Thursday’s NHL Trades Breakdown: Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Alex Kovalev

February 25th, 2011 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
It might not've been quite like last Friday's insane flurry of trades that truly resembled the trade deadline, but Thursday, February 24, four days before the deadline itself, has shaped us as another very busy day of deals.

First, the Anaheim Ducks addressed their goaltending problem with Hiller out by trading for Tampa Bay's backup goaltender Dan Ellis. Ellis, 30, was coming off a successful tenure in Nashville over the previous three seasons, but had been shaky at best for the Lightning, who get 27-year-old Curtis McElhinny in return.

Just a couple hours later, Pittsburgh and Ottawa pulled off the biggest deal of the day. Resolving rumors that have been swirling for weeks, the last-place Senators shipped off 18-year veteran Alex Kovalev to his former team. The Penguins send a sixth- or seventh-round selection to Canada's Capital in return.

Next came the largest deal of the day in terms of players on the move. Montreal acquired defenseman Brent Sopel, 34, and LW Nigel Dawes, 26, from the Thrashers. Sopel is a sturdy "D"-man who will help the Canadiens cope with their injury troubles on the back end, while Dawes is a good depth ad ...

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