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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 14, 2001


Tkachuk dealt to St. Louis as Lindros goes nowhere

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk was traded to St. Louis before Tuesday afternoon's trade deadline, partly because the Blues could not make a deal with Philadelphia for restricted free agent Eric Lindros.

Phoenix got center Michael Handzus, right wing Ladislav Nagy and Jeff Taffe, a draft pick from last year, plus a first-round pick in the June draft.

"I knew it was coming," Tkachuk said. "They told me this deal was obviously financial. I really, really wanted to stay here and try to win a (Stanley) Cup, but I'm going to a better situation. This team, the St. Louis Blues, is committed to winning."

The Coyotes also acquired defenseman Todd Simpson from Florida for a second-round draft pick. The Blues also got left wing Cory Stillman from Calgary for center Craig Conroy.

Philadelphia was working on a deal with the Blues, and Lindros had a physical Monday in St. Louis. But a trade couldn't be worked out, so the Blues instead acquired Tkachuk.

Lindros, who refused to return to the Flyers after his sixth concussion in May, was the subject of much trade talk but wound up going nowhere. So unless the Flyers and Lindros, who rejected an $8.5-million qualifying offer in the summer, end their ongoing squabbling, Lindros will remain out at least until fall.

"We made a sincere effort, but when you're limited -- he picked four teams, but only two tried for him -- and other teams know you're limited, there was never a chance to make a deal that was beneficial for us," Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke said.

He cannot reach unrestricted free agency until he is 31, and Clarke has said that Lindros might have to sit that long to get what he wants.

Lindros, 28, could not be reached for comment.

SABRES: Veteran scorers Donald Audette and Steve Heinze were acquired in separate deals, neither of which involved holdout center Michael Peca.

Peca has sat out the season in a contract dispute. He is a restricted free agent, so the Sabres can match any offer or receive compensation. Peca turns 27 this month and barring a trade or offer from another team would remain a Sabre until, like Lindros, he reaches unrestricted free agency at 31.

Audette, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, returns to where he played from 1990-98. The Thrashers got prospect Kamil Piros and a fourth-round pick in the draft. Columbus got a third-round pick for Heinze.

CAPITALS: Forwards Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik and a first-round pick went to Montreal for forwards Trevor Linden and Dainius Zubrus and a second-round pick. Also, Washington got defenseman Jason Marshall from Anaheim for defenseman Alexei Tezikov and a fourth-round pick; and sent center Matt Herr to Philadelphia for defenseman Dean Melanson.

PANTHERS: Right wing Ray Whitney went to Columbus for center Kevyn Adams and a draft pick to be determined. Center Mike Sillinger went to Ottawa for a future pick.

SHARKS: Defenseman Bryan Marchment got a three-game suspension for kneeing Montreal's Martin Rucinsky in the leg Monday.

OTHER TRADES: Los Angeles sent defenseman Aki Berg to Toronto for center Adam Mair and a second-round pick. ... Pittsburgh got forward Dan LaCouture from Edmonton for defenseman Sven Butenschon and got defenseman Frantisek Kucera from Columbus for a sixth-round pick. ... Minnesota sent defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn to Ottawa for a third-round pick. ... Dean McAmmond went from Chicago to Philadelphia for a third-round pick.

MCSORLEY LEAVES IHL TEAM: Former NHL defenseman Marty McSorley left the Grand Rapids Griffins because he said he doesn't think he'll make it back to the NHL. His one-year suspension, for hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear in the head with his stick, ended last month, but he wasn't signed by an NHL team. McSorley didn't say if he plans to retire.

Tuesday's games

RED WINGS 2, CANUCKS 2: Host Detroit continued its comeback trend as Vyacheslav Kozlov scored with 2 seconds left in regulation. Sunday, the Wings beat Minnesota 3-2 in overtime; Saturday they tied St. Louis at 2 after getting a goal with 50 seconds left in regulation.

MIGHTY DUCKS 2, CAPITALS 0: Visiting Anaheim won its season-high fifth in a row. Samuel Pahlsson scored on Anaheim's first shot and Tony Hrkac scored on the Mighty Ducks' first shot of the second period.

FLYERS 5, BLUES 2: Kent Manderville scored the go-ahead goal, his second since joining Philadelphia a year ago, on a short-handed breakaway with 35 seconds left in the second period.

Late Monday

SHARKS 3, CANADIENS 0: Evgeni Nabokov got his fifth shutout as both teams hit milestones: Host San Jose tied last season's team record with its 35th win, and Montreal set a team record with its 41st loss.

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