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Panthers pull trigger, pick up veteran Muller

The Florida Panthers acquired center Kirk Muller from Toronto for rookie right wing Jason Podollan, who had a goal and an assist in 19 games with the Panthers.

Muller has 20 goals and 17 assists this year and has 325 career goals.

"Muller could bring to our team something special. He's a Brian Skrudland-type. Better offensive numbers than Brian, but that kind of personality," Panthers general manager Bryan Murray said.

ISLANDERS: Forwards Derek King and Marty McInnis were traded in separate deals with Hartford and Calgary. New York obtained a fifth-round 1997 draft pick from Hartford for King. They got center Robert Reichel from Calgary for McInnis, goaltending prospect Tyrone Garner and a sixth-round pick.

WHALERS: Besides the King trade, Hartford made three moves. Forward Kelly Chase went to Toronto for an 1997 eighth-round pick and center Mark Janssens went to Anaheim for the rights to college star Bates Battaglia. Also, the Whalers sent Gerald Diduck sent to Phoenix as part of a three-way deal, and picked up Chris Murray, who earlier had gone from Montreal to Phoenix.

CANADIENS: Chris Murray was dealt to Phoenix along with defenseman Murray Baron for defenseman Dave Manson. In a separate deal, Montreal sent former Lightning goaltender Pat Jablonski to the Coyotes for minor-league defenseman Steve Cheredaryk, who was assigned to its Fredericton AHL affiliate.

PENGUINS: Pittsburgh acquired wing Ed Olczyk, a one-time 42-goal scorer, from Los Angeles for right wing Glen Murray. The Penguins also got right wing Roman Oksiuta from Anaheim for center Richard Park and picked up left wing Josef Beranek from Vancouver for an unspecified future draft choice.

SABRES: Buffalo picked up left wing Miroslav Satan for left wing Barrie Moore and AHL prospect Craig Millar. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Satan, in his second NHL season, has scored 17 goals for the Oilers this season. He scored 18 goals and made 17 assists for Edmonton in 1995-96.

RED WINGS: Defenseman Mike Ramsey, who came out of retirement and played just two games, retired again. Detroit then purchased the contract of defenseman Larry Murphy from Toronto.

FLYERS: Philadelphia acquired defenseman Frantisek Kucera from Vancouver for a conditional draft pick.

SENATORS: Right wing Mike Prokopec was acquired from Chicago for forward Denis Chasse, defenseman Kevin Bolibruck and a 1998 sixth-round draft pick.

BLUES: Veteran goaltender Jon Casey was recalled from Worcester of the AHL, and Jamie McLennan was sent down to Worcester.

COYOTES: Forward Jocelyn Lemieux, who had four goals and 10 assists in 28 games for IHL Long Beach, signed for the rest of the season.

KINGS: Center Ian Laperriere will have season-ending reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder.

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