By the Atlanta Thrashers to the New Jersey Devils, left wing Ilya Kovalchuk. Faced with the prospect of losing the best player in franchise history for nothing, Atlanta shipped the former 50-goal scorer to a Cup contender for two players, a minor league prospect and a 2010 first-round pick. Kovalchuk, who leads the league with 328 goals since he was drafted in '01, can become an unrestricted free agent in July and had been seeking a long-term deal close to the salary-cap maximum. He will have multiple options: He can sign with any NHL team or play in the KHL in his native Russia, where he would become the league's centerpiece. Either way, he's considered a short-term rental for the Devils, for whom he assisted twice in his first game, a 4--3 win over Toronto last Friday.
In a two-vehicle crash last Friday on snow-covered U.S. Highway 35 near Economy, Ind., Brendan Burke. The 21-year-old senior was the student manager of the No. 1--ranked Miami (Ohio) University hockey team. He was also the fourth oldest of Toronto Maple Leafs and Team USA G.M. Brian Burke's six children. Brendan made headlines last November when he announced his homosexuality. At the time his father, the most blustery of old-time hockey executives, told ESPN.com, "I hope the day comes, and soon, when this is not a story." The funeral was Tuesday, a week before the U.S. opens its Olympic tournament against Switzerland.