Oilers save money on deals

The Edmonton Oilers traded veteran defenseman Steve Staios to the Calgary Flames in exchange for
prospect Aaron Johnson and a third-round draft pick.

It is believed to be the first-ever trade involving a regular roster player between the two provincial rivals.

The deal also helps save money for the Oilers, who dealt a handful of veterans Wednesday before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Staios has one year, $2.2 million remaining on his contract, while Johnson becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

-- ESPN.com writer Scott Burnside

Skoula will see a familiar face

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Martin Skoula, acquired late Tuesday night from Pittsburgh, to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round 2010 draft pick.

The Maple Leafs had obtained Skoula from the Penguins, along with Luca Caputi, in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Skoula, 30, is well-known to Devils coach Jacques Lemaire, having played for him for parts of four years in Minnesota.

-- ESPN.com writer Scott Burnside

Kings get Halpern, Modin

The Los Angeles Kings, expected to be in the market for a top-six forward, added veteran defensive forward Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay. Halpern has nine goals, 17 points in 55 games this season.

The Lightning received Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick, a significant return for a player who can be an unrestricted free agent.

The Kings later traded for forward Fredrik Modin, sending the Blue Jackets a conditional seventh-round pick. Modin, who played for Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics, has two goals and four assists in 24 games for Columbus this season.

-- ESPN.com writer Scott Burnside and The Associated Press

Rangers, Red Wings trade AHLers

The New York Rangers acquired forward Kris Newbury from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Jordan Owens.

Newbury, 28, has registered one goal in four games with Detroit this season, scoring in his season debut Dec. 14. He mostly has played with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) and 144 penalty minutes in 52 games.

Owens, 23, was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on June 12, 2007. He has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 50 games with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack.

The Rangers also acquired defenseman Anders Eriksson from the Coyotes for minor league goalie Miika Wiikman and a 2011 seventh-round pick. Eriksson, 35, will report to AHL Hartford.

-- ESPN.com news services

Stastny traded to Canucks, sent to Manitoba

The Canucks acquired center Yan Stastny from St. Louis in exchange for left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Stastny will report to AHL Manitoba.

Stastny, 27, was an eighth-round pick by the Bruins in 2002, and has played with the Oilers, as well. In 49 games in AHL Peoria this season, he has 10 goals and 17 assists.

Labrie, 23, had five goals, one assist and 69 penalty minutes for Manitoba. He will report to AHL Peoria.

-- ESPN.com news services

Blues deal for D'Agostini

St. Louis acquired forward Matt D'Agostini from Montreal in exchange for prospect Aaron Palushaj.

The trade was announced late Tuesday.

D'Agostini had two goals, two assists and 26 penalty minutes in 40 games for the Canadiens this season, and scored 12 goals with nine assists and 16 penalty minutes in 53 games in 2008-09. He was Montreal's sixth-round draft pick in 2005.

D'Agostini is expected to join St. Louis for a game in Dallas on Thursday.

Palushaj is 20 and was the 44th overall pick in the 2007 draft. He had five goals and 17 assists in 44 games for Peoria of the American Hockey League this season.

-- The Associated Press

Coyotes get Schneider

The Coyotes acquired veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks. Schneider, 40, had been playing with the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

In exchange, the Canucks got defenseman Sean Zimmerman, 22, and a 2010 conditional sixth-round pick.

-- ESPN.com writer Pierre LeBrun

Flames ship Boyd

The Nashville Predators acquired forward Dustin Boyd from the Flames for a fourth-round draft pick.

Boyd scored 19 points, including eight goals, in 60 games for the Flames this year, his second full NHL season. In 192 NHL games, he has 57 points.

-- The Associated Press