In a turnaround from their switch to youth, the Panthers acquired winger Dino Ciccarelli, the No. 9 scorer in NHL history, from the Lightning in a four-player deal yesterday.

Florida sent disgruntled backup G Mark Fitzpatrick and seldom-used winger Jody Hull to the Lightning, which gave the Panthers D Jeff Norton.

It was the second major trade in two days for Tampa Bay, which has an NHL-worst 9-29-8 record. The Lightning made a six-player deal with Montreal on Thursday.

Florida currently is two points from a playoff spot, and Ciccarelli, an 18-year veteran, should provide some much-needed leadership.

Ciccarelli, a former Capital, has 597 career goals. He has scored 30 or more goals in a season 11 times since starting his career in 1980 with Minnesota.

"I'm excited to get back to games that mean something," said Ciccarelli, who will join the Panthers on Monday. "It's been frustrating here because you go into the game and you know you don't have a chance to get in the playoffs." FICHAUD OUT: Islanders G Eric Fichaud will miss the rest of the season after he undergoes surgery on his left shoulder next week, the team said.

The surgery will end a disappointing season for the 22-year-old Fichaud, who played in 17 games with the Islanders, posting a 3-8-3 mark with a 2.97 goals-against average.