On a day that featured no blockbuster deals, let alone trades of note, two hockey enforcers - Ken Baumgartner of Toronto and Joe Kocur of the New York Rangers - were among the 17 players traded.
The Vancouver Canucks were the busiest, acquiring left wing Markus Naslund from Pittsburgh, and right wing Kocur and center Jesse Belanger from Florida.
The Mighty Ducks feel Baumgartner’s toughness will help them down the stretch. Chicago also acquired right wing Ravil Gusmanov from the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round draft pick.
Sergei Fedorov, the leading scorer for the Detroit Red Wings, was helped off the ice at 1:36 of the first period after taking a check from Toronto’s Kirk Muller.
Fedorov did not return to the game, but early reports indicated he had suffered a bruised knee and it was not serious.