No trades from Oilers yet today but busy nonetheless. Sign G Laurent Broissoit to 2 year contract extension and re-up D Brandon Davidson for two more years.
The Canucks are scheduled to practice at 12:30 p.m. PST at Rogers Arena, 30 minutes after the trade deadline. The original practice time was set for 11 a.m.
For lack of trades, goalie Carey Price is trending No. 1 on Twitter in Montreal after skating in full equipment this morning for at least the third time, but the first time in front of TV cameras. Price is testing lateral movement. Still no word on whether he will play before the end of the season. He's been out since Nov. 25 with a "lower body" injury. Perhaps GM Marc Bergevin will shed some light when he meets the media this afternoon in San Jose.
Oilers G Laurent Broissoit has been a star at Bakersfield in AHL. GM Peter Chiarelli says he's ready for bigs, allowing team to trade backup G Anders Nilsson to St. Louis on Saturday for minor league G Niklas Lundstrom and fifth round pick.
Oilers D Brandon Davidson has emerged as one of steadiest performers on ragtag blueline corps this season, pretty good for sixth round pick in 2010.
Kyle Turris said desire was always there to stay and help team, but injury got to the point where he just felt he couldn't contribute at the level he wanted. Not sure how long he will be sidelined and very disappointed to not be able to help, but has full confidence in team to succeed.
Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis and forward Radim Vrbata are the most likely members of the Vancouver organization to be moved today. Both veterans are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Also thought to be available are defencemen Matt Bartkowski and Yannick Weber, as well as forwards Linden Vey, Adam Cracknell, Brandon Prust, Chris Higgins and Ronalds Kenins. Prust, Higgins and Kenins are currently playing in the American Hockey League with the Utica Comets. Prust and Higgins were demoted to the minors in the new year after Vancouver elected to go with a younger lineup.
Brandon Prust, who turns 32 next month, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, while the 32-year-old Chris Higgins has one more season left on a four-year, US$10-million contract.
Dave Cameron says losing Turris will be tough for team and player, but performance wise feels it's the right thing to do. Says Turris realized he just wasn't able to play and contribute at a level that he's content with. Opportunity is now there for others to take advantage of some additional ice time.
Dan Hamhuis signed a six-year, US$27-million deal with Vancouver on July 1, 2010, after six seasons with the Nashville Predators. The 33-year-old has a no-movement clause in his contract, meaning that he would have to agree to a trade.
He suffered a devastating injury in December after taking a slapshot to the mouth in a game. His jaw was wired shut until early January after surgery to repair multiple fractures, but he returned to action on Feb. 6. The Smithers, B.C., native has six assists in 37 games this season.
Hamhuis won gold for Canada at the 2014 Olympics. In 851 career games with Nashville and Vancouver, the No. 12 pick at the 2001 draft has 52 goals, 244 assists and 551 penalty minutes.
The Edmonton Oilers have claimed Adam Cracknell off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver media sad to see Cracknell go. Edmonton scribes getting a good, honest, thoughtful quote.
The Canadiens, who are in San Jose, claimed Sharks right winger Mike Brown off waivers. This could be linked to a deal to come later. Brown is a tough winger who has one goal and two assists in 44 games this year.
Jets practice is underway for tomorrow's home game against Florida.
Forward Mathieu Perreault isn't on the ice. Might be related to his wife being pregnant and close to delivery date.
In Philadelphia, when asked by the media about about Kris Russell's health, Flames coach Bob Hartley says, "He's ready." He has missed the last seven games with a lower body injury. Expect Russell to be in Calgary's line-up if he is not traded. However, that's a big 'if'. Russell and Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis are viewed as the top two rental defenceman available today. Both are on expiring contracts and set to become unrestricted free agents.
Radim Vrbata signed a two-year, US$10-million contract with Vancouver in the summer of 2014. The 34-year-old played with Henrik and Daniel Sedin for much of that campaign, scoring 31 goals and adding 32 assists in 79 games. A seventh round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 1999, Vrbata was bumped from the Canucks' No. 1 line this season and has just 12 goals and 12 assists in 57 games. He snapped a 14-game goal drought last weekend, but he's missed the last two outings with a lower-body injury that isn't considered serious. The Czech winger has 258 goals and 293 assists in 928 career games with six NHL teams.
Babcock on young Leafs: "I want to know who's a real player," Babcock said. "Just because you did it in the American League doesn't mean you're going to do it here. I want to know who's got upside and who's got hockey sense and who's got determination and who lives right, who's going to be a Maple Leaf for a period of time and who's not."
The Leafs could have as many as 10 players in the lineup tonight who weren't with the team on opening night.
Fresh off the ice at morning skate in Philadelphia and wearing a Flames cap, Calgary defenceman Kris Russell met briefly with reporters. "I’m just in the mindset that until I hear any different, I’m a Calgary Flame," he said. "I'm just going to get ready to play tonight."
F Matt Halischuk and D Grant Clitsome (injured) are the Jets' only pending unrestricted free agents now that D Adam Pardy was claimed off waivers by Edmonton today.
Despite losing Turris, Ottawa not expected to make any significant moves today. Should Clarke MacArthur pass his final baseline test he could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday which would be a huge addition for the Senators. MacArthur hasn't played since Oct. 14 due to a concussion.
Calm before the storm? GMs have just two more hours to complete trades. Only one deal confirmed so far today - Arizona Coyotes acquired winger Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017. Tick, tick, tick..
Since Murray took over as Senators general manager most of his moves have been made in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Biggest moves on trade day include trading G Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay for Cory Conacher and a pick in 2013 and trading Antoine Vermette to Columbus for G Pascal Leclaire and 2nd round pick in 2009.
Canucks say that even if Dan Hamhuis isn't traded today, he won't practice with the team at 12:30 local time.
Absence of Jets forward Mathieu Perreault at today's practice has nothing to do with trade deadline day.
Head coach Paul Maurice said Perreault is with his pregnant wife.
“We’re hopeful for another addition to the Jet family today. Matty is coaching today," he said with a smile.
While most of the talk with Calgary is regarding Kris Russell, other pending unrestricted free agents on the Flames that could be moved include right winger David Jones (59 games, 9-6-15) and goaltender Jonas Hiller (9-8-1, 3.29 GAA, .886 SV%). Karri Ramo, who took over in net as Calgary's No. 1 in November and had been playing very well, was also in that rental group but he suffered a season-ending knee injury on February 11.
Coyotes confirm they have sent forward Mikkel Boedker to Colorado for forwards Alex Tanguay and Conner Bleackley and defenceman Kyle Wood.
from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Mikkel Boedker.
If Dan Hamhuis isn't traded today, expect lots of fans in Vancouver to be seething. Hamhuis has a no-trade clause and would have to OK any deal.
Team president Brendan Shanahan among those milling about the ACC this afternoon. Leafs have to yet to make a move on deadline day, though were the NHL's most active trader this month. Toronto sent Daniel Winnik to Washington late last night.
Avs continue to deal, acquiring defenceman Eric Gelinas from Devils for third-round pick in 2017.
NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Eric Gelinas.
One hour remaining and all is quiet in Ottawa. Bryan Murray expected to address media shortly after 3 p.m. No big surprise that Murray has been quiet. Made his big move when he acquired Dion Phaneuf from Toronto a few weeks back. Move made immediate impact and will solidify Ottawa's top four D for next few years.
Reports are that Kris Russell has been traded by Calgary to the Dallas Stars for two players and a draft pick. Acquired by the Flames would be Finnish defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka (40 gm, 2-4-6), who is in his second NHL season, and centre Brett Pollock, the Stars second round pick in 2014, who was playing for Edmonton in the WHL (63 gm, 25-42-67). Calgary also picks up a conditional second round pick in 2016. The condition being, if the Stars reach the conference finals and Russell plays 50% of the games in the first two rounds, the pick becomes a first round pick.