Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist: I’m done talking about contract extension

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Over the last few months, Henrik Lunqvist has intimated he didn’t want to discuss his contract status once the regular season began.

Today, made it official.

“This will be the last time you hear me talk about it,” Lundqvist told the Bergen Record. “Unfortunately we don’t have a deal right now. For me now it’s time to just focus on the game. I want to have all my thoughts on playing as well as I can and winning. That’s all my focus is. That’s all I care about.”

Lundqvist, 31, is in the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million deal that pays $6.875 annually. A Vezina finalist two years running — winning the trophy in 2011-12 — it’s expected he’ll become the NHL’s highest-paid goalie when he signs his new deal, surpassing the top current cap hit of $7 million that belongs to both Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask.

But for now, Lundqvist won’t wade into negotiations.

He did say the Rangers are free to speak to his representation — Newport Sports’ Don Meehan — but re-iterated that he won’t speak to the club or Meehan about a new deal.

“If they continue to talk, the Rangers and my agent, so be it,” Lundqvist explained. “But for me personally I’m not going to get involved. I’m not going to talk to my agent.

“Right now, all I care about is to play well.”

Boston gets a winger, acquires Stafford from Winnipeg

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The Bruins, rumored to be seeking some depth up front ahead of the trade deadline, added exactly that by getting veteran Jets winger Drew Stafford just prior to the 3 p.m. ET cutoff.

In exchange, Winnipeg receives a conditional sixth-round pick (per ESPN).

Stafford, 31, has had an injury-plagued campaign, limited to just 40 games due to upper- and lower-body injuries, yet still managed to rack up 13 points while averaging just over 13 minutes per night.

He also has history as a productive goalscoring winger.

The former Sabre found the back of the net 21 times last season (and scored a career-high 31 with Buffalo back in ’10-11). He’s got enough ability to play up and down the lineup and, what’s more, he’s about as pure a rental as they come — Stafford’s a pending UFA, in the last of a two-year deal that pays $4.35 million annually.

 

Lazar welcomes trade to Flames

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 11: Curtis Lazar #27 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on February 11, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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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.

Related: Welcome Curtis Lazar to the trade rumor mill 

Leafs add another veteran forward, get Fehr from Pittsburgh

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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 and a fourth-round pick at this year’s draft, per TSN.

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.

PHT’s 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker

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Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

Mar. 1

To Pittsburgh: D Mark Streit
To Tampa Bay: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Drew Stafford
To Winnipeg: conditional 6th-round pick (link)

To Dallas: D Dillon Heatherington
To Columbus: F Lauri Korpikoski

To Pittsburgh: D Frank Corrado
To Toronto: F Eric Fehr, D Steve Oleksy, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

To Calgary: F Curtis Lazar, D Mike Kostka
To Ottawa: D Jyrki Jokipakka, 2nd-round pick (link)

To Nashville: F P.A. Parenteau
To New Jersey: 6th-round draft pick (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Mark Streit
To Philadelphia: F Valtteri Filppula, ’17 4th-round pick, ’17 conditional 7th-round pick (link)

To Montreal: F Andreas Martinsen
To Colorado: F Sven Andrighetto (link)

To Columbus: D Kyle Quincey
To New Jersey: D Dalton Prout (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 Los Angeles: F Jarome Iginla
To Colorado: ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To Montreal: F Dwight King
To Los Angeles: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To Florida: F Thomas Vanek
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, D Dylan McIlrath (link)

To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)

To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)

Feb. 28

To Montreal: F Steve Ott
To Detroit: ’18 6th-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Jannik Hansen
To Vancouver: F Nikolay Goldobin, ’17 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To Edmonton: F David Desharnais
To Montreal: D Brandon Davidson (link)

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Dallas: F Mark McNeill, ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)

To Ottawa: F Viktor Stalberg
To Carolina: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: D Brendan Smith
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 27

To Washington: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
To St. Louis: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, ’17 1st-round pick, ’19 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Ottawa: F Alex Burrows
To Vancouver: F Jonathan Dahlen (link)

To Montreal: D Jordie Benn
To Dallas: D Greg Pateryn, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

To Toronto: F Brian Boyle
To Tampa Bay: F Byron Froese, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

To Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
To Minnesota: Future considerations (link)

Feb. 26

To Minnesota: F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, ’17 4th-round pick
To Arizona: ’17 1st-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick, ’19 conditional 4th-round pick, F Grayson Downing (link)

To Los Angeles: G Ben Bishop, ’17 5th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, ’17 7th-round pick, ’17 conditional pick (link)

Feb. 24

To Anaheim: F Patrick Eaves
To Dallas: ’17 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Chicago: F Tomas Jurco
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Pittsburgh: D Ron Hainsey
To Carolina: F Danny Kristo, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 20

To Calgary: D Michael Stone
To Arizona: ’18 3rd-round pick, ’18 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 18

To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)

Feb. 15

To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 4

To Nashville: F Vernon Fiddler
To New Jersey: ’17 4th-round pick (link)