NHL notes: Kings trade Sopel to Vancouver

first_img“I’m very excited, my family is very excited, we never wanted to leave Vancouver in the first place,” Sopel told the Associated Press. “I love the city and I love the team.” The NHL trade deadline arrives at noon today and the Kings, who already parted with Craig Conroy and Sean Avery, might have Aaron Miller’s name on the table but otherwise aren’t likely to make moves. The Capitals sent defenseman Lawrence Nycholat to Ottawa for defenseman Andy Hedlund and a sixth-round draft pick. … Vancouver acquired veteran center Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a conditional second-round draft pick. “I’m ecstatic about it,” said Smolinski, who is expected to play on a line with Vancouver captain Markus Naslund, a former teammate in Pittsburgh. Smolinski had 37 points in 62games with the Blackhawks this season. … Forward Kyle Calder ended up in Detroit as part of a three-team deal that saw the Philadelphia Flyers acquire defenseman Lasse Kukkonen from Chicago. The Flyers sent Calder to Chicago for a 2007 third-round draft pick and Kukkonen. The Blackhawks then sent Calder to Detroit for forward Jason Williams. Drury still out: Chris Drury will miss Buffalo’s game tonight against Toronto as the Sabres co-captain recovers from a concussion after being blindsided by Ottawa’s Chris Neil last week. Coach Lindy Ruff said that Drury is still a few days away from being cleared for practice. There’s a chance Drury could return when Buffalo hosts Montreal on Friday. Blue Jackets moves: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed left wing Fredrik Modin to a multi-year contract and placed forward Dan Fritsche on injured reserve. Fritsche injured his wrist Feb.25 against Nashville. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sopel broke into the NHL with Vancouver in 1998-99 and spent parts of six seasons with the Canucks before an August 2005 trade to the Islanders. Seven months later, the Islanders shipped Sopel to the Kings for prospects Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini and a draft pick. The Kings hoped Sopel, a puck-moving defenseman, would aid their power play, but Sopel had zero goals and one assist in 11 games last season and had four goals and 19assists in 44 games this season. Sopel is under contract for $2.4 million this season and will be a free agent this summer. – Rich Hammond More trades: The New York Islanders acquired winger Richard Zednik from Washington for a second-round draft pick in 2007. Zednik has six goals and 12assists for the Capitals this season. He has also missed 31 games with wrist and groin injuries. … center_img The Kings’ trade for Brent Sopel in March turned out to be a one-year rental. Sopel, acquired from New York Islanders at the trade deadline last season, moved to Vancouver on Monday when the Kings received a second-round draft pick in 2007 or 2008 and a 2008 fourth-round pick for the 30-year-old defenseman. last_img

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