round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for Dustin Penner.

Teubert, 21, was a 1st round choice, 13th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. The 6’4”, 195-pound rearguard has spent the season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, playing in 39 games and collecting 10 points (2G,8A) and 57 penalty minutes.

The White Rock, BC native played his junior hockey with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League appearing in 263 games recording 32 goals and 81 assists for 113 points. He was the captain for Regina in 2010 and named the team’s best defenseman at the end of the season.

Teubert has some international experience suiting up for Team Canada in the 2008 World U18 Championship winning gold as well as taking home gold in the World Junior Championship in 2009 and silver in 2010.

The Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the Manitoba Moose, today announced they have traded defenceman Evan Oberg to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Chris Higgins and a third round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Oberg, 23, has played in 38 games so far this season with Manitoba. In that time, he’s scored 11 points (7g, 4a) and 26 penalty minutes. He has a pair of multi-point games with Manitoba this season. Oberg has played in 109 career games in two seasons with the Moose where he’s scored 37 points (10g, 27a) and collected 88 penalty minutes. He has played in four NHL games in his career with Vancouver.

Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the Manitoba Moose, announced today that the Canucks have acquired centers Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for center Joel Perrault and a 2012 3rd round draft pick.

Perrault, has played in 26 games with the Moose so far this season and has scored 18 points (3g, 15a) along with 33 penalty minutes. The Montreal, PQ native has missed the past 26 games with a lower body injury. Perrault has also appeared in seven games so far this season with Vancouver. The Montreal, PQ native has played in 96 career NHL games with Phoenix, St. Louis, and Vancouver where he has 26 points (12g, 14a) and 68 penalty minutes. In 312 career AHL games with San Antonio, Peoria, and Manitoba, Perrault has 225 points (97g, 128a) and 247 penalty minutes. Perrault was originally drafted by Anaheim in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Sharp, 25, has appeared in 50 games this season with the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. The Red Deer, AB native has recorded 13 points (6g, 7a) and 26 penalty minutes with the Crunch. Sharp has appeared in 96 career AHL games with Syracuse, San Antonio, and Iowa. The 6’1”, 180-pound center has played in eight NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks.

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired goalie Anton Khudobin in a trade with the Minnesota Wild, in exchange for Providence Bruins defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent (RFA) rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen. Khudobin will report to Providence (AHL).

Khudobin, a 5’11”, 203-lb native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, has appeared in 34 games for the AHL’s Houston Aeros, with a 19-12-1 record, a GAA of 2.58 and a .911 save percentage. The 24-year-old has played in four NHL games this season with Minnesota, having a record of 2-1-0, a 1.59 GAA and a save percentage of .940. He recorded his first career NHL shutout when he made 32 saves in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on January 16. He has one shutout this year for Houston.

Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Khudobin has appeared in six career NHL games, all with Minnesota. He has a 4-1-0 record, a 1.39 GAA and a .955 save percentage with one shutout.

Khudobin was an AHL All-Star for the Aeros in 2010.

Penner, a 23-year-old native of Steinbach, Minnesota, has 5-14=19 totals with 30 PIM in 57 games this season with Providence. At the time of the trade, he led the P-Bruins in plus/minus with a plus-10 rating. He has appeared in two career NHL games, both during the 2009-10 season with Boston, and had no points or PIM. Penner was undrafted and played one season of collegiate hockey with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. In 207 career AHL games, all with Providence, he had 22-60=82 totals with 108 PIM.

Lehtonen has spent this season with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League. In 52 games, the 23-year-old has 29-27=56 totals and 32 PIM. Minnesota will now own his NHL restricted free agent rights.

Last season, Lehtonen led the Providence Bruins with 50 points (23-27-50) in 78 games and was named an AHL All-Star. He posted 53 poiunts (28-25-53) in 72 contests for the P-Bruins in 2008-09.

The 6’3”, 196-lb native of Espoo, Finland was originally drafted by the Bruins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and he has appeared in two career NHL games with Boston.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward John Mitchell from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Mitchell will report to the Connecticut Whale (AHL).

Mitchell, 26, has registered 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 159 career regular season contests in three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As an NHL rookie in 2008-09, Mitchell established career highs in games played (76), goals (12), assists (17), points (29), penalty minutes (33), power play goals (two), and shots on goal (98). He made his NHL debut on October 9, 2008 at Detroit, and registered his first career point with an assist on October 13 vs. St. Louis.

The Oakville, Ontario, native has registered two goals and one assist in 23 games with Toronto this season. Mitchell has also recorded one goal and four assists in 10 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies this season.

The 6-1, 204-pounder has skated in 215 career AHL contests in five seasons with the St. Johns Maple Leafs/Toronto Marlies, registering 42 goals and 67 assists for 109 points, along with 126 penalty minutes. Mitchell established AHL career-highs in games played (79), goals (20), assists (31), points (51), penalty minutes (56), and shots on goal (167) during the 2007-08 season. He led the Marlies in goals, ranked second in points, and third in assists and shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired centers Greg Moore and Michael Chaput from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for left wing Tom Sestito, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced February 28.

Moore will be assigned to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, while Chaput is currently playing with Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Moore, 26, has appeared in 10 career NHL games, including four with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He has registered 84-109-193 and 158 penalty minutes in 359 career AHL games, including 7-13-20 and 18 penalty minutes with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. He was originally acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Islanders in exchange for Dylan Reese on Mar. 1, 2010.

Calgary’s fifth pick, 143rd overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, Moore appeared in six games with the New York Rangers in 2007-08, making his NHL debut on Nov. 21, 2007 at Tampa Bay. Prior to his professional career, the Lisbon, Maine native spent four seasons at the University of Maine, where he collected 66-41-107 and 117 penalty minutes in 154 games from 2002-06.

Chaput (pronounced sha-PUT) was Philadelphia’s first pick, 89th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has registered 53-67-120 with 178 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +6 in 152 career QMJHL games. This season, the 18-year-old has tallied 22-33-55 with 84 penalty minutes and is +19 in 55 games with Lewiston.

Sestito was Columbus’ third pick, 85th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He appeared in 13 career NHL games, tallying 2-2-4 and 64 penalty minutes. He also registered 36-56-92 and 700 penalty minutes in 200 career AHL games with Springfield and Syracuse.