Kings Land a Big Six Forward in Penner

Arguably the biggest trade made at the NHL deadline involved the Los Angeles Kings, who made a loud and clear statement to their fan base by obtaining former 30 goal scorer, Dustin Penner, from the Edmonton Oilers. Penner, who is only 28, had scored 21 goals and 39 points for the last place Oilers at the time of the trade. Penner has one year remaining on a lucrative five-year contract worth 21.5 million dollars. In return, the rebuilding Oilers obtained the Kings 2011 first round pick, along with a conditional second round pick in 2012 and prized defenceman, Colten Teubert. Edmonton also traded defenceman , Shawn Belle, to the Colorado Avalanche for another defenceman, Kevin Montgomery. The Vancouver Canucks, who are getting ready for what they hope will be a long play-off run, fine tuned their team by obtaining Chris Higgins from the re-building Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman, Evan Oberg,and a 2013 third-round draft pick. Vancouver also added some sandpaper by obtaining forwards, Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp, in exchange for forward, Joel Perrault and a 2012 third round pick. The Ottawa Senators continued to build for the future when they traded defenceman, Chris Campoli, and a draft choice to the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for forward, Ryan Potulny, and a draft choice. In Calgary, the Flames added some secondary scoring when they traded for veteran forward, Fredrik Modin, in exchange for a seventh round draft pick. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are desperately trying to get back into the play-off race, made a minor deal as they sent forward John Mitchell to the New York Rangers in exchange for a seventh round pick. The Leafs’ number one rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, were also involved on Monday, as they sent defenceman, Brett Festerling, to the Thrashers. in exchange for goalie, Drew MacIntyre. The Panthers, who are all but out of the play-off race. were heavily involved, as they traded forward, Radek Dvorak, and a fifth round pick for Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller. Also traded from the sunshine state was defenceman, Bryan Allen, to the Carolina Hurricanes, for veteran forward, Sergei Samsonov. Florida also traded another blue liner, Dennis Wideman, to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for forward, Jake Hauswirth, and a 2011 third round pick. Other big deals include the New Jersey Devils trading veteran forward, Jason Arnott, to the Capitals, for forward, Dave Steckel, and a 2011 second round pick. These were just some of the big trades, which were made on a busy February 28 trade deadline day.

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