|NHL trade deadline update: Bruins deal Maxime Sauve for Rob Flick in minor league swap||04.03.13 at 1:24 pm ET|
On a slow deadline day so far, the Bruins made the first splash, although it was a small one: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the B’s have sent Maxime Sauve to the Blackhawks for Rob Flick in a minor league deal.
Sauve, 23, has 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games with the Providence Bruins. Flick, 22, has three goals, two assists and 97 penalty minutes in 51 games with the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs. Neither is considered a top prospect.
Hannan was drafted by the Sharks in the first round (23rd overall) back in 1997, and he played for them through the 2006-07 season. He has since played for the Avalanche, Capitals and Flames before landing with the Predators this season.
A defense-oriented blueliner, Hannan has one assist and no goals through 29 games in Nashville. He has 33 goals and 165 assists in 937 career games. The Sharks recently dealt physical defenseman Douglas Murray to the Penguins, and Hannan could fill the role he vacated for the Sharks, who are in sixth place in the West.
Smithson, 34, has two goals and three assists in 35 games in Florida this year. This is his first full season with the Panthers, as he came over from Nashville last year after six years with the Predators.
In 578 career games, Smithson has 38 goals and 57 assists for 95 points.