Marc-André Fleury among winners at NHL trade deadline

Marc-Andre Fleurymay was the biggest winner at the NHL’s trade deadline, being traded by the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks for the potentially contending Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota acquired the biggest name available on Monday, adding a three-time Stanley Cup winner. The bold move boosts the Wild’s chances of making the playoffs and possibly making a deep run for the first time since reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2003.

The Wild gave up a conditional first-round pick in this year’s draft, and Chicago agreed to pay half of what’s left on the final year of Fleury’s three-year contract.

“It was a very open, collaborative process and Minnesota was obviously a very supportive place for him,” Chicago freshman general manager Kyle Davidson said. “I’m glad we were able to find something that worked for the Wild, Marc, and also for the Blackhawks.”

Fleury, 37, who went 19-21-1 with four shutouts in Chicago, won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender with the Vegas Golden Knights a year ago. The high-scoring Wild effectively traded Fleury for Kaapo Kahkonen, who they traded to San Jose for a fifth-round pick, and gave themselves an option in net other than Cam Talbot.

Here’s a look at some of the other winners at the deadline, when 33 deals were reached involving 54 players, and in the days leading up to the potentially pivotal day:

NEW YORK RANGERS

Rangers, who failed to make the playoffs last season for the third time in four years, improved their chances of making playoff noise for the first time since reaching the final of the Eastern Conference in 2015.

New York strengthened its defense by acquiring Justin Braun from Philadelphia and improved its depth up front, adding Tyler Motte from Vancouver and Andrew Copp from Winnipeg. The Rangers gave up a total of five picks, including two conditional second-round selections to Winnipeg, as well as two minor league prospects.

COLORADO AVALANCE

The NHL-leading Avs are clearly not happy with their spot in the standings by acquiring forward Artturi Lehkonen from Montreal to make plays at both ends of the ice. They also landed San Jose forward Andrew Cogliano to add depth after strengthening the blue line after acquiring defenseman Josh Manson from Anaheim last week.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Winners find a way, and the Lightning appeared to have done so on Friday by acquiring 23-year-old forward Brandon Hagel, after scoring 21 goals for a second straight season in Chicago, for a pair of first-round picks.

Tampa Bay also added a layer of toughness by adding 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward Nick Paul from Ottawa in a quest to become the first in the NHL to win three consecutive Stanley Cups since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980 to 1983.

“Everyone is trying to get that extra edge – no matter what they think,” coach Jon Cooper said.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

The Panthers, who lead rival Lightning in the Atlantic Division, caused a stir on Saturday by acquiring seven-time star forward Claude Giroux from Philadelphia days after adding top defenseman Ben Chiarot from Montreal.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

In contention with Carolina and the Rangers to win the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins added 16-goal scorer Rickard Rakell from Anaheim. His 154 goals in 550 games ranks fifth on the Ducks’ all-time list and his secondary scoring is needed in Pittsburgh.

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AP Hockey writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow and freelance journalist Denis Gorman contributed.

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