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Blackhawks: The team traded veteran left wing John Tonelli to the Nordiques for future considerations. Tonelli, 34, was signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks in June, and played in his 1,000th career game on Dec. 14.

Kings: The Kings acquired veteran goaltender Steve Weeks, 33, from the Islanders in exchange for a draft choice. The Islanders received a seventh-round draft choice in the 1992 entry draft in the deal. Weeks, 33, appeared in 23 games this season. He had a 9-4-2 record and 3.60 goals-against average.

Penguins: All-Star defenseman Paul Coffey said it's been difficult to play amid speculation he will be traded to the Kings as part of a three-team deal that also involves the Flyers. "I've heard it the same as you fellas have," Coffey told reporters. "I'm not like some of those baseball players who have no-trade clauses. I'm just taking it a day at a time, a shift at a time." The NHL trading deadline is March 10.

Oilers: One of two screws placed in winger Esa Tikkanen's shoulder to help repair a broken bone has come loose and could require surgery, said team trainer Ken Lowe.

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