Trades and Rumors – Feb 24, 2011

PENS ACQUIRE KOVALEV FROM SENS FOR CONDITIONAL 7TH-ROUND PICK

Marek Svatos will be joining his third NHL team, the Ottawa Senators
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Washing Capitals Eying a Two-Way Center

Montreal acquires Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes from Thrashers

PENS ACQUIRE KOVALEV FROM SENS FOR CONDITIONAL 7TH-ROUND PICK

The exodus in the nation’s capital continues as the Ottawa Senators shipped veteran forward Alex Kovalev to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday for a conditional seventh-round pick.

If Pittsburgh wins the first round of the playoffs and Kovalev plays in at least fifty percent of the games, the pick becomes a sixth-round selection.

It has been a disappointing tenure for Kovalev in Ottawa after signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the team as a free agent in 2009; however the enigmatic Russian sniper has turned up his game as of late. He has 14 goals and 13 assists in 54 games this season. He waived his the ‘no-trade’ clause in his contract in order to get the deal with the Penguins done.

An Olympic gold medalist with Russia in 1992, Kovalev has scored over 400 goals and recorded over 1000 points in his 18-year NHL career.

Despite signs of slowing down, Kovalev should be able to help the injury plagued Penguins down the stretch and in the playoffs. The veteran has a bevy of playoff experience and was a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. This will be his second stint in Pittsburgh after spending five seasons there earlier in his career.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=355204

Marek Svatos will be joining his third NHL team, the Ottawa Senators.

Svatos came back to the NHL after signing a one year deal with the St. Louis Blues in December. Having to clear waivers, he was promptly picked up by the Nashville Predators.

Yesterday, Svatos was put on waivers by the Predators and was quickly picked up by the Ottawa Senators.

Svatos has only recorded three points in nine games this year for the Preds and will join the Sens for their rebuild, but for the remainder of the season.

Svatos becomes a UFA July 1st.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/618841-nhl-trade-deadline-brad-richards-chris-phillips-others-who-could-be-moved/entry/49608-nhl-trade-rumors-marek-svatos-claimed-by-ottawa


Washing Capitals Eying a Two-Way Center

The Washington Post is reporting that Capitals GM George McPhee is in the market for a two-way center.

He will be looking for a capable two-way center but should also maybe look into grabbing a defenceman as the Caps “d” has been one of their weaker positions on the ice.

But as it stands now, McPhee will be going after a two-way center as players such as Marty Reasoner, Jason Arnott and Cory Stillman come to mind.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/618841-nhl-trade-deadline-brad-richards-chris-phillips-others-who-could-be-moved/entry/49575-nhl-trade-rumors-washing-capitals-eying-a-two-way-center

Montreal acquires Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes from Thrashers

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward prospect Ben Maxwell and a fourth round draft pick.

The acquisition of the 34-year old Sopel should help the Canadiens with their injury concerns on the blueline. Although the Calgary native has been a healthy scratch recently and has only two goals and five assists on the season, he did help the Chicago Blackhawks capture the Stanley Cup last season. In 647 career games split between the Canucks, Islanders, Kings, Blackhawks and Thrashers, Sopel has 44 goals and 174 assists and is plus 33 for his career.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=355210