Monday’s roundup: Canadiens add help at deadline
General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup.
As for the Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before the NHL’s annual trading deadline struck on Monday.
“We did as much as we could. We just hoped for more,” Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said after being limited to making just two moves, none of which included forwards Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, or defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
“Today, there weren’t deals that were there for any of our players that made sense for us.”
That didn’t prevent others from staying busy on a day that featured 24 trades involving 43 players.
The Canadiens plugged several needs by acquiring defenseman Jeff Petry (Michigan State) from Edmonton, and making two separate deals with Buffalo to land forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn. They gave up a combined four draft picks and minor-league prospect Jack Nevins.
“We’re getting rewarded for our good play right now,” Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (Michigan) said. “I think (Bergevin) saw a couple of areas he can improve on but not change things too much.”
Other East teams weren’t going to let Rangers GM Glen Sather steal the thunder a day after the Rangers acquired defenseman Keith Yandle and forward James Sheppard.
“It feels great,” Yandle said before making his debut against the Predators. “The past couple of days have been crazy, but it’s special to be here.”
Yandle didn’t score in New York’s 4-1 home victory.
The Islanders kept pace by making four trades. Aside from adding center Tyler Kennedy from San Jose, the Isles upgraded their backup goalie spot behind Jaroslav Halak by acquiring Sabres starter Michal Neuvirth.
The Ducks were among several contenders to stock up in the West.
The Pacific Division leaders made four trades. The most significant involved Columbus, in which the Ducks acquired high-scoring defenseman James Wisniewski (Canton) and a 2015 third-round pick for forwards Rene Bourque, Williams Karlsson and a 2015 second-round pick.
“It’s a dream come true for anybody that’s never won a Stanley Cup … to be able to go to a legit, top-contending team, a team that has very high hopes of winning the Cup, and anything less is unacceptable,” said Wisniewski, who played for the Ducks in 2009-10 and hopes to play next week after recovering from a bone bruise.
Daughter gets wish
Jordan Leopold has learned he’s coming home, to Minnesota.
Nobody could have been more delighted by the deal than Leopold’s daughter.
Hours before the trade was finalized Monday, a photo of a heartfelt letter 11-year-old Jordyn Leopold wrote earlier this winter to the Wild coaching staff was being widely circulated online.
Her handwritten urging of the Wild to make a trade for Leopold was never actually delivered to the team.
The defenseman’s wife, Jamie Leopold, posted it on Facebook a couple of months ago.
In the letter, Jordyn Leopold said she, her mother and three siblings have been lonely without their dad around.