The Detroit Red Wings acquired Todd Bertuzzi from Florida just before yesterday's NHL trading deadline, adding the tough forward they wanted for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"Bertuzzi is a huge, talented man that adds the dimensions of size and skill that we need on one of our top two lines," Detroit Coach Mike Babcock told the Associated Press. "We'll give up a first-round pick if there are a lot of conditions met, such as us winning a lot in the playoffs and him helping us do that. We'd be happy to give up that pick."
The Panthers acquired forward Shawn Matthias and up to two conditional draft picks in the deal. If Bertuzzi signs with Detroit when he becomes a free agent after the season, the Red Wings will part with one pick this year and another next year.
Among the flurry of major deals at yesterday's deadline:
· The Edmonton Oilers couldn't reach a new deal with Ryan Smyth so they dealt the star forward to the New York Islanders. The Oilers received prospects Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra -- both first-round draft picks -- and a first-round selection in this year's draft.
· The New York Rangers traded Aaron Ward to the Boston Bruins just days after a rift between the defenseman and captain Jaromir Jagr became public. The Rangers received defenseman Paul Mara from the Bruins.
· Contending for the first time in six years, the Pittsburgh Penguins underwent a dramatic change by trading defenseman Noah Welchto Florida for 40-year-old forward Gary Robertsand sending forward prospect Daniel Carcilloand a 2008-third-round pick to Phoenix for tough guy Georges Laraque.
With two forwards arriving, the Penguins freed up ice time by dealing Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a third-round pick. They also landed defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski from Florida for a fourth-round pick.
· The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues for left wing Ville Nieminen, the rights to college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey's first-round pick, which they acquired last year.
Guerin revitalized his career in his first season with St. Louis, scoring 28 goals and 47 points.
"I'm thrilled," Guerin said. "This is one of those teams that was on my radar. I am very happy to be going there. You have certain expectations and places that you want to go, so it was easy [to agree to the trade]. When it was presented to me, it was a no-brainer."
-- From News Services