The Calgary Flames are gambling that Curtis Lazar isn’t a first-round bust.
The Flames acquired the 22-year-old forward from Ottawa today, along with AHL defenseman Mike Kostka. In return, the Ottawa Senators received a second-round draft pick and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka.
Lazar has just one assist in 33 games for the Sens this season, which started with a bout with mononucleosis.
“I never really got the chance to catch my stride,” Lazar told TSN. “I’ve kind of been playing catch-up all season.”
Looking even further back, the fact Lazar made the Sens as a 19-year-old may have hurt his long-term development.
“I held my own in my first season, but I wasn’t really able to take off,” he said. “It’s kind of been stop and go my two and a half years in Ottawa. I’m looking forward to that chance where I can clear my conscience and play with some confidence against instead of just being in full-on survival mode.”
Lazar, by the way, is no longer exempt from waivers.
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.
Pittsburgh receives d-man Frank Corrado, and the cap/roster space to orchestrate a deal that will bring Mark Streit into the fold (more on that in a subsequent post).
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.