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McPhee capitalizes at deadline

Corvo acquired in one of four deals

Associated Press / March 4, 2010

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The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals were among the busiest teams at yesterday’s trade deadline, as general manager George McPhee swung four deals, including a pair with Southeast Division rival Carolina.

The Capitals began by acquiring hard-working forward Scott Walker from the Hurricanes for a seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft. McPhee then sent a 2010 second-round pick to Minnesota for Eric Belanger, who has 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games this season, before reacquiring defenseman Milan Jurcina from Columbus for a conditional pick in June’s draft.

McPhee concluded his day by again striking a deal with Carolina, this time acquiring defenseman Joe Corvo for defenseman Brian Pothier of New Bedford, forward Oskar Osala, and a 2011 second-round pick.

“We got better and deeper and didn’t give up our future to do it,’’ McPhee told NHL.com. “We didn’t take on any bad contracts to do it, either. Corvo was the top defenseman available in our minds and we got him . . . so I’m happy with the results.’’

Lightning sale done
The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Red Sox minority owner Jeff Vinik is complete.

The NHL’s Board of Governors gave unanimous approval to the deal yesterday. Vinik agreed to buy the team, the company that operates the St. Pete Times Forum, and more than 5 acres of land adjacent to the downtown arena Feb. 4.

The Boston financier reportedly paid about $110 million cash - substantially less than the $206 million a group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie paid for the franchise in June 2008.

Visnovsky a Duck
The Anaheim Ducks acquired high-scoring defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from Edmonton for US Olympic defenseman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round draft pick. The Ducks later swapped backup goalies with Calgary, trading Vesa Toskala for Curtis McElhinney. The 33-year-old Visnovsky is returning to Southern California after spending his first seven NHL seasons with Los Angeles. The four-time Slovak Olympian has 32 points in 57 games this season . . . The Phoenix Coyotes acquired left wing Wojtek Wolski from Colorado for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter, and also dealt for 40-year-old Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mathieu Schneider. The 24-year-old Wolski has 17 goals and 30 assists this season in 62 games. The 21-year-old Mueller has had a disappointing follow-up to his outstanding rookie season.

Kings land Halpern
The Kings, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, traded for center Jeff Halpern and left wing Fredrik Modin. Halpern was acquired from Tampa Bay for center Teddy Purcell and a 2010 third-round pick. Los Angeles got Modin from Columbus for a conditional seventh-round pick . . . The Buffalo Sabres traded left wing Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for third- and fourth-round draft picks. MacArthur became expendable when the Sabres acquired forward Raffi Torres earlier in the day from Columbus . . . The New Jersey Devils dealt for veteran defenseman Martin Skoula, sending a fifth-round draft pick to the Maple Leafs. The 30-year-old Skoula was traded to Toronto Tuesday night as part of a deal that sent left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky to Pittsburgh . . . The Maple Leafs shipped forward Lee Stempniak to Phoenix for defenseman Matt Jones and the Coyotes’ fourth- and seventh-round draft choices in 2010 . . . The Oilers traded defenseman Steve Staios to Calgary for defenseman Aaron Johnson and a third-round draft pick in 2010 or ’11 . . . The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Matt D’Agostini from Montreal in exchange for prospect Aaron Palushaj . . . Former Bruins Aaron Ward (Anaheim), Andrew Alberts and Yan Stastny (Vancouver), Stephane Yelle (Colorado), and Petteri Nokelainen (Phoenix) also have new homes after deadline deals.

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