Chicago trades reigning Vezina winner Marc-Andre Fleury to Wild for draft pick

The Minnesota Wild addressed their inconsistent goaltending situation by acquiring Marc-Andre Fleury in a trade with Chicago on Monday.

Chicago receives a conditional first-round draft pick in return for Fleury.

The Wild are in the midst of a tightly contested Western Conference playoff race, and began the day third in the Central Division standings. In Fleury, they add a three-time Stanley Cup-winner who, at 36, won his first Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie last year while playing for the Vegas Golden Knights. He was traded to Chicago last off-season.

The playoff-bound Minnesota Wild acquired a second-round pick in the draft this summer from the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes for unsigned prospect Jack McBain, who represented Canada at the Beijing Olympics without NHL players.

Jets send d-man to Pens

The Winnipeg Jets have traded defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.

Currently on long-term injury reserve with a lower-body injury, the 29-year-old had four assists in 24 games with the Jets in 2021-22.

The Jets made another trade ahead of Monday’s 3 pm ET deadline, shipping the contract of center Bryan Little and unsigned prospect Nathan Smith to the Arizona Coyotes for a 2022 fourth-round draft pick.

Little, who hasn’t played since November 2019 after being hit in the head with a puck that left him with a perforated eardrum and dealing with vertigo, has two years left on a contract that carries an annual average value of just over $5.29 million US .

The Winnipeg Jets traded defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. (Mitchel Leff/Getty Images)

Beaulieu, meanwhile, is in the final season of a two-year contract with an AAV of $1.25 million.

The pending unrestricted free agent has 12 goals and 94 points in 419 career games with Winnipeg, Montreal and the Buffalo Sabers. He’s added five assists in 21 playoff contests.

The Jets made another move late Sunday, re-acquiring Mason Appleton from the Seattle Kraken for a fourth-round pick in 2023.

Sens ink Forsberg to extension

The Ottawa Senators signed goaltender Anton Forsberg to a three-year, $8.25-million contract extension.

The deal with the pending unrestricted free agent that carries an average annual value of $2.75 million was announced just under five hours before the NHL’s 3 pm ET trade deadline.

Ottawa did make one deal before the trade cutoff, acquiring forward Zach Senyshyn and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick from the Boston Bruins for defenseman Josh Brown and a conditional seventh-round selection this year.

Brown had six assists in 46 games with the Senators in 2021-22, while Senyshyn, the 15th pick in the 2015 draft, has played just 14 NHL contests in his career.

The 29-year-old Forsberg is in his second season in the nation’s capital after being claimed off waivers last March from the Winnipeg Jets.

Forsberg is 14-12-2 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average in 2021-22 for the rebuilding Senators.

The Swede was originally selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Forsberg has a record of 29-41-7 win a .908 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA in 87 career NHL games.

Matt Murray, who is currently out injured, still has two years left on his contract that pays in $6.25 million per season the netminder signed with Ottawa following a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in October 2020.

Ottawa traded away one of its other pending UFAs on Sunday, shipping center Nick Paul to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Mathieu Joseph and a fourth-round pick in 2024.

Rangers acquire Braun from Flyers

The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Justin Braun from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers will get a 2023 third-round pick in return.

The Rangers shore up their blueline for their playoff run with a player whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Braun, 35, has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and 36 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.

Braun was drafted in the seventh round by the San Jose Sharks in 2007 and played his first nine seasons in San Jose. He has 195 career points (33 goals, 162 assists) in 783 games.

Johansson back to Caps

Marcus Johansson is heading back to the team that drafted him.

The Washington Capitals acquired Johansson from the Seattle Kraken expansion, according to a second person with knowledge of the situation who also spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Johansson, who signed with Seattle last summer, is on his sixth team since the Capitals traded him to New Jersey in the summer of 2017. The 31-year-old has six goals and 23 points in 51 games for the Kraken.

Johansson was a 2009 first-round pick of the Capitals, and he played his first seven NHL seasons with Washington.

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