No NHL blockbusters this time

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

TORONTO - Dustin Penner, Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman and not much else.

The National Hockey League trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. on Monday, and though there some trades that managed to quiet the crickets for a few moments, nothing of major significance happened.

Some people might see the Los Angeles Kings' acquisition of Penner, a power forward, from the Edmonton Oilers as a big trade, but does anyone really think Penner will lead the Kings to a Stanley Cup? Didn't think so.

That the Kings did not have to give up hot prospect Brayden Schenn to get Penner, who had 21 goals for the Oilers, or anyone else is the vital bit of news.

And the Capitals, who were a major disappointment last spring when they were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, managed to pry centre Jason Arnott away from the New Jersey Devils. Arnott could be the veteran presence that makes a difference for the Caps this post-season.

Wideman, acquired from the Florida Panthers, give the Caps another offensive boost from the blue line.

In total, 15 trades involving 32 players and 12 draft picks were made.

The lack of trades is not surprising, given the flurry of significant trades that went down in the previous weeks.

The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche might have made the biggest swap when it comes to the longterm future when Erik Johnson and Jay McClement were sent to the Avalanche for Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk on Feb. 19.

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally convinced Tomas Kaberle to leave the city and traded him to Boston, while the New York Rangers hope Bryan McCabe, acquired from the Florida Panthers on Saturday, is part of their answer in a playoff push.

One note to ponder — the Chicago Blackhawks did not add a player last year on deadline day, but won the Stanley Cup.

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TO LOS ANGELES

F Dustin Penner

TO EDMONTON

D Colten Teubert, 1st-round pick in 2011, 3rd-round pick in 2012

The skinny: Penner goes back to southern California, taking his 21 goals in Edmonton with him. The 28-year-old power forward will count $4.25-million US against the cap next year and will be unrestricted in 2012. Teubert, with 10 points in 39 games for Manchester of the AHL, becomes another solid prospect for Edmonton.


TO COLORADO

D Shawn Belle

TO EDMONTON

D Kevin Montgomery

The skinny: A minor-league deal involving a couple of players who have not been able to crack NHL lineups. Belle once was a solid prospect but this is fourth time he has been traded since he was drafted 30th overall by St. Louis in 2003. Montgomery has 19 points in 51 games for Lake Erie of the AHL and has more potential.


TO CALGARY

LW Fredrik Modin

TO ATLANTA

7th-round pick

The skinny: Flames general manager Jay Feaster is no stranger to Modin, as they were together for Tampa's Cup win in 2004. With only seven goals, Modin is not the player he once was, but will bring depth to the Calgary lineup.


TO CHICAGO

D Chris Campoli, Conditional 7th-round pick

TO OTTAWA

F Ryan Potulny, 2nd-round pick

The skinny: Yet another player on the way out of Canada's capital. Campoli, acquired by Sens just over two years ago from Islanders, is making $1.4-million US this season and will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it will be intriguing to see whether the Blackhawks can re-sign him. Potulny has spent most of season in minors after scoring 15 goals for Oilers last year.


TO VANCOUVER

LW Chris Higgins

TO FLORIDA

D Evan Oberg, 3rd-round pick in 2013

The skinny: Higgins has a broken finger, but he should make his Canucks debut in the next couple of weeks. With 23 points in 48 games, Higgins should help give Vancouver a spark (not that it needs it) once he is healthy. Oberg is a good prospect, and with four games in the NHL with the Canucks, should count on making his Thrashers debut soon.


TO VANCOUVER

F Maxim Lapierre, C MacGregor Sharp

TO ANAHEIM

F Joel Perrault, 3rd-round pick

The skinny: Lapierre was a bad fit in 21 games for the Ducks, recording just three assists after he was acquired from the Canadiens.


TO N.Y. RANGERS

C John Mitchell

TO TORONTO

7th-round pick in 2012

The skinny: At one time, there had been higher expectations for Mitchell with the Maple Leafs, but he could not become even a spare part under Ron Wilson. Mitchell had three points in 23 games for the Leafs this season and had just one goal in 10 games with the Toronto Marlies.


TO MONTREAL

G Drew MacIntyre

TO ATLANTA

D Brett Festerling

The skinny: The last registered trade of the day. Not much more to say than that.


TO WASHINGTON

C Jason Arnott

TO NEW JERSEY

C David Steckel, 2nd-round pick in 2012

The skinny: A sound addition for the Capitals, who get a playoff warhorse in Arnott. Including a Stanley Cup win with the Devils in 2000, Arnott has played in 106 NHL playoff games. The Capitals will not miss Steckel, who has never had more than eight goals in one season. Arnott is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.


TO BOSTON

G Anton Khudobin

TO MINNESOTA

D Jeff Penner, F Mikko Lehtonen

The skinny: Confirmed just after 4 p.m. Everyone can turn their computers off now.


TO PHILADELPHIA

F Tom Sestito

TO COLUMBUS

F Greg Moore, F Michael Chaput

The skinny: Two minor-leaguers for one.


TO CAROLINA

D Bryan Allen

TO FLORIDA

LW Sergei Samsonov

The skinny: Another sign that Panthers general manager Dale Tallon figures his team is out of the playoff race, despite being just eight points back of Carolina. Allen is a bruising body who will add some grit to the Hurricanes blue line, while Samsonov might score the odd goal or two for Florida.


TO ANAHEIM

F Brad Winchester

TO ST. LOUIS

3rd-round pick in 2011

The skinny: With 14 points and 86 penalty minutes in 57 games, Winchester, who follows Brad Boyes out of St. Louis, will bring depth and sandpaper to the Ducks lineup.


TO PHOENIX

D Rostislav Klesla, F Dane Byers

TO COLUMBUS

LW Scott Upshall, D Sami Lepisto

The skinny: Salary dump by Blue Jackets as Klesla will be $2.975-milllion US against the cap for each of the next three seasons and Upshall will be unrestricted this summer. Klesla defensively is sound. With 16 goals, Upshall is two away from tying his career high. Lepisto will add depth to the Columbus blue line.


TO WASHINGTON

D Dennis Wideman

TO FLORIDA

LW Jake Hauswirth, 3rd-round pick in 2011

The skinny: Wideman was coveted by several teams for his offensive talents — he was second in Panthers scoring with 33 points (nine goals and 24 assists) in 61 games. His defence is suspect, though, as he was minus-26, among the worst marks in the NHL, and he will count $3.9-million US against the cap next season. Hauswirth plays for South Carolina of the ECHL.


TO ATLANTA

RW Radek Dvorak, 5th-round draft pick in 2011

TO FLORIDA

RW Niclas Bergfors, LW Patrick Rissmiller

The skinny: The first trade of the day won’t have much impact in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Dvorak has 21 points in 53 games and in 39 career playoff games, has a mere seven points. Bergfors had 29 points in 52 games for Atlanta and should be better in the long term for the Panthers.


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