Red Wings, Stars Lead Flurry Of Deals

Posted: March 25, 1998

The Detroit Red Wings found the veteran defensemen they sought when they acquired Dmitri Mironov and Jamie Macoun before yesterday's NHL trade deadline.

The Red Wings will begin defending their Stanley Cup with a reshaped blue line after obtaining Mironov, 32, from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Macoun, 36, from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

``We have been looking to upgrade our defense,'' Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. ``To be able to acquire a player of Dmitri Mironov's skill and experience is an excellent move for us.''

The Red Wings parted with Jamie Pushor and a fourth-round pick in this year's draft for Mironov before sending a fourth-round pick to Toronto for Macoun.

Ninteen trades involving 39 players and 14 draft picks were made around the NHL. Among them:

The Dallas Stars, who lead Detroit by five points in the Central Division, acquired center Brian Skrudland and right wing Mike Keane from the New York Rangers for injured right wing Todd Harvey and left wing Bob Errey.

Pittsburgh acquired center Sean Pronger from Anaheim in exchange for the rights to goaltender Patrick Lalime. Pronger, who has 12 goals and 23 assists in 56 games, gives the Penguins more stability on their third line.

``It was a depth move for us, and it adds a little size to our lineup,'' Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick said. ``He has good speed and [toughness], and we feel he can help us down the stretch.''

The Ducks also traded veteran left wing Warren Rychel and a conditional 1999 entry draft pick to Colorado for center Josef Marha.

Toronto dealt veteran defenseman Jeff Brown to Washington for another longtime NHL defender, Sylvain Cote.

St. Louis sent right wing Joe Murphy to San Jose for defenseman Todd Gill, then dealt young center Harry York to the Rangers for veteran center Mike Eastwood.

Carolina acquired forward Ray Sheppard from the Panthers for goaltender Kirk McLean as the Hurricanes attempt to improve their power play down the stretch. McLean figures to replace John Vanbiesbrouck, who will be a free agent after this season and is looking for a big raise over his $2.2 million annual salary.

``Ray is a proven goal-scorer,'' Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. ``He is an experienced player and a great addition for our team as we head down to the final weeks of the season.''

Tampa Bay unloaded center Jason Wiemer to Calgary for bruising right wing Sandy McCarthy and a third- and fifth-round draft pick. The Lightning also traded defensemen Bryan Marchment and David Shaw to the Sharks for right wing Andrei Nazarov, future considerations and a conditional exchange of first-round draft picks.

The Buffalo Sabres traded forward Jason Dawe to the New York Islanders, but were unable to unload disgruntled forward Matthew Barnaby, who requested a trade last week.

The Rangers sent enforcer Ryan Vandenbussche to the Chicago Blackhawks for minor-league defenseman Ryan Risidore, while acquiring defenseman Rich Brennan from San Jose for goalie Jason Muzzatti.

Moves some expected were not made. Petr Nedved remained unsigned and untraded by the Penguins. Defensemen Al McInnis ($3.5 million) and Gary Suter ($1.6 million) stayed with St. Louis and Chicago, respectively, even though they are expected to become free agents. Vanbiesbrouck, who requested a trade, stayed with Florida and probably will become a free agent.

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