We're starting to see more movement around the NHL as we approach this season's trade deadline on Monday, Feb. 25. I'll keep you updated here every day with the talks and moves around the league. Have you seen any reports? Any moves you want to see happen? Let us hear in the comments! I've created this primer explaining the rules and intricacies surrounding trades in the NHL, and what else happens in the league leading up to and following the deadline.
MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2019
• 7:50 p.m.: The Rangers acquired defenseman Darren Raddysh from the Blackhawks in exchange for forward Peter Holland.
Raddysh, 22, is in his second professional season with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He has 13 goals and 35 assists in 120 career AHL games.
Holland, 28, has appeared in 226 career NHL games but has spent all of this season with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. Holland leads the Wolf Pack in scoring this season with 20 goals and 29 assists in 52 games.
• 7:00 p.m.: Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Sun spoke with Canucks general manager Jim Benning on the Canucks' plans for the next week. Benning would still like to add another goal-scoring forward, but don't expect the Canucks to add any rental players.
“I’m not necessarily looking at rentals," said Benning. "If we’re going to do trades, it’s going to be players who can be pieces of the puzzle moving forward.”
• 12:30 a.m.: I was off work for a few days to move to a new apartment. Here's a recap of what you missed during that time:
• The Canucks acquired AHL goaltender Marek Mazanec from the Rangers in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick.
• The Oilers acquired goaltender Anthony Stolarz from the Flyers in exchange for goaltender Cam Talbot. That'll fix it.
• The Oilers re-acquired forward Sam Gagner from the Canucks in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner.
MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2019
• 3:30 p.m.: The Penguins acquired AHL defenseman Blake Siebenaler from the Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft. More on that here. Siebenaler almost certainly won't meet the conditions for the pick, which means the Penguins most likely are just getting him for free.
• 1:40 p.m.: The Kings traded forward Nate Thompson and a 5th round pick to the Canadiens in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Thompson played in 53 games for the Kings this season, recording four goals, two assists, and a plus-3 rating.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019
• 11:10 a.m.: The Flyers acquired defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese from the Canadiens in exchange for forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin.
Schlemko has played in 18 Canadiens games this year, recording two assists, and has scored one goal and three assists in eight AHL games with the Laval Rocket. Froese was captain of the Rocket this season, and recorded 14 goals and 16 assists in 46 games.
Weise had five goals and six assists in 42 Flyers games this season, and one goal and one assist in three AHL games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Folin had two assists in 26 Flyers games this season.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019
• 1:00 p.m.: The Predators made yet another deal, acquiring forwards Adam Helewka and Laurent Dauphin from the Coyotes in exchange for forward Emil Pettersson. The Coyotes were at their 50-contract limit prior to the trade, so this frees up a contract spot and allows the Coyotes to be more flexible moving forward.
• 12:30 p.m.: This is completely unrelated to the NHL's trade deadline, but here it is anyway. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton acquired rookie forward Trevor Yates from the Grand Rapids Griffins in exchange for future considerations. Yates will report to Wheeling.
This is an AHL-level deal with players on AHL-level contracts, meaning the players involved aren't property of their NHL teams. The eventual player who will go back to Grand Rapids will be one on an AHL contract, not technically a Penguins prospect.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019
• 1:00 a.m.: Sergei Bobrovsky to Florida? Not so fast, TSN's Pierre LeBrun said on an episode of Insider Trading.
"My understanding is the Panthers did reach out to Columbus and what they found out was the price is too high right now to get into trade discussions," LeBrun said. "Too high because they know they can go after him as an unrestricted free agent July 1. What I think is going to happen is the Panthers will keep in touch with the Blue Jackets, they’ll circle back closer to the trade deadline, and if the price goes down maybe it’s worth it for them to try and sign Bobrovsky now and advance the process. But if the price hasn’t changed, they’ll wait until July 1."
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2019
• 2:00 p.m.: The Predators weren't done yet. They re-acquired forward Cody McLeod from the Rangers in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.
• 12:15 p.m.: The Devils have traded Brian Boyle to the Predators in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019. Boyle, 34, is in the final year of his contract and carries a $2,550,000 cap hit.
MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2019
• 6:15 p.m.: The Senators and Matt Duchene are still trying to work towards an extension. If the two parties are unable to come to an agreement soon, he will get dealt before the deadline. Duchene's agent Pat Brisson was in Ottawa on Monday for more meetings, as reported by Darren Dreger.
• 5:00 p.m.: 33-year-old Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has a full no-movement clause in his contract. The Blackhawks asked him to waive the clause for a potential trade ... and Seabrook declined. Seabrook is under contract through 2023-24, and carries a $6,875,000 cap hit. His full no-movement clause runs through 2021-22, and in the final years of his contract it becomes a modified no-trade clause. He'll be 39 when his contract expires.
35-year-old defenseman Duncan Keith is also expected to be asked to waive his no-movement clause. Keith is under contract through the 2022-23 season, and carries a $5,538,462 cap hit. His full no-movement clause runs through the duration of the contract. He'll be 40 when his contract expires.
The Blackhawks have a lot of money locked up in aging defensemen for a few years, and they aren't going anywhere unless they want to.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019
• 6:25 p.m.: The New York Post reports that the Penguins have shown interest in Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello, a right wing, is in the final year of his contract and carries a cap hit of $4.5 million. The Rangers would likely be looking for prospects or picks in return, however, and the Penguins can't exactly afford to give up much.
• 6:10 p.m.: The Leafs are shopping defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, according to The Toronto Sun. 27-year-old Zaitsev has a cap hit of $4.5 million with five years remaining on his contract. Zaitsev has a modified no-trade clause (10-team no-trade) that kicks in after this season. Zaitsev's contract already makes it hard to deal him, but it will become even harder after this season.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019
• 2:30 p.m.: Brian Boyle's name is one that is increasingly being thrown around more as potential trade bait. He has a very limited no-trade clause, and reportedly does not want to leave New Jersey:
Brian Boyle’s no-trade protection with #njdevils is an 8-team list where he would not accept a deal. There’s been some increased chatter around Boyle, on-pace for a career-high in goals, but as @cmasisak22 reported his preference would be to remain with NJD.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 2, 2019
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019
• 12:30 p.m.: There it is. The Penguins acquired Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Panthers in exchange for Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan, a second-round pick, and two fourth-round picks. Everything on that trade can be found here. I've seen a lot of people worry about the number of picks given up, but, really, it isn't much. Statistically, fourth-round picks have a 20 percent chance of ever playing more than 49 games in the NHL over the course of their career. The Penguins are in win-now mode, and they have to give up some picks to make upgrades. And it appears that they have upgraded, judging by this advanced stats player comparison tool:
TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019
• 4:00 p.m.: Claude Giroux is the lone untouchable on the Flyers this trade deadline, according to general manager Chuck Fletcher. “We have a lot of good players here but I would never say never to almost anybody besides Giroux," said Fletcher. "Giroux’s got the no-trade and he’s our captain and probably one of the best players in the history of the franchise. So I don’t think that makes much sense. But there’s a lot of guys that don’t make much sense either, but I can’t say never.”
MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2019
• 7:10 p.m.: Well, this is a big one. The Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Kings in exchange for forward Carl Grundstrom, the rights to Sean Durzi and the Maple Leaf's first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Muzzin has one year left on his contract and carries a $4 million cap hit. Durzi was the Leafs' 2018 second-round pick and in his final year of junior hockey. He is not yet signed. • 3:00 p.m.: The Penguins sent Jamie Oleksiak back to the Stars in exchange for the same fourth-round pick they sent there to get him in the first place. More on that here.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019
• 3:35 p.m.: The Jets may be looking to add rentals this trade deadline, and TSN analysts believe they're looking at Derick Brassard, as they discussed on a recent TradeCentre segment. “One player of note, Derick Brassard, I think Winnipeg has already kicked the tires on him with the Pittsburgh Penguins," Pierre LeBrun said. "I don’t think they liked what they heard at this point, but it’s early. There’s lots of players the Jets are looking at, he’s one of them." “Derick Brassard was in fact their No. 1 target [at last year’s deadline] and I think the Winnipeg Jets were a little bit disappointed that they didn’t land him last year," Frank Seravalli said. "Stastny of course ended up being a way better fit and a significant contributor in their playoff run the way that he was able to slot their centers out for them. He gave them tremendous depth. I wonder if they do circle back to Brassard, who obviously hasn’t been a fit there in Pittsburgh."
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2019
• 4:55 p.m.: Readers have asked me about Derick Brassard's contract and if he has any special clauses. He has a modified no-trade clause which allows him to submit a list of eight teams to which he will NOT accept a trade. Brassard is also ineligible to be traded to the Golden Knights until after Feb. 23 because the Golden Knights have 40 percent of Brassard's salary on their books. When a team retains a player's salary, the player (if still under the same contract) is ineligible to be traded to that team for a full calendar year following the trade. • 3:10 p.m.: The Avalanche are reportedly shopping 23-year-old defenseman Nikita Zadorov. • 3:05 p.m.: Elliotte Friedman also says that he believes a few contenders are interested in Chris Kunitz, and that the Flames "make a lot of sense". • 3:00 p.m.: Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Capitals "have asked for a couple of mid-to-high round draft picks" in exchange for Andre Burakovsky.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019
• 11:00 p.m.: The Blackhawks acquired the rights to 23-year-old forward prospect Dominik Kubalík from the Kings in exchange for the 2019 fifth round pick that originally belonged to the Coyotes. Kubalík has bounced around Europe since being drafted in the seventh round in 2013, from his native Czech Republic to now Switzerland. He is not under an NHL contract, and turned down an offer from the Kings in 2013. • 12:05 p.m.: Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson spoke on the team's philosophy for this trade deadline under interim general manager Keith Gretzky: “We’re not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix," said Nicholson. "We’ll make some trades at the deadline if they are the right trades to get us in the playoffs but not giving away the future...I emphasize again, we’re not going to give away the future.”
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2019
• 5:10 p.m.: TSN's Pierre Lebrun spoke more on the Micheal Ferland-Penguins talk on an episode of Insider Trading: "Yes, throw in the Pittsburgh Penguins. And why not? We know that Jim Rutherford, the GM of the Penguins, is always very active at this time of year and our understanding is that the Penguins have inquired about Micheal Ferland," LeBrun said. "Boy, you might look very good playing on Sidney Crosby’s wing and of course they're not the only team." "Now here’s something interesting about the Pittsburgh Penguins," Lebrun continued. "They’re always right near the cap. If they were to go further in these talks with Carolina, somebody else would have to move. What if it’s Derick Brassard? A player we’ve talked about also being on the trade market. It would help the math work. Carolina now would want a first-round pick in there. Brassard is a UFA, would Carolina then turn around and flip him closer to the trade deadline? There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of conjecture here, but some interesting conversations being had right now." • 2:00 a.m.: The Oilers have fired general manager Peter Chiarelli. In hindsight, perhaps giving 30-year-old Mikko Koskinen a three-year extension with a $4.5 million average annual value and a limited no-trade clause wasn't his greatest move.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2019
• 7:45 p.m.: Darren Dreger spoke about the teams interested in Carolina's Micheal Ferland:
Dreger: "I'll tell you this: I think Jim Benning and the Vancouver #Canucks would love to get their hands on Micheal Ferland, either through trade or as a free agent because of what he brings. He can be a top-six player, and he is as tough as nails." #Canes
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) January 22, 2019
Dreger: "From a trade perspective, there's a strong market for that guy. If he gets to unrestricted free agency, there'll be 15 or more teams that'll try and sign him."
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) January 22, 2019
• 3:15 p.m.: Okay, so maybe Cam Talbot isn't open to a trade to any team to get out of Edmonton.
Also told Oilers recently offered up Cam Talbot to a non-playoff team in the East, a club they’ve spoken to before about him, as part of larger deal, but seems as though they remain a team he won’t accept move to (he has 10-team no-trade list, willing to lessen it).
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) January 22, 2019
• 3:10 p.m.: The Coyotes, Canucks, Avalanche, and Stars are teams reportedly interested in the Capitals' Andre Burakovsky, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, but those four are just "scratching the surface." The Capitals' asking price will be high, though.
MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2019
• 11:00 p.m.: The Golden Knights acquired a fifth round pick in the 2019 Draft from the Wild in exchange for defenseman Brad Hunt and a sixth round pick in the 2019 Draft. Hunt, 30, has two goals, five assists, and a plus-3 rating in 13 games with Vegas this season. • 8:20 p.m.: If the Leafs make any moves, don't expect Kasperi Kapanen and 2018 top pick Rasmus Sandin to be involved. The Leafs' 2019 first-round pick and prospects could be in play, though.
....could be part of a package. Names mentioned as possible targets were Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Muzzin(a LH shot if the prices for RH's are too steep) and Radko Gudas. #Leafs
— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) January 20, 2019
• 7:35 p.m.: The Oilers re-signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a three-year deal worth $4.5 million a year, which means goaltender Cam Talbot is likely on the move.
My understanding is the Oilers spoke to Talbot about the Koskinen extension a couple of days ago. Didn’t want him blindsided. I suspect Talbot will be willing to accept a trade anywhere at this stage.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 21, 2019
• 1:25 p.m.: Coyotes general manager John Chayka told The Arizona Republic that he may not wait for the deadline to make some moves. The Arizona Republic names Richard Panik, Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Weal and Jordan Oesterle as players who could be involved in trade talks. Goligoski would need to waive a no-movement clause. • 1:20 p.m.: The Blackhawks are making forwards Marcus Kruger, Chris Kunitz and Andreas Martinsen available at the deadline, Scott Powers reports. Kruger has a seven-team no-trade list. Kunitz has a no-movement clause, although he would likely waive it to move to a team that would play him regularly. Martinsen is in the AHL.
SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2019
• 8:15 p.m.: High numbers of pro scouts at games are common this time of year, but Sean Shapiro reports that there is something behind the Capitals' and Stars' scouts at the other team's games right now:
Stars and Capitals have been scouting each other heavily lately. Including Stars head pro scout in Washington this evening. The Caps Burakovsky is on the Stars list as they look at trade options and continue to assess where team is at.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 19, 2019
• 7:25 p.m.: David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period in Toronto says the Islanders are going to be buyers this deadline, and that their first-round pick is on the table. He says the Islanders are open to both rental players and players with term left on their contracts. • 6:05 p.m.: Wayne Simmonds is likely to be dealt by the Flyers before the deadline. General manager Chuck Fletcher said that the team won't allow Simmonds to reach free agency this summer without getting something in return for him, and that "the goal would be to either have him signed or moved by the trade deadline.”
SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2019
• 11:00 p.m.: Are the Sharks interested in Derick Brassard? Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Sharks are searching for a center and that they have "checked in" with the Penguins regarding Brassard. Brassard is an unrestricted free agent after this season, but Sharks general manager Doug Wilson previously told The Mercury News that he is open to pursuing rental players.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2019
• 12:00 a.m.: What happens with Matt Duchene and Mark Stone in Ottawa? Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie were on TSN speaking on the future of the two Senators. Both are unrestricted free agents who could be moved in the coming weeks if they don't agree to an extension with the Senators. McKenzie also reports that the Senators are receiving calls on Cody Ceci.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
• 3:00 p.m.: The Hurricanes acquired 26-year-old forward Nino Niederreiter from the Wild in exchange for forward Victor Rask. Niederreiter scored 23 points nine goals and 14 assists in 46 games with the Wild this season. Rask had one goal and five assists in 26 games with the Hurricanes. "We're excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer and veteran presence in Nino Niederreiter," said Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell. "We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his efforts on the ice and in the community during his time in Raleigh."
Thank you @thelnino22.
For always being an amazing ambassador in the #StateOfHockey community. For making #mnwild fans jump for joy. For being a generous hockey player who always thought about the fans first. pic.twitter.com/7ML3D74lKW — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 17, 2019
• 1:10 a.m.: The Penguins have acquired forward Joseph Blandisi from the Ducks in exchange for forward Derek Grant. Bradford has all the news on that trade here, and I have a scouting report on Blandisi here. • 12:42 a.m.: The Canucks acquired 29-year-old defenseman Luke Schenn and a 7th round pick in the 2020 draft from the Ducks in exchange for 28-year-old defenseman Michael Del Zotto. The Canucks will retain 25 percent of Del Zotto's salary. Schenn had been splitting the season between Anaheim and San Diego of the AHL, and will report directly to the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Utica. Del Zotto had recorded one goal, three assists and was a plus-3 in 23 games for the Canucks.
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