March 9, 2006

Lots of action but no big deals as trade deadline passes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Carolina Hurricanes acquired
veteran forward Mark Recchi from the Pittsburgh Penguins on
Thursday, underlining their Stanley Cup ambitions this season.

While there was a flurry of deals at the NHL trade
deadline, involving almost every team, none them featured the
big names that were rumored to be on offer.

Recchi goes from the NHL's worst team to the league's best
where he will fill a hole left by the injury to Erik Cole, who
is out for the remainder of the season with a broken neck after
being driven into the board from behind by Penguins defenseman
Brooks Orpik.

In exchange for Recchi, who has 24 goals and 33 assists
this season, the Penguins receive defenseman Niklas Nordgren,
forward Krys Kolanos and a second round pick in the 2007 draft.

A proven scorer, Recchi has 480 goals and 778 assists in
1,236 NHL games over 17 seasons with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
and Montreal.

The Edmonton Oilers also added a little scoring punch to
their line-up, obtaining speedy forward and former NHL rookie
of the year Sergei Samsonov from the Boston Bruins for forward
Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a second-round draft pick.

Samsonov, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July,
has 18 goals and 19 assists in 55 games this season.


The Vancouver Canucks made a pair of moves to help bolster
their injury-hit defense, acquiring Keith Carney from the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Eric Weinrich from the St. Louis Blues
and Sean Brown from the New Jersey Devils.

The Mighty Ducks receive defenseman Brett Skinner and a
2006 second-round pick for Carney while the Blues picked up
defenseman Tomas Mojzis and a 2006 third-round pick from
Vancouver in exchange for Weinrich.

The Ottawa Senators, who are ranked among the top Stanley
Cup contenders, added some scoring depth to their bench
obtaining forward Tyler Arnason from the Chicago Blackhawks for
prospect Brandon Bochenski and a second-round draft pick.

Arnason has 13 goals and 28 assists in 60 games this

The Blackhawks were one of the more active teams on the
trade mark, also dealing center Jim Dowd to the Colorado
Avalanche for a fourth round draft pick while shipping
defenseman Todd Simpson to Montreal for a sixth round

The Washington Capitals waited until the last moment to
make their deal, sending rugged, stay-at-home defenseman
Brendan Witt to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first
round draft pick and prospect Kris Beech.