Heatherington was sent packing to Dallas at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, with forward Lauri Korpikoski coming back to the Jackets, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports.
The 21-year-old blueliner has shown precious little in the way of offensive upside, as he tallied just six points in 38 games for AHL Cleveland this year. However, Heatherington is a big, tough blueliner with second-round pedigree who could ultimately end up fitting in on a Dallas club that could use a shutdown blueliner or three. For now, he'll probably carry on in the minors, shifting over to AHL Texas.
Fehr and defenseman Steve Oleksy -- along with a 2017 fourth-round pick -- were traded from Pittsburgh to Toronto on Wednesday in exchange for another blueliner in Frank Corrado, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Fehr was waived by the Penguins on Tuesday, which was a not-so-subtle hint that he'd ultimately be packaged in a trade. The 31-year-old winger has one year remaining on a contract that includes an average annual value of $2 million; he'll be an unrestricted free agent once that deal expires. This transaction should positively impact the Leafs since Fehr is a veteran who figures to provide sound guidance to the team's burgeoning forwards.
Zipser (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Zipser has missed the last seven games because of a lingering ankle injury, with his last appearance coming on Feb. 8 against the Warriors. He's had almost a month off to make a full recovery and was able to take part in a full practice Wednesday, so it appears he's finally trending towards a return. Zipser's availability for Thursday's game against the Warriors remains uncertain, but look for another update following the team's morning shootaround.
Korpikoski mainly played a bottom-six role and that's likely to be the same kind of role he'll take on in Columbus' high-powered offense. The 30-year-old forward netted just one goal in February but managed 19 shots in the 11 games that month, meaning that the shots just aren't falling for him at the moment.
Brown was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Brown gets his first call-up of the year after signing with the Canes during the offseason. In 54 minor-league outings, the center has managed 11 goals and nine helpers, along with 43 PIM. It is unclear if the 24-year-old will be in the lineup against the LIghtning on Wednesday or if he is just there to provide some emergency depth.