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article imageNHL: Kings and Panthers busiest buyers on a quiet deadline day

By Dustin Pollack     Feb 28, 2011 in Sports
In what was an almost silent final day of trading in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers made the most significant changes to their rosters.
The Kings added forward Dustin Penner (formerly of the Edmonton Oilers) and the Panthers added forwards Niclas Bergfors, Patrick Rissmiller (formerly of the Atlanta Thrashers) and Sergei Samsonov (formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes) as well as a few draft picks, while parting ways Dennis Wideman, Bryan Allen, Radek Dvorak and Chris Higgins.
In Penner the Kings receive a 28-year-old power forward a proven 25-plus goal scorer who’s also won a Stanley Cup (as a member of the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks). In 62 games this season Penner has tallied 21 goals and 39 points.
In return the Edmonton Oilers received prospect Colton Teubert and a first round draft pick at the 2011 entry draft.
Quiet in Leaf Land
While there was much speculation that Toronto Maple Leafs general manger Brian Burke may be active on deadline day, the Leafs only made one minor move sending forward John Mitchell to the New York Rangers in exchange for a seventh round draft pick.
It had been speculated that Burke might have moved forward Clarke MacArthur who’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, but no deal got done.
Burke addressed the media several times prior to the 3p.m deadline and admitted he was receiving calls from other GM’s with regards to MacArthur, but for now MacArthur is remaining a Leafs and contract talks will continue with MacArthur’s agent Don Meehan.
Richards Stays Put
Dallas Stars centerman Brad Richards was making headlines this morning as several media outlets announced that the 31-year-old would waive his no trade clause if a move sent him to the New York Rangers, but a deal never came to fruition.
“I’m a Dallas Star. These are my friends, “ Richards told ESPN. “I do understand that Joe [Nieuwendyk] has to do a job and he’s got to look at what is best for the franchise. That’s the business we’re in, it happens all the time. There’s no hard feelings. We’ve been open, we know what’s going on. Still doesn’t mean I’ll waive my no-trade. I’ve told him all along that if he has something, I’ll look at it and try to make a decision on it.”
Richards has been sidelined with concussion like symptoms since February 13 after a mid-ice collision with Sami Pahlsson in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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