NHL trades and moves: March 4


Anaheim DucksChicago BlackhawksAtlanta Thrashers

The Ducks acquired defenseman James Wisniewski and center Erik Christensen in separate deals with Chicago and Atlanta on Wednesday to bolster their chances of a late playoff push.

Anaheim, still scrambling for a postseason berth in the Western Conference, traded center Samuel Pahlsson, defenseman Logan Stephenson and a conditional fourth-round selection in this year's draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for Wisniewski and center Petri Kontiola. Wisniewski had two goals, 11 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 31 games for Chicago after missing the first 28 due to a knee injury.

Anaheim picked up Christensen from the Thrashers for center Eric O'Dell. Christensen had five goals and 14 assists with Atlanta.

Earlier in the day, the Ducks also traded left wing Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins to Pacific Division-leading rival San Jose for center Nick Bonino, goalie Timo Pielmeier and a conditional fourth round pick in this year's draft.

Moen had four goals and seven assists in 63 games with the Ducks this season. He's expected to bolster the Sharks' front line, which has been depleted by injuries to Mike Grier and Jeremy Roenick. Both could be out until the playoffs.

Huskins had two goals, four assists and 27 penalty minutes in 33 games for the Ducks before missing the last 26 games with a broken foot.

Bonino is in his sophomore season at Boston University, winning the MVP trophy at last month's Beanpot Tournament. He has 13 goals and 24 assists in 33 games this season. He was chosen by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2007 draft.

Pielmeier, a 19-year-old goalie, is 29-9 with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 41 games this season with Shawinigan-Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was a third-round pick by San Jose in the 2007 draft.

-- The Associated Press


Boston Bruins

Anaheim Ducks The Bruins acquired veteran defenseman Steve Montador from the Ducks for 23-year-old forward Petteri Nokelainen.

The Bruins, first in the Eastern Conference, were in on discussions with Phoenix for defenseman Derek Morris but that didn't work out, so they went in another direction by picking up Montador, 29, now with his third NHL team.

The Ducks were looking to shed salary and get younger, and picked up Nokelainen, who didn't fit in any longer with a Bruins team that is deep up front. The native of Imatra, Finland, has been out for almost a month with an eye injury after being clipped by Dan Boyle's stick in a game against San Jose.

-- Scott Burnside


Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins added some toughness, claiming right wing Craig Adams off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Adams is expected to be in uniform when the Penguins play the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Adams has two goals, four assists and 22 penalty minutes in 36 games with Chicago this season. He has 37 goals in 498 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes.

The 31-year-old Adams is in the final season of a $6 million, three-year contract and can become a free agent after the season ends.

The Penguins also swapped minor league defensemen with St. Louis, sending Danny Richmond to the Blues for Andy Wozniewski, who was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Wozniewski has played 56 games for Peoria (AHL) this season and has appeared in 77 NHL games with the Blues and Maple Leafs during his career.

-- The Associated Press


Toronto Maple LeafsTampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning got defenseman Richard Petiot from the Maple Leafs, and sent goaltender Olaf Kolzig, defenseman Jamie Heward, defenseman Andy Rogers and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick in what could be considered a salary dump for both teams.

Petiot, 26, is a minor league defenseman, and has played with the AHL Toronto Marlies this season (three goals, 14 points and 59 penalty minutes).

Kolzig, 38, is sidelined for the season because of an arm injury, and has been reportedly contemplating retirement. He played only eight games this season with the Lightning, posting a 2-4-1 record with an .898 save percentage.

Heward is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, suffered Jan. 1 after he took a hard check from Alexander Ovechkin in a game against the Capitals.


Florida PanthersTampa Bay Lightning

The Panthers, in the midst of a playoff push, held on to Jay Bouwmeester but sent fellow defenseman Noah Welch and a 2009 third-round draft pick to Tampa Bay for defenseman Steve Eminger.
Welch, 26, played in 23 games for the Panthers this season, including the last three. Eminger, 25, has four goals and 21 assists in 62 games this season. He spent five NHL seasons with Washington and has recorded 10 goals and 58 assists in 274 NHL games.

The Panthers are 17-7-3 since Jan. 1. They have won three of their past five games, all on the road, and were in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points Wednesday. Florida faces Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Eminger, who previously played two seasons of junior hockey under Panthers coach Pete DeBoer in Kitchener, was traded from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay in November.


Buffalo SabresPhoenix Coyotes

The Sabres acquired goaltender Mikael Tellqvist in a trade with the Coyotes in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2010.

Tellqvist, 7-5-0 in 15 appearances this season, bolsters Buffalo's depth behind Patrick Lalime, who has taken over the starting job in place of injured Ryan Miller.

-- The Associated Press


Dallas Stars

The Stars claimed Brendan Morrison off waivers from Anaheim, a center who is four points shy of 500 in his career.

The 33-year-old Morrison had 10 goals and 12 assists in 62 games
for the Ducks this season, and is expected to help out a Stars forward contingent that has been ravaged by injuries.

Morrison, who won the Hobey Baker Trophy as the college player of the year
in 1997 at Michigan, signed a one-year deal with Anaheim in July after spending the previous eight seasons with Vancouver.

-- The Associated Press