Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, center, of the Czech Republic, makes a save against Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman (9) of Finland, as Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom (39) of Sweden, defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Philips Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in Atlanta. The Thrashers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
Toronto wanted to “reward” its young players by bringing in a veteran presence like Brian Boyle ahead of today’s deadline.
And now they’re getting rewarded again.
Eric Fehr, waived by the Penguins earlier this week, has been acquired by the Leafs along with d-man Steve Oleksy, per TSN. Pittsburgh receives d-man Frank Corrado, and a fourth-round pick at this year’s draft.
Fehr, 31, is in the second of a three-year, $6 million deal with a $2M cap hit. He’s appeared in 52 games this season, scoring six goals and 11 points while averaging just under 11 minutes a night.
He was also a regular in last year’s Stanley Cup run, scoring three times in 23 games.
Though his role decreased, Fehr was still frequently used by head coach Mike Sullivan — albeit in a more limited capacity. He is a good PK contributor, and can play both center and wing.
Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..
To Nashville: F P.A. Parenteau
To New Jersey: 6th-round draft pick (link)
To New York Rangers: F Taylor Beck
To Edmonton Oilers: F Justin Fontaine (link)
To Tampa Bay: G Mike McKenna
To Florida: G Adam Wilcox (link)
To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)
To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)
To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)
To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)
To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)
New Jersey and Nashville got together on a trade for the second time this month, with the Preds acquiring veteran winger P.A. Parenteau in exchange for a sixth-round pick, per TSN.
Earlier, the Devils sent veteran center Vernon Fiddler to the Preds for a fourth-rounder.
Parenteau, 33, joined the Devils after getting scooped off waivers from the Isles at the start of the campaign. He’s produced well, with 14 goals and 33 points in 55 games, but there have been ups and downs in New Jersey, including a healthy scratch in mid-December.
Parenteau carries a modest $1.3 million cap hit, so it’s a minimal financial commitment for the Preds. He’s also got a bit of playoff experience — 15 games, split between Montreal and Colorado — which will help a Nashville club currently sitting third in the Central Division.
With the Tampa Bay Lightning mired in a disappointing season, general manager Steve Yzerman has spent the past couple of days selling off his upcoming free agents, including Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and Brian Boyle to Toronto.
On Wednesday, he managed to clear a significant amount of salary cap space for next season.
Both players had no-trade clauses in their contracts and had to OK the deal. It came after it was reported that Filppula had rejected a trade to Toronto. Streit is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Flyers are also picking up 10 percent of Streit’s remaining contract for this season.
The key to this deal for Tampa Bay should seem pretty obvious: Clearing salary cap space in the future.
He is having a nice enough season for the Lightning offensively with 34 points in 59 games, but he still carries a $5 million salary cap hit for next season. That presented a significant problem for a Lightning team that has a ton of key players in need of new contracts — including restricted free agents Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin — and not a lot of cap space to take care of them all. The Lightning needed to find a way to shed some salary to ensure they can keep them.
With Streit’s contract expiring after this season, the Lightning just opened up $5 million in cap space for next season and all Yzerman had to do was give up a couple of late round draft picks to do it.
The Flyers, meanwhile, have spent their deadline day adding a lot of salary to next year’s cap. Along with picking up Filppula’s deal, they also re-signed forward Piere-Edouard Bellemare and goalie Michal Neuvirth to two-year contract extensions.