The Minnesota Wild traded forward Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round pick in next year’s draft.
The deal, completed Friday during a flurry of free-agent signings, gives the Jets another player in their group of top-six forwards.
"We’re thankful that as the day went on, the trade possibility reignited, or at least maybe went from a smolder to something that was live," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said.
Cheveldayoff said recently one of his top priorities was to improve at right wing. He started by acquiring Michael Frolik from Stanley Cup champion Chicago last week at the NHL draft.
Now he has added the 26-year-old Setoguchi, who had 13 goals and 14 assists last season with Minnesota.
"The opportunities are there on the right side for both of those players to grasp and to help us grow," Cheveldayoff said. "But we feel we’re a much better team today than we were entering the NHL entry draft with the two players that we just acquired."
Setoguchi had a career-high 65 points in the 2008-09 season while he was with the San Jose Sharks. He hasn’t come close to that total since.
However, Cheveldayoff chalked up Setoguchi’s decreased stats last season to his being forced into a smaller role.
"He’ll have a very good opportunity for a role to be a prolific offensive player for us," Cheveldayoff said. "The future is all left to be written."
Senators acquire Bobby Ryan in deal with Ducks
The Ottawa Senators wasted little time to fill the loss of captain Daniel Alfredsson by acquiring forward Bobby Ryan in a trade with Anaheim on Friday.
In exchange for landing the four-time 30-goal scorer, the Senators dealt forwards Jakob Silfverbeg, Stefan Noesen and their first-round pick in next year’s draft to Anaheim.
The deal was completed hours into the start of the NHL’s free-agency period, and shortly after Alfredsson, the Senators longtime captain, signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Ryan was selected with the No. 2 pick by Anaheim in the 2005 draft. He has combined for 289 points (147 goals, 142 assists) in 378 career games.
Ryan hinted at the trade on his Twitter account by posting a note that read: "Ottawa…. Im coming in hot."
Ryan had been linked in trade talks with numerous teams over the past two seasons. He has two years left on a five-year, $25 million contract. Though losing the 40-year-old Alfredsson was a blow for the Senators, they countered by getting a younger offensive threat in the 26-year-old Ryan.
He joins a team that already features a top-line scoring star in Jason Spezza, and a young core of players. It’s a group that includes Milan Michalek and 2012 Norris Trophy-winning defensman Erik Karlsson. And they’re coach by Paul MacLean, this year’s NHL coach of the year.
The Senators showed perseverance last season, overcoming injuries to Spezza and Karlsson to qualify for the playoffs.
Silfverberg is a top up-and-coming player and coming off a solid rookie season in which he had 10 goals and nine assists in 48 games.
He was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft. Noesen, from Plano, Texas, was Ottawa’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft. He had 38 goals and 44 assists for 82 points in 63 games in completing his third season with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey league.
Canadiens acquire enforcer Parros
The Montreal Canadiens acquired enforcer George Parros from the Florida Panthers on Friday.
Montreal sent prospect Philippe Lefebvre and a 2014 seventh-round pick to Florida for the 6-foot-5, 228-pound Parros. It is the same seventh rounder Montreal acquired from the Panthers at the NHL draft last week.
He had one goal, one assist and 57 penalty minutes last season. In 452 NHL games, he has 18 goals, 17 assists and 1,007 penalty minutes.
The Canadiens were likely looking to take some of the fighting workload off Brandon Prust by dealing for Parros, one of the league’s best-known heavyweights.
"Brandon’s got the heart of a lion," Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said. "He’s a warrior. He stands up for his teammates. You tell him not to do it and he can’t help himself. So adding George will help him."
Bergevin didn’t sign anyone as the NHL free agent market opened on Friday, but he swung a deal to land Parros.
"I felt it was an important element to add to our lineup," he said. "We’re bringing in a guy with a lot of character.
"We know what he brings, and it’s an aspect that at this time we feel is important."
Parros said he hopes to help the Canadiens by playing hockey as well as fighting, but acknowledged that dropping the gloves is how he has made his mark in the NHL.
"I play my game," Parros said on a conference call. "I stick up for my teammates no matter how small or tall they are.
"I bring a level of protection, and I hope they feel comfortable with me in the lineup."
Drafted 22nd overall by Los Angeles in 1999, Parros has also played for the Kings, Colorado, Anaheim. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.
Blues trade D Russell to Flames for 5th-round pick
The St. Louis Blues signed surplus defenseman Kris Russell to a one-year contract Friday and then traded him to the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round draft pick next season.
The 26-year-old Russell played in 33 games last season but became expendable after the Blues added Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold. He had a goal and six assists with nine penalty minutes.
The Blues acquired Russell in November 2011 from Columbus, where he had played for coach Ken Hitchcock.
Stars acquire center Shawn Horcoff from Oilers
The Dallas Stars have made another move in their rebuilding process.
Dallas acquired center Shawn Horcoff from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh-round pick in the NHL draft.
Stars general manager Jim Nill confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on Friday, a couple hours before teams could begin signing free agents.
The 34-year-old Horcoff has spent his entire career in Edmonton. He has 162 goals and 447 assists in 796 games since making his debut during the 2000-01 season.
The 23-year-old Larsen has five goals and 19 points in 95 NHL games.
Dallas previously acquired Boston forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley for forward Loui Eriksson on Thursday in a seven-player trade.