NHL TRADE DEADLINE NEWS: Stars move Jagr & Roy; Coyotes, Caps, Lightning, Canes all make deals; Letestu & Higgins sign new deals.

The news keeps coming thick and fast as we inch ever closer to the trade deadline (news courtesy of TSN.ca):

  • Dallas Stars traded perennial superstar and the team’s leading scorer so far this year (26 points, 34 games) Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins for forward prospects Lane MacDermid & Cody Payne, and a conditional pick in 2013.
    -MacDermid – 6’3″, 205lbs left winger, 23 years old. 4th rounder in 2009. Never more than 19 points in 4 different AHL seasons.  8 NHL games, no points.  Penalty minute machine. Little value.
    -Payne – 6’2″, 200lbs center, 19 years old. 5th rounder in 2012. Broke out this year with 24 goals in 3rd OHL season.  Has potential as a big checking center with some offensive value.
    -Conditional Pick in 2013 – at least a 2nd rounder; if Bruins reach Eastern Conference Finals, the pick becomes a 1st rounder.  Key piece of the trade.
  • Dallas also trade Derek Roy (22 points, 30 games) to Vancouver for defensive prospect Kevin Connauton and a 2013 2nd Round Pick.
    -Connauton – 6’1″, 200lbs defender, 23 years old, 3rd rounder in 2009.  Long been one of the Canucks top d-prospects.  In his third AHL season currently, with 25 points in 60 games.  No NHL games yet thanks to a deep Canucks squad.  High potential and good pick up by Dallas.
  • Carolina Hurricanes trade for speedy offensive defenceman (5 points, 12 games) Marc-Andre Bergeron from Tampa Bay for centre Adam Hall and a 7th Round Pick in 2013.
  • Phoenix Coyotes trade right winger Joel Rechlicz to Washington for  Matt Clackson.  Essentially a minor league swap of marginal players.
  • Edmonton Oilers trade AHL veteran forward Dane Byers to Washington Capitals for 33 year old AHL veteran defenceman Garrett Stafford.  Depth move for AHL teams’ benefit.

In other news, Columbus has signed centre Mark Letestu to a 2 year extension.  He has 20 points in 34 games this season, second on the team.  Depending on the money, this is a good deal for Columbus who need all the scoring they can get.  Vancouver has also been busy, signing veteran left winger Chris Higgins to a 4 year deal at $2.5m per season.  He has 9 goals and 14 points in 35 games this season, which is well off his usual pace, but he is still capable of providing quality secondary scoring and penalty kill work.  A pretty good deal for a quality support player.

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