Oilers add O'Sullivan, Kotalik

Derek Morrison, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:51 PM ET

The most convoluted trade of the day took well past the 3 p.m. deadline for the league to sort out, but was eventually finalized.

The three team trade includes four players and a draft pick.

The Edmonton Oilers picked up forward Patrick O'Sullivan from the Los Angeles Kings and forward Erik Cole to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes then sent forward Justin Williams to L.A. to complete the three-team transaction.

In a separate trade, the Oilers acquired Ales Kotalik from the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round draft pick.

Edmonton appears to have its eyes set on a playoff run in the Western Conference. O'Sullivan brings a scoring mentality to the Oilers, scoring 14 goals and 22 assists this season, only his second in the league. The 24-year-old should be an immediate upgrade for the team. Kotalik has spent his entire career in Buffalo after being drafted in the seventh round of the 1998 entry draft. With 34 games of playoff experience under his belt, he should help the team as the pressure builds towards the end of the season.

Cole returns to the Hurricanes after less than a season with Edmonton. With 15 goals and 10 assists, Cole returns to the team he helped lead to the 2006 Stanley Cup.

Williams appears to be the odd man out in this deal, as he is the only current player going to a non-contending playoff team. Williams has only appered in 32 games this year, scoring three goals and seven assists. Williams should help the development of the young players in LA.

Finally, in dealing Kotalik, the Sabres reacquired a second-round pick to replace the one they traded to Toronto earlier in the day for Dominic Moore.

Pahlsson heads to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired the forward they sought after, though they did not make as big of a splash as many expected. The Hawks acquired forward Sami Pahlsson from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman James Wisniewski.

Pahlsson brings his playoff experience, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2007 with the Ducks, to a young Chicago team looking for their first playoff appearance since 2002. Pahlsson has been with the Ducks since 2001 and in 52 games this year has posted five goals and 10 assists.

The 24-year-old Wisniewski has been a part of the Blackhawks organization since being drafted in the fifth-round of the 2002 draft. In 43 games, the 6-foot blueliner has posted two goals and 11 assists.

Sunshine State swap

The two teams in the Sunshine State swapped defencemen in a move that did little to raise the excitement level of deadline day.

The Florida Panthers acquired Steve Eminger from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Noah Welch and a third-round pick.

The Panthers, who also held on to star player Jay Bouwmeester, added another proven player to their defense as they push for their first playoff appearance since 2000. Eminger has posted four goals and 21 assists this year, well on his way to a career year in what has been an otherwise disappointing season in Tampa.

Going the other way is 26-year-old Welch, who has had little impact in the NHL since being a second-round choice for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. Welch has appeared in 22 games, which matches his career high, set in the 2006-07 season with the Penguins.

The key piece to this deal for the Lighting is the third-round pick, as they look to rebuild in the draft after a disappointing 2008-09 campaign.

From Thrasher to Quacker for Christensen

In a move that just beat the deadline but did not necessarily shake the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Erik Christensen from the Atlanta Thrashers for junior prospect Eric O'Dell.

This marks the second consecutive deadline deal Christensen has been a part of, as he was shipped from Pittsburgh to Atlanta last year as a part of the Marian Hossa trade. In 56 games with the Thrashers, spanning two seasons, Christensen posted modest numbers with seven goals and 14 assists.

O'Dell moves to Atlanta after being selected in the second round of the 2008 entry draft (39th overall) by Anaheim. The 18-year-old centre from Ottawa currently plays for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, where he has amassed 59 points in 59 games.


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