2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Here’s the list of today’s notable deals heading toward the 3 pm ET deadline. This list will be updated frequently throughout the day.  Following the deadline, I’ll examine the day’s biggest moves in the Soapbox section. 

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Sebastian Dea.

Winnipeg Jets trade left wing Nic Petan to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Par Lindholm.

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick. 

Vancouver Canucks trade defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winger Tanner Pearson.

Minnesota Wild trade center Matt Hendricks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round pick. 

Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger Marcus Johansson to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2020. 

Philadelphia Flyers trade winger Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Ottawa Senators trade Matt Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ottawa Senators trade right wing Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights for prospect defenseman Erik Brannstrom, center Oscar Lindberg, and a second-round pick in 2020. 

Minnesota Wild trade forward Mikael Granlund to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Kevin Fiala. 

Los Angeles Kings trade defenseman Oscar Fantenberg to the Calgary Flames for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020.

New York Rangers trade defenseman Adam McQuaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

Florida Panthers trade center Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020

Florida Panthers trade forward Tomas Jurco to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. The Hurricanes trade prospect Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations.

Arizona Coyotes trade center Jordan Weal to the Montreal Canadiens for center Michael Chaput

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the New York Rangers trade center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for Brendan Lemieux, the Jets’ 2019 first-round pick and a conditional pick. 

New Jersey Devils trade goaltender Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a fifth-round pick in 2022.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2020. 

NHL Rumor Mill – February 19, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – February 19, 2019

The latest on Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel, plus updates on the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Aaron Portzline believes Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin is better than 50-50 to be moved by next Monday’s NHL trade deadline while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is less than 50-50. He believes there are too many hurdles to clear in order to move Bobrovsky, including a soft goalie market and getting him to waive his no-movement clause.

It will take a significant offer to pry Artemi Panarin away from the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images).

If they trade Panarin, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen would have to make a subsequent trade for a return that keeps his club in the playoff race. Portzline believes it’ll take “some staggering offers” to pry Panarin away. He notes the Jackets have reportedly contacted the Ottawa Senators regarding center Matt Duchene. The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets are said to be interested in Panarin and Portzline thinks the New York Islanders could also kick the tires. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Montreal’s TSN 690, Bob McKenzie talked about the rumors linking Panarin and Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers. While he doesn’t know if the Panthers can get them via trade or free agency, he notes there’s certainly a desire on their part to do so. It would involve clearing some salary-cap space as they’re a budget team and not a cap team, which explains the recent rumors involving Panthers forwards like Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky’s shaky performance this season also adversely affects his trade value. If the Jackets trade him away they’ll also have to find a suitable replacement to act as a backup for Joonas Korpisalo and that could prove difficult to do.

I don’t doubt there’s plenty of interest in Panarin and the asking price will be high. It could take time, however, for that to happen, potentially complicating Kekalainen’s efforts to swing a subsequent deal. Not saying he can’t pull it off but he could run out of time if he waits too long for a suitable offer for Panarin.

As for the Panthers, there are rumblings they contacted the Jackets about Bobrovsky and Panarin but the Jackets denied those rumors. If they hope to acquire Panarin via trade, someone like Huberdeau or Hoffman would have to be part of the return. Such a deal, however, could be too complicated to pull off before the trade deadline. 


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are hoping to learn within the next 48 hours if pending free agent winger Mark Stone will re-sign with them or if they’ll have to trade him. Fellow UFA Matt Duchene is expected to be moved before the deadline, possibly in a sign-and-trade scenario. Garrioch believes the asking price for either guy could be a first-round pick, a top prospect plus another piece.

The Senators have had talks with winger Ryan Dzingel’s agents but it’s unknown if he’s received an offer. Garrioch claims the asking price for Dzingel is a first-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A first-round pick will be a crucial part of the return for any of those players. The Senators dealt away their pick in this year’s draft to the Colorado Avalanche in the trade that brought Duchene to Ottawa. As Garrioch reports, whatever happens with Stone will determine the Senators’ next moves. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Darren Dreger said he expects the Boston Bruins “are in it to win it” and expects they’ll make a significant move before the deadline. He notes they’ve got the assets in draft picks and promising young players to make it happen.

Dreger speculated the Bruins may have had their sights on Los Angeles Kings’ forward Tyler Toffoli at one point but no longer believes he’s their main target anymore. He also thinks they’ll have interest in Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel if he hits the trade block. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how much the Bruins gave up last year to land Rick Nash, GM Don Sweeney might be reluctant to repeat that experience. While there’s lots of speculation suggesting the Bruins should be in on big names like Artemi Panarin or Mark Stone, Dreger’s comments suggest Sweeney could be looking at more affordable options. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to weigh his options leading up to the trade deadline. Holland would like to re-sign goaltender Jimmy Howard, winger Gustav Nyquist, and defenseman Nick Jensen and all three wish to stay but a deal must be equitable for both sides. Holland could trade them and attempt to sign them this summer via free agency but there’s no guarantee they’ll return.

Khan considers Howard as almost certain to re-sign with the Wings, though the Calgary Flames are among the clubs rumored to be interested in him. Other possible trade chips include defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Luke Glendening. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if the deadline passes with Howard, Nyquist, and Jensen still with the Wings. The asking price for each is said to be a first-round draft pick. 


THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Kevin Kurz wonders if it’s time for the San Jose Sharks to address their sub-par goaltending, pointing out they have the worst even-strength save percentage (.896). Their 6-5 loss to Boston raises more questions over the tandem of Martin Jones and Aaron Dell.

Kurz suggested perhaps they should consider giving Detroit’s Jimmy Howard or Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott a look. Ultimately, however, he expects they’ll stick with Jones over the remainder of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there were better options in the goalie market, perhaps Sharks GM Doug Wilson would consider it. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Toronto’s TSN 1050, Bob McKenzie speculated the New York Rangers could move defenseman Adam McQuaid if they believe they can get a fourth- and a seventh-round pick or anything better than that. They gave up a fourth and a seventh, along with Steve Kampfer, to acquire McQuaid.  


THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington believes there’s a good chance Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will be playing elsewhere by next Monday afternoon. Beaulieu has been a frequent healthy scratch and remains frustrated over his lack of playing time. Last month, his agent request a trade. 

NHL Rumor Mill – January 18, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – January 18, 2019

Latest on the Senators, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Canadiens, Kings, Oilers, and Sabres in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


TSN: Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie report preliminary contract discussions are ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and pending unrestricted free agents Matt Duchene and Mark Stone. With the Feb. 25th NHL trade deadline approaching, a decision will have to be reached soon if they’ll be re-signed or traded. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing yesterday on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, Dreger believes Senators center Ryan Dzingel could be traded. Like Duchene and Stone, Dzingel is due to become a UFA in July. Dreger thinks the Senators can get a decent return and feels teams looking for an upgrade up front, such as the Edmonton Oilers, have to be considering Dzingel. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Duchene and/or Stone haven’t’ re-signed by the time the calendar flips to February I believe the Senators will try to move them. If that happens they could push to re-sign Dzingel. I think the Sens prefer to re-sign Dzingel but if Duchene and Stone are re-signed they won’t have enough cap space to keep him. 


The Carolina Hurricanes could still shop one of their defensemen, such as Dougie Hamilton, for a scoring forward. (Photo via NHL Images)

TSN: Bob McKenzie said the Carolina Hurricanes’ acquisition yesterday of winger Nino Niederreiter won’t prevent them from shopping one of their defensemen for a forward. Dougie Hamilton is frequently mentioned of late as a trade candidate but McKenzie feels any of their right-shot blueliners other than Jaccob Slavin is available for the right price.

McKenzie also noted the Hurricanes still have to decide what to do with pending UFA winger Micheal Ferland. It’s believed team owner Tom Dundon recently met with Ferland. In an interview earlier in the day with Edmonton’s TSN 1260, Darren Dreger said the Hurricane’s preference is to re-sign the winger but it depends on the cost. There’s speculation Ferland’s seeking $6 million per season but Dreger said he doesn’t believe the winger’s agent has submitted that request. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Slavin is a left-hand shot but it’s believed he’s the sole untouchable on the Hurricanes’ blueline. Hamilton, Brett Pesce, and Justin Faulk have popped up in trade speculation since last summer. One of them seems likely to be deal for a scoring forward. If they can’t get Ferland re-signed, he’ll be shopped before the trade deadline. 


TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Detroit Red Wings could have some interesting commodities to dangle in the trade market. Goaltender Jimmy Howard, winger Gustav Nyquist, winger Luke Glendening, and defenseman Niklas Kronwall could be of interest to playoff contenders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings reportedly seek a first-round pick for Howard or Nyquist. Kronwall, who could retire at season’s end, has a 10-team trade list and I think he prefers finishing his career in Detroit. 


TSN: Darren Dreger appeared on Montreal’s TSN 690 yesterday discussing possible moves by the Canadiens. While GM Marc Bergevin recently expressed his reluctance to trade draft picks and prospects this season, Dreger wonders if the growing number of quality players in the trade market might change his mind, especially with the Habs jockeying for a playoff spot. He noted players such as Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings and Brayden Schenn of the St. Louis Blues could be tempting targets for the Canadiens or any other club.

THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun reports Bergevin doesn’t intend to be a buyer or a seller this season. The Habs GM could make a move if it’s a hockey trade for a player with term left on his contract that makes sense for his club. Noting the Canadiens have plenty of salary-cap space, he speculates a team looking to shed salary could come calling.  Speaking of Muzzin, LeBrun reports the Kings’ asking price is a first-round pick and a prospect. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens need help on the left side of their blueline and Muzzin could be a great fit. If Bergevin remains resistant over moving his picks or prospects, however, he’ll have to look elsewhere for a left-side defenseman. 


NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Darren Dreger told Edmonton’s TSN 1260 his sources say the Oilers are reluctant to move Puljujarvi, who’s seeing limited playing time and doesn’t want to return to the AHL. While there are rumors the Oilers could move their 2019 first-round pick for a top-four defenseman or top-six forward, Dreger said he doesn’t think they’re aggressively shopping that pick. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites a report by a Finnish sportswriter blaming the Oilers for hurting Puljujarvi’s development. The young winger also acknowledged he’s heard the trade speculation but said he’s not thinking about it. The writer, however, believes Puljujarvi would benefit from a trade. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puljujarvi is only 20 and still has plenty of time to become a scoring winger. I can understand the Oilers’ reluctance to give up on him and risk seeing him blossom elsewhere. However, this situation could reach a point where they’ll have no choice but to move him, especially if they get a decent offer that can help them right away and over the long term. 


WGR 550: cited a report by TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie indicating Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is unhappy over the decline in his playing time. He and his agent have requested a trade. Beaulieu said he likes Buffalo but he wants more playing time. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Brad Marchand, Joe Thornton, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Bruins winger Brad Marchand could face supplemental discipline as the league is reviewing his hit to the head of Devils forward Marcus Johansson. Meanwhile. Devils starting goalie Cory Schneider left the game after two periods with a lower-body injury. A further update on Schneider could be made later today.

Jonathan Drouin had a three-point performance to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images).

The Colorado Avalanche’s 10-game points streak came to an end as they feel 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. Jonathan Drouin got the better of his friend and former Halifax Mooseheads linemate Nathan MacKinnon by tallying a goal and two assists for the Canadiens.

William Karlsson scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. The Golden Knights are one victory away from tying the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers for most wins (33) by a team in its inaugural season.

Travis Konecny tallied his second overtime goal in as many games to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It’s the Flyers eighth win in their last nine games. The win vaults the Flyers into a tie with the New Jersey Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Dallas Stars extended their points streak to five games by thumping the Florida Panthers 6-1. Alexander Radulov scored twice, including his 20th goal of the season. Stars captain Jamie Benn also picked up his 20th goal. Panthers goaltender James Reimer left the game early in the first period with an undisclosed injury. A further update on his condition is expected today.

Bryan Little scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4. It was a costly loss for the Sharks, as center Joe Thornton left the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. He had surgery on his left knee last summer. Sharks winger Tomas Hertl was also ejected from the game for boarding Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

John Gibson kicked out 41 shots and Ryan Getzlaf collected three points to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers. Rick Nash tallied twice for the Rangers.

Jack Eichel had a four-point game (one goal, three assists), Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and Robin Lehner turned in a 33-save shutout performance to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-0 beatdown of the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, the Sabres placed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) on injured reserve.

The Los Angeles Kings suffering their seventh loss in eight games falling 6-2 to the Vancouver Canucks. Brock Boeser and Loui Eriksson each scored twice for the Canucks.

Jean-Sebastien Dea’s first NHL goal was a game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby picked up his 1,079th career point, tying Jaromir Jagr for second place among the club’s all-time points leaders. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes activated defenseman Brett Pesce from injured reserve.

Yanni Gourde’s overtime goal lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Lightning winger Chris Kunitz had a three-point performance. In a surprising move, Bolts rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was a healthy scratch.

Carter Hutton made 25 saves as the St. Louis Blues shut out the Ottawa Senators 3-0.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, former Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Smyth and two-time Olympic champion Danielle Goyette were named Order of Canada in Hockey honourees.

NEWSDAY: Sources say the New York Islanders are closing in on a deal that will see them play some of their games at Nassau Coliseum in the years leading up to the opening of their new arena in Belmont Park.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks lists the logistical headaches for the Isles players and staff shuttling between the Coliseum and Barclays Center. 

TSN: Former Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is among the Russian athletes barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

SPORTING NEWS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has met with Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan as the city moves toward landing an expansion franchise.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed head coach John Tortorella.

Blue Jackets re-sign Tortorella, Sabres re-up Beaulieu and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  The Blue Jackets signed head coach John Tortorella to a one-year contract extension stretching through 2018-19. Financial terms weren’t disclosed but the deal spares Tortorellia and the Jackets the awkward situation of having him enter this season in the final year of his current deal. Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year for 2016-17, marking the second time he’s won that honor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tortorella is earning $2 million per season on his current deal. Coming off his award-winning performance in 2016-17, it was assumed he would ink a lucrative long-term deal with the Jackets. Perhaps both sides agreed to take a “wait-and-see” approach. Should the Jackets continue to thrive under Tortorella’s tutelage, it’s a safe bet they will lock him up long term. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, signing him to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $2.4 million. The Sabres acquired Beaulieu in June from the Montreal Canadiens. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Beaulieu now has the opportunity to become a top-four defenseman with the Sabres. 

Speaking of the Canadiens, former Habs defenseman Andrei Markov signed a two-year contract with the KHL’s AK Bars Kazan. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Defenseman Nate Schmidt hopes to re-sign with the Vegas Golden Knights before his arbitration hearing on Thursday. The Golden Knights selected Schmidt from the Washington Capitals during the expansion draft in June. 

SPORTSNET’S Elliotte Friedman reports the New York Islanders and defenseman Calvin de Haan have made their salary pitches prior to his arbitration hearing on Wednesday. The Isles are offering $1.95 million while de Haan seeks $5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles offer is ridiculously low, as de Haan earned $1.966 million annually on his previous contract. The blueliner’s asking price, however, is way too high. I think they’ll end up settling for around $3.8 million per season. 

THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: Now-retired winger Bryan Bickell reflects on his NHL career. He was forced into retirement because of multiple sclerosis.

NBC SPORTS: released their 2017-18 NHL television schedule. “The Blackhawks lead all clubs with 17 total appearances on NBC and NBCSN, followed by the Penguins and Flyers with 16, and the Capitals, Red Wings, and Bruins with 15 appearances apiece, respectively.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fans of other clubs will complain about NBC showing favoritism toward those clubs but the network goes where the ratings are. Like it or not, those teams usually attract the highest ratings. 

MLIVE.COM: A recent fan survey by The Hockey News reveals Detroit Red Wings fans have lost faith in the club’s management. The Wings “finished dead last when it came to each team’s fan base” while its front office ranked 29th.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niedereiter and Mikael Granlund are the notable players facing salary arbitration hearings this week.

This week’s arbitration dates, Stars to host 2018 Draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA.COM: This week is the final one for this summer’s NHL salary arbitration hearings. The notables include Minnesota Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter (Aug.3) and Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary (Aug. 4), New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (Aug. 2) Buffalo Sabres blueliner Nathan Beaulieu (Aug. 4) and Vegas Golden Knights rearguard Nate Schmidt (Aug. 3). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, only one arbitration hearing was held and that was Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, who agreed to a new contract with the Red Wings before the arbiter’s decision was reached. Don’t be surprised if the aforementioned players end up re-signing with their respective teams before their scheduled hearings. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: For the first time in NHL history, the annual draft will be held in Texas. It was announced yesterday that the Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23, 2018. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets are reaping the rewards from the best season in franchise history. The season-ticket base has risen by more than 1,000 fans to above 10,000. Their season-ticket renewals are at an all-time high (96 percent) and corporate partnerships are strengthening.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of mediocrity, the Jackets have finally given their fans something worth supporting. With their depth in promising young talent, they are in good position to build upon last season’s success. 

SPORTSNET: Former Quebec Nordiques coach and general manager Maurice Filion passed away Friday at the age of 85. He built the Nords into a WHA champion and transitioned with them in 1979 to the NHL. He drafted Michel Goulet and Dale Hunter and was also there when the Stastny brothers joined the club following their defection from Czechoslovakia in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Filion’s family and friends.