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.
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
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?
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.