Canucks leaving it late with Hamhuis. Less than 10 minutes to get a deal done.
Hard to imagine the Canucks can't get at least a draft pick for Radim Vrbata. Although his playoff numbers have been pretty poor.
It's 3 p.m.! The NHL trade window is officially closed with just six deals confirmed. While the deadline has passed, more trades could still be announced as details are finalized.
Adam Cracknell, who was claimed on waivers by Edmonton earlier today, appears to be the only Canucks player to be on the way. Surprising considering all the talk surrounding Hamhuis and Vrbata.
Appears Bryan Murray did make one move today. Senators have sent Shane Prince and a seventh-round pick to the New York Islanders for a third-round selection in the upcoming draft. Prince, a native of Rochester, was in and out of the lineup and never seemed to meet expectations.
Looks like Hamhuis and Vrbata are staying put with the Canucks as deadline passes. Both set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. For the club to get nothing for them is a huge missed opportunity.
Kris Russell departs the Flames having blocked 658 shots in his 198 games in Calgary. That included setting an NHL record with 283 last season.
Bryan Murray expected to meet media at 3:45 p.m. EST
Shane Prince says he learned of the deal from Senators assistant GM Randy Lee. Hasn't had a chance to talk to anyone from the Islanders just yet. Looking forward to a new opportunity.
The package coming to Calgary for Russell includes Finnish defenceman Jyrki Jokipakka, 24, who is in his sophomore season with the Stars. The 6-3, 215 pounder has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 40 games this season. Last year he had 10 assists in 50 games as a rookie. The Flames also pick up centre Brett Pollock, who was the Stars second round pick, 45th overall, in 2014. Pollock, 19, is in his fourth season with Edmonton (WHL). In 63 games, he has 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists). The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds.
The final piece headed to Calgary is a conditional 2016 second round draft pick. The condition is if the Stars reach the Western Conference finals and Russell plays 50 percent of the games in the first two rounds, that pick becomes a first round pick.
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Stefan Matteau from New Jersey for Devante Smith-Pelly. No surprise Smith-P traded after Canadiens acquired Phillip Danault this week.
Canucks general manager Jim Benning will address the media after we get a chance to talk with the players and coach. Hamhuis didn't practise today and isn't in the building.
Hamhuis will now address the media at Rogers Arena this afternoon.
Devante Smith-Pelly was in tears when he talked to Montreal media after being traded to New Jersey. He said "I really loved playing here. I'll miss it."
Flames GM Brad Treliving expected to address the media within the next 5-10 minutes.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff told reporters the marketplace isn’t one of simple deals, but rather situations that have ripple effects on future contracts and rosters.
He noted keeping salary-cap space for pending restricted free agents such as centre Mark Scheifele and defenceman Jacob Trouba is important.
And he again stressed his draft-and-develop approach as a way to build a Stanley Cup contender.
“You don’t do it through free agency, you don’t do it through trade-deadline acquisitions when you’re in a situation like we are in right now,” Cheveldayoff said.
“There really is only several ways to do it, and the tried-and-true method is through the draft.”
Tough winger Mike Brown, claimed off waivers by Montreal from San Jose, said he expected something to happen because he hadn't been playing much lately and was placed on waivers. He had only to switch dressing rooms as the Sharks play host to the Canadiens tonight.
Flames GM Brad Treliving says the team has one more deal that is being finished off. Seems there's a bit of a backlog at the NHL head office. Any call-ups from Calgary's AHL affiliate in Stockton will hinge on this final trade going through.
Bryan Murray says he spoke to Tampa GM Steve Yzerman a couple times today regarding Jonathan Drouin, but said Yzerman was looking for someone who could help them immediately and in the future. The Senators also spoke to Dale Talon about Brandon Pirri, but by the time they got back to Talon Pirri had been moved.
Brad Treliving on Kris Russell. "Nobody laid it on the line as much as Kris Russell did for us. This is a special guy. Dallas is getting a real warrior and we want to thank him for everything he did for us.
For those that watched him, you know he lived and breathed the Calgary Flames. He bled the Flames red and we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for everything that he did for us here in Calgary."
Oilers announced they've acquired Patrick Maroon from Anaheim for prospect Martin Gernat and 4th round pick in upcoming draft
Canucks GM Jim Benning on not being able to move Hamhuis or Vrbata: "It wasn't from a lack of trying. The market this year, there wasn't a lot of buyers in the marketplace. The teams that were buying weren't really paying a lot to get those players."
"I would think that would be a fair comment to make," Benning on if Dallas chose Chris Russell over Dan Hamhuis.
Flames announce they've have acquired goaltender Nicklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward David Jones.
That ends our coverage of the 2016 NHL trade deadline. It was a relatively quiet day without a blockbuster deal, but Canada's teams were active as they build for the future. See you next year!