Mike Halford

Bruins add d-man depth, get Liles from Carolina

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The Boston Bruins, long rumored to be in the market for blueline help at the deadline, have acquired veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina, per TVA.

Update: The ‘Canes acquire ’11 third-round pick Anthony Camara, a third- and fifth-round pick, per ESPN.

Liles, 35, has enjoyed a good season in Carolina — he’s been durable (averaging over 20 minutes while appearing in all 64 games) and his offense has been decent, with six goals and 15 points.

Head coach Bill Peters was full of praise for the 35-year-old, calling Liles “a real good pro,” that’s been “excellent with our young guys.”

The former Avalanche, Maple Leaf and Hurricane should provide some good experience for the B’s come playoff time. He’s appeared in 40 career contests, most of which came with Colorado.

Liles is in the last of a four-year, $15.5 million deal with a $3.875M cap hit. It’s worth noting his salary is only $2.75M this season.

 

Ducks acquire Pirri from Panthers

Florida Panthers center Brandon Pirri (73) goes down after being checked by Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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The Anaheim Ducks, who have rebounded from their early offensive woes and started scoring some goals, have added an intriguing piece in that department — Brandon Pirri, who had 11 markers and 24 points through 52 games for Florida this season.

Per Sportsnet, it’s a sixth-round pick headed to Panthers in exchange.

Pirri, a former second-round pick (59th overall, 2009), is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, stemming from a nasty collision into the boards earlier this month.

When healthy, he’s shown an affinity for finding the back of the net — last year, he scored a career-high 22 times in just 49 games played, good enough to finish second on the team in goals (only Nick Bjugstad had more).

Pirri’s in the last of a two-year, $1.85 million deal with a $925,000 cap hit. He is expected to return at some point in early March and, when he does, could gather some of the minutes now available with veteran winger Chris Stewart out of action.

Stewart suffered a broken jaw in a fight earlier this month, an injury that will sideline him for 4-8 weeks.

Stars beef up blueline, acquire Russell from Calgary

Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell skates to his teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during overtime period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Flames won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The playoff-bound Dallas Stars have added an experienced defenseman, picking up Kris Russell from the Flames, per Sportsnet.

UPDATE:  Per ESPN and the Dallas Morning-News, it’s believed d-man Jyrki Jokipakka, prospect Brett Pollock (a forward) and a conditional second-round pick are going to Calgary. If Dallas makes the Western Conference Final, that second rounder becomes a first.

“Kris is ultra-competitive and a solid two-way defensemen,” Stars GM Jim Nill said in a release. “He will bring a steadying presence to our blueline and we feel he will help us improve in several areas.”

Russell, 28, has 15 points through 51 games this year for the Flames, while averaging a healthy 22:52 TOI per night. He’s also coming off a very impressive ’14-15 postseason, in which he scored seven points in 11 games while averaging a whopping 26:45 TOI in the Flames’ series against Vancouver and Anaheim.

For a Dallas team returning to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, that experience will be invaluable.

Russell’s overall value, however, has been a topic of great debate lately. Some saw him as one of the top available defensemen on the market, thanks to his puck-moving ability and last year’s career-high 34 points during the regular season.

Others, meanwhile, looked at his less-than-stellar possession metrics and thought he might be an overvalued asset.

How it plays out remains to be seen.

Russell’s in the last of a two-year, $5.2 million deal with a $2.6M average annual cap hit. A pending UFA, it’s believed the he’ll be highly sought after in free agency, and reports suggest he could be gunning for a contract worth $5M annually on the open market.

UPDATE 2: More on the conditional pick, from ESPN…

PHT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

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Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Monday, Feb. 29th 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

Feb. 29

To Anaheim: Jamie McGinn
To Buffalo: conditional 3rd-round pick (link)

To Chicago: Tim Jackman, seventh-round pick
To Anaheim: Corey Tropp (link)

To Edmonton: Patrick Maroon
To Anaheim: Martin Gernat, fourth-round pick (link)

To Minnesota: David Jones
To Calgary: Niklas Backstrom, sixth-round pick (link)

To Nashville: Corey Potter
To Arizona: “Future considerations” (link)

To Pittsburgh: Dustin Jeffrey
To Arizona: Matia Marcantuoni (link)

To New York Islanders: Marc-Andre Cliche
To Colorado: Taylor Beck (link)

To Los Angeles: Brett Sutter
To Minnesota: Scott Sabourin (link)

To Montreal: Stefan Matteau
To New Jersey: Devante Smith-Pelly (link)

To Boston: Lee Stempniak
To New Jersey: ’17 2nd-round pick, ’16 4th-round pick (link)

To New York Islanders: Shane Prince, ’16 7th-round pick
To Ottawa: ’16 3rd-round pick (link)

To Boston: John-Michael Liles
To Carolina: Anthony Camara, 3rd-round pick, 5th-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: Brandon Pirri
To Florida: ’16 6th-round pick (link)

To Colorado: Eric Gelinas
To New Jersey: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

To Dallas: Kris Russell
To Calgary: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Colorado: Mikkel Boedker
To Arizona: Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood (link)

To Carolina: Dennis Robertson
To Chicago: Drew McIntyre (link)

To Arizona: Sergei Plotnikov
To Pittsburgh: Matthias Plachta, ’17 7th-round pick (link)

Feb. 28

To Washington: Daniel Winnik, ’16 5th-round pick
To Toronto: Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick, ’16 2nd-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: Chris Brown
To Washington: Ryan Bourque (link)

To New York Rangers: Eric Staal
To Carolina: ’16 2nd-round pick, ’17 2nd-round pick, Aleksi Saarela (link)

To L.A.: Kris Versteeg
To Carolina: Valentin Zykov, 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 27

To Buffalo: Alex Guptill, Eric O’Dell, Cole Schneider, Michael Sdao
To Ottawa: Jason Akeson, Phil Varone, Jerome Leduc (link)

To Pittsburgh: Justin Schultz
To Edmonton: ’16 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: Jakub Kindl
To Detroit: ’17 6th-round pick (link)

To Florida: Teddy Purcell
To Edmonton: 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: Jiri Hudler
To Calgary: ’16 2nd-round pick, ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To St. Louis: Anders Nilsson
To Edmonton: Niklas Lundstrom, ’16 5th-round pick (link)

To San Jose: James Reimer, Jeremy Morin
To Toronto: Alex Stalock, Ben Smith, ’18 4th-round pick (link)

Feb. 26

To Chicago: Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann
To Montreal: Philip Danault, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 25

To Chicago: Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser, Jay Harrison
To Winnipeg: Mark Dano, ’16 1st-round pick, ’18 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 24

To Vancouver: Philip Larsen
To Edmonton: ’17th 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Washington: Mike Weber
To Buffalo: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 22

To San Jose: Roman Polak, Nick Spaling
To Toronto: Raffi Torres, ’17 2nd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: Markus Granlund
To Calgary: Hunter Shinkaruk (link)

Feb. 21

To Colorado: Shawn Matthias
To Toronto: Colin Smith, ’16 4th-round pick (link)

Roundup: Habs claim Brown, Devils claim Warsofsky

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Quick look at some of the moves made via waivers on trade deadline day…

— Montreal replaced some of the grit at depth lost at forward from the Dale WeiseTomas Fleischmann trade by picking up Mike Brown from the Sharks. Brown, 30, has appeared in 44 games for San Jose this season, scoring one goal and three points while racking up 63 PIM.

Brown is in the last of a two-year, $2.4 million deal with a $1.25M average annual cap hit.

— New Jersey added some depth on defense by claiming David Warsofsky off waiver from the Penguins. Warsofsky, 25, is a decent offensive blueliner that’s failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level, scoring just two goals and four points in 22 career games.

This year, Warsofsky appeared in 12 contests for the Penguins, a career high. He’s on a one-year, $600,000 deal and will be an RFA on July 1.

— There were no takers for a pair of goalies exposed to waivers yesterday (Toronto’s Alex Stalock and Colorado’s Reto Berra), nor did anyone put in a claim for Columbus’ Rene Bourque or Boston’s Zac Rinaldo.

It’s worth noting that Rinaldo has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday, following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette.

Related: Oilers pick up Cracknell, Pardy off waivers