Wings, Canadiens, Ducks make multiple deals before deadline
General Manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup.
In Detroit, GM Ken Holland added two experienced veterans. And the Toronto Maple Leafs' long-expected purge of high-priced talent — namely, forwards Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak or defenseman Dion Phaneuf — failed to materialize before the NHL trading deadline struck Monday.
Holland took an aggressive approach. A day after acquiring veteran forward Erik Cole from Dallas, Holland gave up a conditional draft choice to New Jersey for former Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky. The Canadiens plugged several needs by acquiring defenseman Jeff Petry from Edmonton, and making two separate deals with Buffalo to land forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn.
The New York Islanders kept pace by making four trades. Aside from adding center Tyler Kennedy from San Jose, the Isles upgraded their goalie spot behind Jaroslav Halak by acquiring starter Michal Neuvirth from Buffalo.
Pacific Division leader Anaheim made four trades. The most significant involved Columbus, in which the Ducks acquired high-scoring defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third-round pick for forwards Rene Bourque, Williams Karlsson and a 2015 second-rounder.
Boston acquired forwards Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey from Colorado, not long after picking up forward Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay.
•NO. 1 IS TAKEN DOWN: Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard both had two assists, and the host New York Rangers sent the NHL-leading Nashville Predators to their season-worst third consecutive defeat, 4-1. The victory made it a successful debut for defenseman Keith Yandle, acquired Sunday from Arizona.
•'CANES BLOWN OUT: Jonathan Toews had two goals and Brandon Saad reached 20 for the first time as the host Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.Cam Ward allowed four goals on 18 shots through the first two periods for Carolina.
•STAYING PUT: The Rangers re-signed winger Mats Zuccarello to a four-year, $18 million deal.