The 2022-23 NHL season is coming down the home stretch, and it was marked by the trade deadline on Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
The league saw some big names moved a week prior the deadline with Vladimir Tarasenko landing with the New York Rangers, Bo Horvat heading to the New York Islanders and Ryan O'Reilly being sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But many, many other players were dealt throughout this week as Friday's deadline approached. Below is a recap of the moves that were made.
March 3: Wild land John Klingberg
The Minnesota Wild have acquired defenseman John Klingberg from the Anaheim Ducks, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. The return is not yet known.
- Klingberg signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Ducks this past offseason, so he's set to become an unrestricted free agent again this summer
Klingberg, 30, has registered eight goals and 16 assists in 50 games with the Ducks throughout the 2022-23 season. The veteran defenseman had spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Dallas Stars, but never was able to come to terms on a long-term contract extension with the franchise. The 2010 fifth-round pick has scored 79 goals and dished out 319 assists in 602 career games.
March 3: Sabres pick up Jordan Greenway in trade with Wild
On Friday, the Buffalo Sabres acquire Greenway from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
Welcome to Buffalo, Jordan!#LetsGoBuffalo— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 3, 2023
- The Sabres sent a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Wild in the deal.
- No salary was retained by the Wild in the trade.
A change of scenery could be just what the doctored ordered for Greenway. Greenway, 26, had just two goals and five assists in 45 games with the Wild this season. The 2015 second-round pick has scored 38 goals over the past five seasons, so perhaps the Sabres obviously still believe in the potential that Greenway has. Greenway's most productive season came in 2020-21 when he tallied six goals and 26 assists in 56 games.
March 3: Penguins bring back Nick Bonino
The Pittsburgh Penguins are brining backing a familiar face. On Friday, the Penguins acquired forward Nick Bonino in a three-team trade with the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens.
The deal is as follows:
- The Penguins receive Nick Bonino
- The Sharks receive defenseman Arvid Henriksson, a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick, and a 2023 seventh-round pick from the Penguins
- The Canadiens receive defenseman Tony Sund and a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Sharks
Bonino, 34, is a rental as he's slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer with a cap hit of $2.05 million. As part of the deal, the Canadiens are taking on 50 percent of Bonino's salary.
BONINO! BONINO! BONINO IS BACK!— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 3, 2023
The Penguins have acquired forward @NickBonino in a three-team trade involving the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens.
Full details: https://t.co/eP2LTGiG3x pic.twitter.com/EYCyITEg1w
Bonino won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017 and registered 27 goals and 39 assists in 143 regular-season games during that time. The veteran forward also registered 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 45 postseason games, including scoring the series-clinching goal against the Washington Capitals in the Second Round of the 2016 postseason.
The former Penguin has recorded 10 goals and nine assists in 59 games with the Sharks this season.
March 3: Penguins add Dmitry Kulikov in trade with Ducks
For the second consecutive trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly struck a deal with the Anaheim Ducks. According to Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Ducks in exchange for forward Brock McGinn and a third-round pick.
- The biggest takeaway is that the Ducks are taking on McGinn's $2.75 million cap hit over the next two seasons.
- However, the Penguins absorbed Mikael Granlund's $5.0 million cap hit and Granlund is signed through the 2024-25 season.
Kulikov, 32, has tallied three goals and 12 assists in 61 games this season. The veteran defenseman will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season and will most likely be paired with Jan Rutta on Pittsburgh's third defensive duo.
March 3: Sharks reportedly ship Vladislav Namestnikov to Jets
Vladislav Namestnikov is rivaling Jonathan Quick for the title of the most travelled man in the NHL this week. On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets acquired center Vladislav Namestnikov from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2025 fourth-round pick.
The #SJSharks have traded Vladislav Namestnikov to Winnipeg for a 2025 fourth-round selection.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 3, 2023
- On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Namestnikov to the Sharks in exchange for forward Mikey Eyssimont
- The Jets will be Namestnikov's eighth NHL team in his 10-year NHL career. Namestnikov was also moved at the 2022 trade deadline when the Detroit Red Wings traded him to the Stars in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick.
Namestnikov, 30, has registered six goals and nine assists in 57 games with the Lightning this season. Throughout his career, Namestnikov has tallied 113 goals and 138 assists with six double-digit goal campaigns.
March 3: Flyers move Zack MacEwen to Kings
The Philadelphia Flyers made their first in what could be a flurry of moves on deadline day. On Friday, the Flyers traded forward Zack MacEwen to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2024 fifth-round pick.
We've acquired forward Zack MacEwen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2024 fifth-round pick.#GoKingsGo— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 3, 2023
- MacEwen was just activated off of injured reserve on Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured jaw
- MacEwen is slated to become a restricted free agent this summer and has a $925,000 cap hit.
MacEwen, 26, has racked up four goals and five assists in 46 games with the Flyers throughout the 2022-23 season. Meanwhile, Lemieux, 26, had registered three assists in 27 games this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
March 3: Devils acquire Curtis Lazar from Canucks
On Friday, the New Jersey Devils acquired center Curtis Lazar from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick.
#BREAKING: We have acquired @CurtisLazar95 from the @Canucks in exchange for our 2024 4th round pick. pic.twitter.com/Db2Rgnrc7G— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) March 3, 2023
- Lazar is currently in the first year of a three-year contract that runs through the 2024-25 season.
- The 28-year old forward has registered three points and two assists in 45 games with the Canucks this season.
Lazar gives the Devils some depth up the middle behind the likes of Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Erik Haula.
March 3: Red Wings trade Jakub Vrana to Blues
The St. Louis Blues have added a veteran to their forward group. On Friday, the Blues acquired winger Jakub Vrana from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Dylan McLaughlin and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
TRADE ALERT: The Blues have acquired Jakub Vrana from the Detroit Red Wings. #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 3, 2023
DETAILS >>> https://t.co/uNH9NKStzM pic.twitter.com/WsCxhXQbN6
- It isn't a rental, as Vrana is signed through the 2023-24 season and carries an annual cap hit of $5.25 million.
- Vrana has spent the past three seasons with the Red Wings after beginning his career with the Washington Capitals.
Vrana, 27, has tallied 32 points (22 goals, 10 assists) in 42 regular-season games with the Red Wings over the past three seasons. He likely will fit in on the Blues' third line and should give the team some nice depth among their bottom-six forwards for a relatively low price tag.
March 2: Stars acquire Max Domi in trade with Blackhawks
The fire sale in Chicago continues. The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Max Domi and goaltender Dylan Wells to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin and a 2025 second-round pick.
- Khudobin will report to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
- The Stars had just over $500,000 in cap space, so Khudobin was included in the deal to make the money work as he has a $2.2 million cap hit. Khudobin was playing for the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, and had a 2.89 goals-against-average in 24 games this season.
- The Blackhawks now have 14 picks in the first two rounds of the next three NHL Drafts, including six first-round picks.
Domi, 28, has played well as the Blackhawks' first-line center throughout the 2022-23 season. The veteran forward has recorded 18 goals and 31 assists in 60 games with Chicago this season. He could be a nice addition to the Stars' 12th-ranked power-play since he proved to be a key asset on the Blackhawks' top power-play unit with eight power-play goals and 10 power-play assists. Domi is a rental since he's slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
March 2: Oilers add Nick Bjugstad in trade with Coyotes
The Edmonton Oilers continue to surround Connor McDavid and company with talent. On Thursday, the Oilers acquired center Nick Bjugstad and prospect Cam Dineen from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick and prospect Michael Kesselring.
🔁 TRADE 🔁— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 2, 2023
The #Oilers have acquired forward Nick Bjugstad & defenceman Cam Dineen from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenceman Michael Kesselring & a 2023 third-round pick. In addition, Arizona will retain 50% of Bjugstad's salary.#LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/FM53fWlAUb
- The Coyotes will retain 50 percent of Bjugstad's $900,000 salary. Bjugstad will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
- On Tuesday, the Oilers acquired veteran defenseman Mattias Ekholm and a 2024 sixth-round pick from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick, defenseman Tyson Barrie and prospect Reid Schaefer.
Bjugstad has tallied 13 goals and 10 assists in 59 games for the Coyotes this season. The 30-year-old will likely slot in as the Oilers' third-line center and gives Edmonton some much-needed depth up the middle behind McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
March 2: Blue Jackets flip Jonathan Quick to Golden Knights
For the second time this week, Jonathan Quick is on the move. On Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded the veteran goaltender to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
WELL WELL WELL…— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 2, 2023
We have acquired Jonathan Quick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Michael Hutchinson and a 2025 seventh-round pick!#VegasBorn | #TheGoldenAge pic.twitter.com/ew53N5rvsr
- The Blue Jackets had acquired Quick on Tuesday along with a 2023 first-round pick and a 2023 third-round pick from the Kings in exchange for defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
- At the time of the initial trade to Columbus, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli reported that Quick was "unhappy" about being dealt.
During the 2022-23 season, Quick has a 11-13-4 record, a 3.50 goals-against-average, and a .876 save percentage in 31 games with Los Angeles. Now Quick, 37, will join a Kings team that is in need of some goaltending depth after starter Logan Thompson was placed on injured reserve last month with a lower-body injury. Prior to Wednesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy revealed that Thompson is "nowhere near being on the ice."
March 2: Bruins improve forward group with acquisition of Tyler Bertuzzi from Red Wings
The rich get richer. On Thursday, the Boston Bruins acquired winger Tyler Bertuzzi from the Detroit Red Wings in a trade that makes the team's forward group even stronger for a Stanley Cup run. As a part of the deal, the Red Wings will retain 50 percent of Bertuzzi's salary.
In exchange for Bertuzzi's services, the Red Wings received:
- 2024 first-round pick (protected)
- 2025 fourth-round pick
Bertuzzi is due to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and was in the market for a contract extension from the Red Wings. However, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, talks between both sides broke down in December.
Bertuzzi has tallied just four goals and 10 assists in 29 games this season as he's dealt with two broken hands throughout the 2022-23 campaign. When healthy, the 28-year old is a very talented goal scorer that is coming off a 62-point season in 2021-22. Bertuzzi gives the Bruins another weapon on their second or third line.
March 1: Senators win Jakob Chychrun sweepstakes with modest bid
The Arizona Coyotes have had Jakob Chychrun sitting on the trade block for well over a year now, and they have finally dealt him to the Ottawa Senators in a major deal just two days before the deadline.
In exchange for Chychrun, the Coyotes received:
- 2023 conditional first-round pick
- 2024 conditional second-round pick
- 2026 second-round pick
Chychrun is a legitimate top-pairing defenseman with a very reasonable $4.6 million cap hit, and the Senators just got him for an incredibly modest price. At one point there were talks of the Coyotes wanting multiple first round picks and top-notch prospects in exchange for Chychrun, but the market for defensemen has dried up over the last week.
While this return may be somewhat disappointing for the Coyotes, they now have a glut of draft picks in the next few years. If Arizona plays its cards right, it would ice a very competitive team in a few seasons.
March 1: Red Wings deal defenseman Filip Hronek to Canucks
The Detroit Red Wings have sent 25-year-old defenseman Filip Hronek and a 2023 fourth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2023 conditional first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick.
GM Patrik Allvin announced today that the Canucks have acquired D Filip Hronek and Detroit's 2023 4th rd pick in exchange for the conditional 1st rd draft pick acquired in the Bo Horvat trade with the New York Islanders and Vancouver’s 2nd rd pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/fm1IqhLByB— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) March 1, 2023
Hronek is a strong offensive defenseman, and he is having the best season of his career. Hronek is already tied for his career high in goals, and he is on track to set a new career high in assists too. Hronek should give Vancouver more offensive help from the blue line, but it does limit the team from a salary cap perspective moving forward.
The Red Wings were able to get some quality assets back for Hronek, and it'll be interesting to see what they do with them. Detroit could use the picks to draft more highly-touted prospects, or it could flip them for a player who can help the team in the immediate future.
March 1: Hurricanes land defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from Coyotes
The Carolina Hurricanes have added some more offensive firepower to their blue line. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes acquired defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2026 third-round pick.
The #Canes have acquired Shayne Gostisbehere from Arizona in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft.— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) March 1, 2023
Full Details » https://t.co/cpXTVdG6si pic.twitter.com/iIQIrBtOrj
The 29-year-old is a rental as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Gostisbehere has spent the past two seasons with the Coyotes after the team acquired him from the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2021 offseason. The left-handed shooting defenseman has recorded 10 goals and 21 assists in 52 games as a member of the Coyotes this season.
Gostisbehere adds some necessary offense among Carolina's top four defensemen group. Over the course of his nine-year NHL career, he's tallied 84 career goals, including four double-digit goal campaigns. The Hurricanes were already one of the league's higher-scoring teams with 3.36 goals per game, and now they've added more of an offensive touch on the back end alongside Brent Burns.
March 1: Avalanche acquire center Lars Eller from Capitals
Colorado has been in need of center depth, and Eller will fill that role as the team tries to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. In return, for Eller the Capitals will receive a 2025 second-round pick, the teams announced on Wednesday.
Eller has spent that last seven seasons with the Capitals, and he came up clutch in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. In the decisive Game 5, Eller scored the game-winning goal for Washington with just 7:37 remaining in the third period.
Eller will bring a strong defensive pedigree and playoff experience to an Avalanche team hurting for center depth right now. Colorado lost Nazem Kadri to the Calgary Flames in free agency last summer, and since then the center position has been a bit of a weakness outside of Nathan MacKinnon. Eller will give the Avs a quality depth option there.
March 1: Kings trade Jonathan Quick to Blue Jackets for Vladislav Gavrikov, Joonas Korpisalo
It's the end of an era in Los Angeles. The Kings have traded goalie Jonathan Quick, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2023 third-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and goalie Joonas Korpisalo.
The Blue Jackets have acquired G Jonathan Quick, a conditional first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from the LA Kings in exchange for D Vladislav Gavrikov and G Joonas Korpisalo.@RuoffMortgage | #CBJ https://t.co/iRw1xlOyYE— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 1, 2023
Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli reported that Quick was "unhappy" when he was informed of the trade.
- Quick has spent all 16 of his NHL seasons with the Kings and won two Stanley Cups with the franchise.
- Throughout his career, the 37-year old has tallied a 370-275-82 record, a 2.46 goals-against-average, and a .911 save percentage.
- Quick also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 as the playoff MVP during the Kings' Stanley Cup run.
Clearly, the Kings were attempting to pair a younger goaltender with Pheonix Copley. Korpisalo, 28, has a 11-11-3 record to go along with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in 28 games this season as he's split time with Elvis Merzlikins in Columbus.
In Gavrikov, the Kings beef up their blue line and provides a very necessary left-handed shot on a team full of right-handed shooting defensemen. Both Gavrikov and Korpisalo will be unrestricted free agents this summer.
Feb. 28: Predators trade Mattias Ekholm to Oilers for package of picks, players
The Predators dealt veteran defenseman Mattias Ekholm and a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Oilers in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick, prospect Reid Schaefer and defenseman Tyson Barrie.
🔁 TRADE 🔁— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 28, 2023
The #Oilers have acquired defenceman Mattias Ekholm & a 2024 sixth-round pick from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Tyson Barrie, forward Reid Schaefer, a 2023 first-round pick & a 2024 fourth-round pick.#LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/Z3oOv0s22f
Edmonton was in need of a big defenseman who could play the puck well, and that is exactly what Ekholm brings to the table. The Oilers have had trouble keeping the puck out of their own net this season, but Ekholm will help stop the bleeding. With Ekholm now in the mix, Edmonton looks more like a serious Stanley Cup contender in the Western Conference.
The Predators continue their fire sale by trading Ekholm, and getting the 2023 first-round pick and Schaefer were the real prizes. When he takes over as Nashville's general manager on July 1, Barry Trotz will have a lot of draft capital with which to work.
Feb. 28: Maple Leafs add defenseman Luke Schenn from the Canucks
In his quest to acquire every NHL defenseman, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has added Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick.
We’ve acquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 28, 2023
Schenn is a big-bodied defenseman who provides a physical presence, but he has had a rough 2022-23 season in Vancouver. Maybe playing on a better team in Toronto will help him turn things around, but the Maple Leafs may also have something else cooking here.
After acquiring Schenn, Toronto now has nine defensemen on its NHL roster. With such a major logjam at the position, it's hard to imagine the team not making another move to bolster its forward group.
Feb. 28: Islanders acquire Pierre Engvall from Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have been incredibly active, and one the moves sent forward Pierre Engvall to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick.
We've acquired a third round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Pierre Engvall— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 28, 2023
Engvall, now in his fourth NHL season, gives the Isles a strong defensive forward. Considering the Islanders' struggles at that end of the ice this year, Engvall should help them address a need, and he can make some plays at the offensive end as well. In 58 games this season, Engvall has 12 goals and 21 points.
By trading Engvall, Toronto frees up another $2.25 million in salary cap space with the trade deadline just three days away.
Feb. 28: Maple Leafs, Capitals swap defensemen
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Erik Gustafsson and a 2023 first-round pick. The first-round pick going to Toronto is the one Washington got from the Boston Bruins in the Dmitry Orlov trade just last week.
We’ve acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson & Boston’s first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenceman Rasmus Sandin— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 28, 2023
This deal makes some sense for both sides. The Maple Leafs give up a developing player for Gustafsson, who is in the midst of an excellent year and can help the team generate offense from the blue line, as well as a first-round pick. We'll see how long Toronto holds onto that first-rounder as they try to make more moves ahead of the deadline.
Washington turned Orlov and Gustafsson, two veteran defensemen on expiring contracts, into the 22-year-old Sandin. It's an excellent deal for a team looking to rebuild on the fly because Sandin has taken a big step forward in his development this year. There's a chance Sandin becomes a vital piece of the Capitals' blue line for a long time to come.
Feb. 28: Wild acquire forward Marcus Johansson from Capitals
The Minnesota Wild announced that they have acquired Marcus Johansson from the Capitals in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick. In 60 games with Washington this season, Johansson has tallied 28 points (13 goals and 15 assists).
🔁 TRADE NEWS 🔁 We have acquired Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 2024 third round draft pick.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 28, 2023
More » https://t.co/tgXqQHaSJg#mnwild pic.twitter.com/SUn0qlI6cg
The Wild are in need of supplementary scoring as the playoffs approach, and Johansson should give them some of that, but they may still need to make a bigger splash to move the needle atop the Western Conference.
This marks a return to Minnesota for the journeyman Johansson. He played for the Wild in the 2020-21 season and recorded six goals and eight assists in 36 games played.
Feb. 28: Blackhawks trade Patrick Kane to Rangers in exchange for draft picks
After weeks of speculation, Patrick Kane has now been traded to the New York Rangers. In exchange for Kane, the Blackhawks will receive a 2023 conditional second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick. If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Finals, the conditional second-round pick becomes a first-round pick in 2024 or 2025.
Kane is in the midst of a disappointing season by his standards, but that could easily be attributed to the lack of talent around him in Chicago. In his last four games of the Blackhawks, Kane showed what he was capable of by scoring seven goals and tallying 10 points.
In just a few weeks, the Rangers have added all kinds of offensive firepower on the wings. New York traded for Vladimir Tarasenko on Feb. 9, and now Kane joins the mix as the Rangers push for a Stanley Cup in a competitive Eastern Conference.
Feb. 28: Hurricanes acquire winger Jesse Puljujarvi from Oilers
After missing out on Timo Meier, the Carolina Hurricanes were still trying to upgrade their forward group. They acquired Puljujarvi in exchange for forward prospect Patrik Puistola on Tuesday.
The #Canes have acquired Jesse Puljujarvi from the Oilers in exchange for Patrik Puistola.— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 28, 2023
Full Details » https://t.co/93KLVjpf2g pic.twitter.com/I4rzhkro4W
Puljujarvi may not be the kind of player who will light the scoreboard on fire, but he has always posted strong five-on-five numbers, and he should fit right in with the Hurricanes as a bottom-six winger. Perhaps more importantly, Puljujarvi only comes with a $3 million cap hit, so Carolina still has plenty of room to make a big move ahead of the deadline.
This trade allows the Oilers to create some more salary cap space while rumors swirl that they are in the market for a top-four defenseman. If Edmonton is going to acquire someone like Jacob Chychrun or Mattias Ekholm, it needed to move money out, and it did just that with this deal.
Feb. 28: Oilers in talks to acquire a top-four defenseman
When you have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at the top of the lineup, goal-scoring will take care of itself. With the trade deadline looming, the Oilers are trying to upgrade their blue line. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Edmonton has expressed interest in Arizona's Jacob Chychrun, Nashville's Mattias Ekholm, and Columbus' Vladislav Gavrikov.
The Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes were progressing on Jake Chychrun trade negotiations yesterday. Things cooled late afternoon. Holland also talking with CBJ and Nashville on Gavrikov and Ekholm. Plan is to resume talks with all 3 today.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 28, 2023
The Oilers rank first in the NHL with 232 goals scored, but they rank 22nd with 204 goals allowed. If Edmonton wants to contend for a Stanley Cup, it has to do a better job keeping the puck out its own net, and acquiring a top-pairing defenseman would go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
Feb. 28: Rangers have things 'in motion' to acquire Patrick Kane as early as Tuesday evening
It seems like Kane to the Rangers is a foregone conclusion at this point, and the Rangers are just waiting to accrue enough salary cap space to make the trade happen. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers could potentially finalize the deal after 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Good morning: if NYR want to acquire Patrick Kane and have him count against their cap on Wednesday (not today), they can acquire him after 5 pm (ET). Things continue to be put in motion behind the scenes (approval, equipment, logistics). We'll see when it happens.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 28, 2023
Kane hasn't played since Feb. 22, and he has been away from the Blackhawks as he waits for a deal to happen. In recent days, the Rangers have made a series of moves, including trading young forward Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks, to create just enough space for Kane's arrival.
Feb. 28: Rangers still clearing cap space with hopes of acquiring Patrick Kane
On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane left the team's California road trip and returned to Chicago, according to ESPN's Emily Kaplan. Kane won't suit up for the Blackhawks leading up to Friday's trade deadline.
As I reported on ABC pregame..— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) February 25, 2023
There’s mutual interest between Patrick Kane & New York Rangers, + momentum. As long as NY clears cap space & finds 3rd party broker, expectation is it gets done.
With Kane yielding NMC power, Chicago takes whatever return Rangers willing to give.
Kaplan also reported that there is mutual interest between Kane and the New York Rangers. The Rangers spent the weekend attempting to clear the necessary cap space to get a potential deal for Kane done:
- New York traded 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks in a salary dump to get the ball rolling.
- They also assigned defenseman Braden Schneider to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Sunday, which could signify that Schneider would be part of a trade for Kane.
Feb. 27: Maple Leafs acquire Sam Lafferty, Jake McCabe from Blackhawks
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't made it out of the opening round of the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. Their front office is doing everything that they can to make sure that the team is set up for a deep postseason run this time around. On Monday, the Maple Leafs acquired forward Sam Lafferty and defenseman Jake McCabe from the Chicago Blackhawks.
- In addition to Lafferty and McCabe, Toronto received a 2024 fifth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick in the deal
- Chicago received forwards Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev, a 2025 first-round pick, and a 2026 second-round pick.
TRADING PLACES 😮💨— NHL (@NHL) February 27, 2023
The @MapleLeafs have acquired Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty in a deal with the @NHLBlackhawks! #NHLTradeDeadline pic.twitter.com/21q1kLT8DF
Lafferty has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 51 games this season and is signed through the 2023-24 campaign. Meanwhile, McCabe has tallied 20 points (two points, 18 assists) and is in just the second season of a four-year, $16 million contract.
Feb. 26: Devils land Timo Meier in massive deal
Timo Meier was one of the biggest prizes available on the trade market leading up to Friday's deadline. On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils acquired the talented winger in a huge trade with the San Jose Sharks.
- The Sharks shipped Meier, forward Timur Ibragimov, defensemen Scott Harrington and Santeri Hatakka, goaltender Zachary Emond and a 2023 fifth-round pick to the Devils.
- The Devils sent a 2023 first-round pick, a conditional 2024 first-round pick, forwards Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson and defensemen Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotyuk to the Sharks.
- As a part of the deal, the Sharks are retaining 50 percent of Meier's $6 million cap hit.
Meier is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Devils don't have any type of contract extension in place as of right now. The 26-year-old star currently has 31 goals and 21 assists in 57 games this season for the Sharks. Meier had spent all seven years of his NHL career in San Jose prior to the trade.
Feb. 26: Lightning add Tanner Jeannot
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been to three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals, so being active at the trade deadline isn't a big surprise. On Sunday, the Lightning acquired forward Tanner Jeannot from the Nashville Predators in exchange for:
- Defenseman Cal Foote.
- A 2025 first round pick (top-10 protected).
- A 2024 second-round pick.
- A 2023 third-round pick.
- A 2023 fourth-round pick.
- A 2023 fifth-round pick.
Jeannot, 25, is in the final season of a two-year contract and can become a restricted free agent this summer. He has 62 career points (34 goals & 28 assists) in 152 career regular season games as a member of the Predators.
Feb. 25: Jets acquire Nino Niederreiter from Predators
The Nashville Predators moved one of their veteran pieces in the form of winger Nino Niederreiter to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. Niederreiter is signed through the 2023-24 season, so he isn't a rental for the Jets. Niederreiter has tallied 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 56 games this season.
The Jets are battling at the top of the Central Division and adding a player of Niederreiter's caliber should really give a boost to Winnipeg's forward group.
Feb. 23: Bruins beef up blue line with addition of Dmitry Orlov
The Boston Bruins have been an absolute juggernaut this season. They made their defensive unit even stronger by acquiring defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals in a three-team deal. In exchange for Orlov and Hathaway, the Bruins sent the following to the Capitals:
- A 2023 first-round pick.
- A 2025 second-round pick.
- A 2024 third-round pick.
- Forward Craig Smith.
The Capitals will also retain 50 percent of Orlov's $5.1 million cap hit. In addition, the Minnesota Wild will also retain 25 percent of Orlov's contract and sent the rights of Andrei Svetlakov to the Bruins for a 2023 fifth-round pick.
Orlov, 31, is in the final year of a six-year, $30.6 million deal and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He's tallied 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 43 games for the Capitals this season. Orlov will join an already stacked Boston blue line that includes the likes of Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk.