OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, adding instant offence to a roster missing leading scorers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
With Crosby out indefinitely with a concussion and Malkin sidelined with a knee injury, the Penguins said on their website (http://penguins.nhl.com/) they sent a 2011 seventh round pick to Ottawa for the experienced Russian, who has 426 career goals and 1,017 points in 18 seasons.
It is the second tour of duty with the Penguins for Kovalev, who spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh from 1998 to 2003.
A three-time All-Star, the enigmatic Russian sniper has 14 goals and 13 assists this season and had been the subject of trade talk for some time.
Taken with the 15th overall pick by the New York Rangers in the 1991 draft, Kovalev helped the Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1994 and won a Olympic gold medal as a member of the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Games.
The 38-year-old winger was the first Russian to be selected in the first round of the NHL draft.
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks moved to shore up their goaltending swapping backup netminders with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With starting netminder Jonas Hiller on injured reserve suffering from dizziness and fatigue, the Ducks sent Curtis McElhinney to Florida for the more experienced Dan Ellis, who was 13-7-6 with a 2.89 goals-against average as Dwayne Roloson's backup.
(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto, Editing by Steve Ginsburg)