The clock is ticking for NHL general managers to bolster their lineups for a post-season run. Today is the NHL trade deadline with teams having until 3 pm Eastern to make transactions. The Maple Leafs and Oilers were busy over the weekend with both teams making multiple trades. Last night Toronto sent forward Daniel Winnik to Washington for a package, including a 2016 second-round draft pick.
The Montreal Canadiens made the deal that was expected on Friday when they sent Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round draft pick.
Whether Montreal makes another move on deadline day is up in the air. They almost certainly would have moved Tom Gilbert, but the veteran defenceman is out for the rest of the season with an injury. Weise, Fleischmann and Gilbert are all due to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is with the team in San Jose, where they play tonight. He is to speak to the media there at 5 p.m. ET.
The Leafs traded their sixth player this month late last night, dealing Daniel Winnik to Washington. Others to move as Toronto collects draft picks: Dion Phaneuf, Shawn Matthias, Roman Polak, Nick Spaling, and James Reimer. The Leafs host the Lightning tonight.
Oilers haven't ruled out a deal today but took care of a lot business Saturday, moving D Justin Schultz, FW Teddy Purcell and G Anders Nilsson for draft picks.
Oilers in familiar territory, selling at deadline, trading assets for draft picks. On track to miss playoffs for 10th consecutive season, tying FLA Panthers' record.
Connor McDavid is still an Oilers untouchable but GM Peter Chiarelli said he's willing to move rebuild with a cornerstone player, previously considered untouchable, like Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle. Chiarelli told media Saturday "Anything's possible."
In the five seasons since the Jets landed back Winnipeg in 2011, the franchise has only made one trade on deadline day.
On Feb. 27, 2012, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff dealt pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Johnny Oduya to Chicago for a second- and third-round pick in the 2013 draft.
The Jets also plucked defenceman Grant Clitsome off waivers on the same day.
The Ottawa Senators are set to take the ice at Canadian Tire Centre at 10:30 for practice today. With the acquisition of Dion Phaneuf and signing Chris Neil to a one-year extension things are expected to be quiet in Ottawa. GM Bryan Murray still interested in a top-six forward, but the price will need to be right. Senators could look to try and move D Patrick Wiercioch and winger Shane Prince as both have struggled to stay in the lineup on a regular basis. Other name in play is Alex Chiasson.
Oilers now have 10 draft picks stocked up for June draft. GM Peter Chiarelli says they may not all stay, might do trade like last year, fourth rounder for D Eric Gryba.
Good morning from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary where the team is on the road in Philadelphia but GM Brad Treliving and his Hockey Operations team are here, hard at work. The big fish up for grabs for the Flames, who are sellers, is pending unrestricted free agent Kris Russell. The native of Caroline, Alberta is viewed as one of the most notable rental defencemen on the market. Spotted minutes ago was President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and I know you're wondering, he's got a red tie on today but no, it's not tied up.
The Leafs continue to shuffle players between the NHL and AHL. Sent Brendan Leipsic, Mark Arcobello, and Rich Clune to the Marlies this morning while recalling Colin Greening. Could see more call-ups later today.
Oilers hunting for an elite D man to fix a blueline corps that has been the team's Achilles heel for years.
Oilers have been hit hard by injuries this season to core players like Connor McDavid. On the plus side, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skated with team Sunday and both RNH and Oscar Klefbom expected back on the roster by mid-March.
The Jets put D Adam Pardy on waivers Sunday.
In 14 games this season, the 31-year-old only has one assist.
He has played in three games since veteran blue-liner Mark Stuart broke his hand in a Feb. 13 game against Edmonton.
Leafs recall some of their top prospects: William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and Nikita Soshnikov. Could be in line to make their NHL debuts tonight against Tampa. Group is due to skate at 10:30 this morning.
Nylander has been eyeing his NHL debut all season. He hasn't been shy to talk about it either. "My only goal is to play in the NHL this year," he told me earlier this month.
In Philadelphia, where Calgary begins a four-game road trip tonight against the Flyers, the Flames will hit the ice for morning skate at 11:30 am ET. One question is who all will be in the group that hits the ice. The Flames roster is officially sitting at just 21 players. With Kris Russell on the trade block, GM Brad Treliving said on the weekend that a recall or recalls would be happening. Two candidates are D Brett Kulak, who opened the season with the Flames and RW Garnet Hathaway. Both were scratches last night for Stockton, who is the Flames AHL affiliate.
Bryan Murray has just confirmed that Kyle Turris has been shut down for the season due to a high ankle sprain. Turris had clearly been playing through pain but was struggling.
Today is the second trade deadline for Brad Treliving as the Flames GM. Last year, it was his trade of Curtis Glencross to Washington for a second and third round draft pick that set the table for his big splash on the opening day of the 2015 NHL Draft when he sent three picks to Boston to acquire defenceman Dougie Hamilton. After a tough October as Hamilton learned Calgary's defensive system under coach Bob Hartley, the 6-foot-6 blueliner settled in nicely and since, he's been a solid part of the Flames second defence pairing. Hamilton looks poised to be one of the cornerstone pieces for Calgary going forward as the Flames progress their rebuild.
A source tells AP's Stephen Whyno that the Arizona Coyotes have acquired winger Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017. Signed out of the K-H-L last off-season, the 25-year-old Plotnikov has just two assists in 32 games. He is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.
Here's a quick look at all the deals from a busy weekend:
Washington Capitals trade F Brooks Laich, D Connor
Carrick, 2016 2nd-round pick to Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Daniel
Winnik, 2016 5th-round pick (previously acquired from Anaheim)
Carolina Hurricanes trade F Kris Versteeg to Los Angeles
Kings in exchange for F Valentin Zykov, conditional 2016 5th-round pick
New York Rangers trade F Ryan Bourque to Washington
Capitals in exchange for F Chris Brown
Carolina Hurricanes trade F Eric Staal to New York
Rangers in exchange for F Aleksi Saarela, 2016 2nd-round pick, 2017 2nd-round
Buffalo Sabres trade F Jason Akeson, F Philip Varone, D
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, conditional 2016 7th-round pick to Ottawa Senators in
exchange for D Michael Sdao, F Eric O'Dell, F Cole Schneider, F Alex Guptill
Edmonton Oilers trade F Teddy Purcell to Florida Panthers
in exchange for 2016 3rd-round pick
Edmonton Oilers trade D Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh
Penguins in exchange for 2016 3rd-round pick
Calgary Flames trade F Jiri Hudler to Florida Panthers in
exchange for future 2nd-, 4th-round picks
Detroit Red Wings trade D Jakub Kindl to Florida Panthers
in exchange for 2017 6th-round pick
Toronto Maple Leafs trade G James Reimer, F Jeremy Morin
to San Jose Sharks in exchange for G Alex Stalock, F Ben Smith, 2018
conditional 4th-round pick
Edmonton Oilers trade G Anders Nilsson to St. Louis Blues
in exchange for G Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 5th-round pick
Montreal Canadiens trade Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise to
Chicago Blackhawks for Phillip Danault, 2018 2nd-round pick
Chicago Blackhawks trade Rob Scuderi to Los
Angeles Kings for Christian Ehrhoff
Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary were all busy over the weekend as they look to the future.
The Leafs sent goaltender James Reimer, defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks and Shawn Matthias to the Colorado Avalanche. Forward Daniel Winnik was dealt along with a draft pick to Washington late last night for a 2016 second-round pick, defenceman Connor Carrick and forward Brooks Laich. Pending free agents Michael Grabner, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Brad Boyes are still available.
The Oilers were also busy over the weekend, trading defenceman Justin Schultz (Penguins), forward Teddy Purcell (Panthers) and goaltender Anders Nilsson (Blues) in separate deals.
Calgary also sent veteran forward Jiri Hudler to the Panthers.
With Turris now done for the season the Senators appear to be going with Mika Zibanejad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Curtis Lazar and Nick Paul at centre. Paul had been playing on the wing of late, but is a natural centre.
Should be noted that all are accounted for at Senators practice. Clarke MacArthur had a chat with coach Dave Cameron. MacArthur is hoping to return from a concussion and is expected to undergo final testing this week to determine whether or not he is cleared for play.
La Presse report quoting agent, says the Canadiens are NOT looking to trade centre Lars Eller today. There had been rumours about Eller, who has two years left on a contract that pays US$3.5 million per year.
Flames defenceman and pending UFA Kris Russell, who could get traded today, flew out with the team on Sunday and is in Philadelphia today. When asked about Russell on the weekend, Calgary GM Brad Treliving said, "I don't know if I can say any more good things. I think the world of this kid. Really good player, you win hockey games with guys like Kris Russell. But it's also a business." Russell, 28, is on the second year of a two-year/$5.2 million deal. The belief is Calgary won't be able to afford to re-sign him. Starting next season, the Flames have over $17 million committed to defencemen Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and TJ Brodie, who all have long-term deals. Then there's Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid and Deryk Engelland that have over $11 million owed to them in 2016-17.
Mike Babcock says William Nylander, Nikita Soshnikov, Kasperi Kapanen, Zach Hyman will all make their NHL debuts tonight. Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and Ben Smith expected to make Leafs debuts.
Last season on their way to the team’s first playoff appearance (99 points) since moving to Winnipeg, the Jets made five trades. The biggest was Feb. 11 when Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian were sent to Buffalo for three players currently on the roster; Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers and Joel Armia..
This season, the Jets have 56 points (26-31-4) and are second last in the Western Conference.
The only trade they’ve made this season was sending captain Andrew Ladd to Chicago last week for Marko Dano and some picks.
The Vancouver Canucks (24-25-12) currently sit eight points out of the playoffs in the Western Conference and are expected to be sellers before the trade deadline. Vancouver returned to the post-season in 2014-15 in Willie Desjardins' first year as head coach, finishing with 101 points, before losing out to the Calgary Flames in the opening round.
The Flames have taken to the ice in Philadelphia for their morning skate. Kris Russell is among them. He has missed the last seven games with a lower body injury. He has been practicing with the team the last few days and on Saturday coach Bob Hartley said he's close to ready. The question is when he is declared ready, what team will the pending UFA be suiting up for?