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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Contenders Wheel, Deal for Stretch Run

NEW YORK -- In the biggest flurry of activity on National Hockey League trading deadline day, 35 players and eight draft picks changed teams in 18 trades involving 19 franchises.

Among those traded Monday were Mike Gartner, the fifth-leading goal scorer in league history; Al Iafrate, a defenseman with the hardest shot in the league; and Craig Janney, the subject of a recent compensation dispute between St. Louis and Vancouver.

Gartner was among six players traded by the New York Rangers, who have struggled lately and led New Jersey by just two points in the Atlantic Division entering Monday night.

New York sent Gartner, a right wing, to Toronto for Glenn Anderson, who played for the Edmonton Oilers during their championship days in the 1980s but whose scoring has tapered off. The Rangers also got defenseman Scott Malone and a fourth-round pick in the 1994 draft.

In a swap of youth for size, New York sent right wing Tony Amonte and the rights to left wing Matt Oates to the Chicago Blackhawks for left wing Stephane Matteau and right wing Brian Noonan.

New York also traded 1994 U.S. Olympian center Todd Marchant to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran center Craig MacTavish; and sent left wing Phil Bourque to Ottawa for future considerations, and dealt defenseman Peter Andersson to Florida for a ninth-round pick in the 1994 draft.

The Washington Capitals, desperate for offensive help as the playoffs near, traded Iafrate to Boston for center Joe Juneau. The move came on the same day the Bruins learned star winger Cam Neely will be lost for the season with a knee injury.

Janney went back to St. Louis for All-Star defenseman Jeff Brown, defenseman Bret Hedican and center Nathan LaFayette.

The center had refused to report to the Canucks after an arbitrator awarded him to Vancouver as compensation for the Blues' signing of center Petr Nedved.The Blues also acquired Anaheim's only All-Star, getting defenseman Alexei Kasatonov from the Ducks for forward Maxim Bets and a sixth-round pick in the 1995 draft.

Chicago picked up center Paul Ysebardt from Winnipeg for a third-round pick in 1995, while the Jets got defenseman Brad Werenka from Edmonton for goalie Steve Passmore.

Dallas acquired center Pelle Eklund from Philadelphia for future considerations; got left wing Alan May and a seventh-round pick in the 1995 draft from Washington for defenseman Jim Johnson; received right wing Mike Needham from Pittsburgh for left wing Jim McKenzie; and traded left wing Reid Simpson and defenseman Roy Mitchell to New Jersey for future considerations.

Chicago traded center Kevin Todd to the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick in the 1994 draft. The Blackhawks also acquired defenseman Robert Dirk from the Canucks for a fourth-round pick in 1994.

The Capitals also sent defenseman Enrico Ciccone and two draft picks to Tampa Bay for defenseman Joe Reekie.