The day after prying Alex Burrows out of Vancouver, the Ottawa Senators have added another veteran winger in a trade.
Viktor Stalberg is on his way to the Sens from Carolina. A pending unrestricted free agent, the speedy 31-year-old has nine goals and three assists in 57 games this season.
In return, the Hurricanes will receive a third-round draft pick in 2017.
Like Burrows, Stalberg brings plenty of postseason experience, having appeared in 43 playoff games for the Blackhawks, Predators, and Rangers.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Buffalo Sabres player Andrew Peters won’t face charges following an on-ice brawl involving the youth hockey team he coaches.
The Erie County district attorney’s office and Buffalo police began looking into the Saturday fight after video appeared to show Peters reaching across the Buffalo Junior Sabres’ bench and shoving to the ice a player from the Hamilton, Ontario, team.
District Attorney John Flynn said Tuesday the parents of the teenage player don’t want to pursue criminal charges against Peters, so his office won’t take legal action.
Read more: Peters admits he did ‘not do a good job this weekend’
The 36-year-old Peters was suspended from coaching Buffalo’s 15-and-under team. Neither the Buffalo Junior Sabres nor Peters has responded to requests for comment.
With Kevin Klein still dealing with back spasms and Dan Girardi expected to miss a couple of weeks with an ankle injury, the New York Rangers are reportedly in the process of acquiring defenseman Brendan Smith in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the return to the Wings will be a second-round draft pick in 2018 and a third-round pick in 2017.
Update: The deal is official.
Smith, 28, is a pending unrestricted free agent. A left shot who can play the right side, he has two goals and three assists in 33 games this season while averaging 18:44 of ice time.
He had hoped to re-sign with the Wings.
“Do I want to go to free agency? I would rather have a contract, to be honest,” Smith said Monday, per NHL.com. “I would like to know where I am because I think becoming a free agent is the unknown and that can kind of be scary at the same time.
“All I know is that I would like to have a good contract with the Wings and be around. We’re kind of starting to go through that process. If that works out, or whether [GM Ken Holland] is maybe looking to move myself or somebody else, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Rangers recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from the AHL this morning. Kampfer will play tonight against Washington, slotting in behind Nick Holden and Adam Clendening on the right side.
If the St. Louis Blues were enjoying another season like they enjoyed last year, they wouldn’t have traded Kevin Shattenkirk.
But in the words of GM Doug Armstrong, the Blues are currently “in a precarious playoff spot,” so yesterday Shattenkirk was dealt to Washington for a haul that included a first-round draft pick in 2017 and 22-year-old forward Zach Sanford.
“It just felt that where we are and where we need to go, it was time to make a move,” Armstrong said.
“I think when we got through last year’s playoffs, knowing that we were going to be entering unrestricted free agency with a number of players over a two- or three-year span, we wanted to turn the tide over to a different core group of players, and this just continues down that path.”
Armstrong listed Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Colton Parayko, and Robby Fabbri as parts of the new core.
“There’s change in this game,” said Armstrong. “All organizations go through it.”
The Blues enter tonight’s game against the Oilers just two points clear of the Kings for the second wild-card spot in the West.
The Ottawa Senators made Alex Burrows‘ contract extension official this morning.
The day after acquiring the 35-year-old forward from Vancouver, the Sens announced that Burrows had signed a two-year, $5 million extension with a 10-team no-trade clause.
Ottawa gave up 19-year-old prospect Jonathan Dahlen to get Burrows from the Canucks.
“I think we’ve become a tougher team to play against and with the acquisition of Alex Burrows we’ve become an even tougher team to play against,” said GM Pierre Dorion, per the Ottawa Sun. “We all know how games are at this time of the year and, hopefully, when our team gets in the playoffs, how they’re grinding, difficult games.
“Getting someone of Alex’s character is something we couldn’t turn (away from). Our players have done exactly what we’ve asked of them. They’ve played hard, they’ve played a system and we just felt it was time to add another piece. In Alex Burrows, we’re ecstatic to have that piece.”
After last night’s 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay, the Sens only have a four-point playoff cushion, so there’s still work to be done down the stretch.
Ottawa hosts Colorado Thursday.
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