The New York Islanders traded defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and rookie center Andreas Johansson to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night for unsigned center Bryan Smolinski.
Smolinski, who played for current Islanders GM-coach Mike Milbury in Boston, had 24 goals and 64 points in 81 games last season for the Penguins. He is an unrestricted free agent, and his asking price was too much for manager Craig Patrick, who had tried to trade the forward since the start of the season.Kasparaitis, a fan favorite on Long Island, had five assists in 18 games for the Islanders this season. He is a hard hitting defenseman, to be remembered by Islanders fans for his rough play against Penguins star Mario Lemieux in the 1993 playoffs.
Johansson, one of four rookies to play for the Islanders this season, had two goals and two assists in 15 games.