Friday, April 20, 2018
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Little movement on bigger names

Loui Eriksson is still with Boston. Dan Hamhuis is still a Canuck. After the NHL's trade deadline came and went Monday, few big names had moved.

The league said there were 19 trades involving 37 players completed on Monday. That's lower than last year's numbers of 24 trades and 43 players, but it marked the 15th straight deadline day in which at least 30 players were dealt.

There were a few splashes made, mostly in the Western Conference by teams including Anaheim and Colorado.

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic delivered on his intent to provide Colorado's playoff run one more push. And Dallas added defensive depth by landing nine-year veteran Kris Russell from Calgary for defensemen Jyrki Jokipakka and Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round draft pick.

But the day was largely notable for names who didn't move.

The Bruins kept Eriksson, whose contract expires this summer. Hamhuis and Maple Leafs forward PA Parenteau, who also stayed put, can also be unrestricted free agents July 1.

"If you look around the league, I don't think any team current in a playoff position traded a player of Loui's magnitude," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. "I think one first-rounder was exchanged. The deal had to be right."

Boston got forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey and defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina, sending away draft picks in both deals.

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford said the asking prices were too high for some players he had identified, and Arizona GM Don Maloney said the uncertainty over how much the salary cap will grow this summer was a factor in preventing some teams from making trades.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan expressed disappointment that he could not make an additional move: "It seemed to be a little bit quieter today than I expected it to be, so there's a little frustration. But still, I'm comfortable with where we're at as a team."

In the West, Sakic added a top-line forward in Arizona's Mikkel Boedker and filled out defensive depth with New Jersey's Eric Gelinas. Colorado sent veteran forward Alex Tanguay and two 2014 draft picks, forward Connor Bleackley and defenseman Kyle Wood, to the Coyotes. For Gelinas, Colorado sent the Devils a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.

Anaheim acquired two-way forward Jamie McGinn from Buffalo, forward Brandon Pirri from Florida and defenseman Martin Gernat and a fourth-round pick from Edmonton for Patrick Maroon.

In other deals:

• The Wild traded goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick to the Flames for right wing David Jones.

• The Coyotes got wing Sergei Plotnikov from Pittsburgh for Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in '17.

• The Devils sent forward Stefan Matteau to the Canadiens for wing Devante Smith-Pelly.

• The Islanders got wing Shane Prince and a seventh-round pick this year from Ottawa for a 2016 third-round pick.

Game highlights: Derek Stepan scored shorthanded with 2:48 left and the host Rangers beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night in Eric Staal's much-anticipated debut with New York. He was acquired from Carolina on Sunday. … Patric Hornqvist had his first career hat trick, beating goalie Louis Domingue three times, as the host Penguins beat the Coyotes 6-0. … Brayden Schenn had his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the first two periods, to lead the host Flyers past the Flames 5-3.

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First1, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 13 (Crosby), 5:42. 2, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 14 (Kunitz, Crosby), 17:46. PenaltiesHanzal, Ari (hooking), 7:30; Pouliot, Pit (cross-checking), 11:27; Kuhnhackl, Pit (tripping), 12:49; Hagelin, Pit (tripping), 18:49.

Second3, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 12 (Letang, Crosby), 9:47. 4, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 15 (Malkin, Kessel), 11:06 (pp). PenaltiesPlotnikov, Ari (tripping), 2:38; Michalek, Ari (delay of game), 9:55; Murphy, Ari (interference), 11:54; Dahlbeck, Ari (hooking), 16:07.

Third5, Pittsburgh, Letang 11 (Maatta, Hornqvist), 18:15. 6, Pittsburgh, Cullen 9 (Rust, Cole), 18:31. PenaltiesNone. ShotsArizona 12-8-10—30. Pittsburgh 10-12-11—33. PPsArizona 0 of 3; Pittsburgh 1 of 5. GoaliesArizona, Domingue 12-14-4 (33 shots-27 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 26-14-6 (30-30).

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First1, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 21 (Boyle), 17:41. PenaltiesNone.

SecondNone. PenaltiesBoll, Clm, major (fighting), 10:35; McIlrath, NYR, major (fighting), 10:35.

Third2, Columbus, Atkinson 20, 3:46. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 14 (McDonagh), 17:12 (sh). PenaltiesDubinsky, Clm (delay of game), 5:56; M.Staal, NYR (tripping), 15:19. ShotsColumbus 13-8-6—27. N.Y. Rangers 8-5-10—23. PPsColumbus 0 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 1. GoaliesColumbus, Korpisalo 12-8-4 (23 shots-21 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Raanta 6-4-2 (27-26).

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First1, Calgary, Monahan 20 (Gaudreau, Brodie), 6:07 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Schenn 19 (Giroux, Gudas), 12:25. PenaltiesRaffl, Phi (hooking), 4:41.

Second3, Philadelphia, Simmonds 22 (Giroux, Gostisbehere), 4:47 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Schenn 20 (MacDonald, Giroux), 15:27. 5, Philadelphia, Schenn 21 (Streit, Giroux), 18:31 (pp). PenaltiesBellemare, Phi (interference), 1:37; D.Hamilton, Cal (holding), 2:57; Medvedev, Phi (hooking), 5:25; Bouma, Cal (roughing), 12:04; Couturier, Phi (cross-checking), 12:04; Engelland, Cal (boarding), 16:55.

Third6, Calgary, Ferland 4 (Giordano, Brodie), 10:17. 7, Calgary, Frolik 11 (Colborne, D.Hamilton), 11:07. 8, Philadelphia, Simmonds 23 (Raffl, Schultz), 19:23 (en). PenaltiesBennett, Cal (roughing), 2:00; Simmonds, Phi (cross-checking), 2:41. ShotsCalgary 6-13-13—32. Philadelphia 9-13-7—29. PPsCalgary 1 of 4; Philadelphia 2 of 3. GoaliesCalgary, Hiller 9-9-1 (28 shots-24 saves). Philadelphia, Neuvirth 16-7-4 (32-29).

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