NHL Trade Deadline Tracker
2013 Deadline Day Trades
- The Tampa Bay Lightning send rookie left wing Cory Conacher (9 goals, 15 assists in 35 games) and fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop (8 wins, 5 losses in 13 games).
- The New York Rangers send right wing Marian Gaborik (9 goals, 10 assists in 35 games) to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for center Derick Brassard (7 goals, 11 assists in 34 games), right wing Derek Dorsett (3 goals, 6 assists in 24 games) and defenseman John Moore (0 goals, 1 assist in 17 games).
- The Nashville Predators send right wing Martin Erat (4 goals, 17 assists in 36 games) and forward prospect Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward prospect Filip Forsberg.
- The Buffalo Sabres send right wing Jason Pominville (10 goals, 15 assists in 37 games) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center prospect Johan Larsson and goalie Matt Hackett (0 wins, 1 loss in 1 game).
- The Columbus Blue Jackets send goaltender Steve Mason (3 wins, 6 losses in 13 games) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton (0 wins, 1 loss in 1 game) and a third-round pick in the 2015 draft.
- The Phoenix Coyotes send center Matthew Lombardi (4 goals, 4 assists in 21 games) to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward prospect Brandon McMillan.
- The Calgary Flames send left wing Blake Comeau (4 goals, 3 assists in 33 games) to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft.
- The Phoenix Coyotes send left wing Steve Sullivan (5 goals, 7 assists in 33 games) to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.
- The Phoenix Coyotes send left wing Raffi Torres (5 goals, 7 assists in 28 games) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft.
- The Colorado Avalanche send defenseman Ryan O’Byrne (1 goal, 3 assists, minus-8 in 24 games) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
- The St. Louis Blues send defenseman Wade Redden (2 goals, 3 assists, minus-2 in 23 games) to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.
- The Carolina Hurricanes send left wing Jussi Jokinen (6 goals, 5 assists in 33 games) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 draft.
- The Nashville Predators send defenseman Scott Hannan (0 goals, 1 assist, minus-11 in 29 games) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft.
- The Florida Panthers send forward Jerred Smithson (2 goals, 3 assists in 35 games) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft.
- The Anaheim Ducks send minor-league goaltender Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations.
- The Boston Bruins send forward prospect Maxime Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward prospect Rob Flick.
The NHL trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, and in what is usually one of the highlights of the NHL regular season, Wednesday’s trade deadline did not disappoint.
The trading deadline leads to a wild and crazy flurry of activity as the clock strikes the top of the hour from a dozen or more teams, as they set up for a playoff push or make some long-term adjustments.
This year, it was hard to know what to expect on deadline day. The shortened schedule leaves more teams than usual still contending for a playoff spot, so the normally well-defined line between buyers and sellers isn’t quite as clear this season as it has been in years past.
Many top players have already moved, including Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, which means the names we saw traded today were likely to include some surprises.
Here’s what the experts are talking about pre-deadline:
- Vancouver Canucks’ Chris Higgins: Four years at $2.5 million each
- Columbus Blue Jackets’ Mark Letestu: Two years at $1.2 million and $1.3 million
- Washington Capitals’ Jack Hillen: Two years at $700,000 each
Potential players to target
With most of the big names gone, NHL general managers will be looking primarily for role players. Here are some of the possible veteran “rental” players that might be targeted. A rental is a player whose contract expires this summer. That list includes:
- Raffi Torres (Phoenix): He’s a 220-pound winger who will chip in some big goals. The Coyotes would have to think long and hard about trading him.
- Eric Nystrom (Dallas): Played almost 400 NHL games and is very dependable in his role.
- Jochen Hecht (Buffalo): Can play center and wing, and has 14 seasons of NHL experience and has 59 games of NHL playoff experience.
- Jerred Smithson (Florida): Wins 54.8% of his faceoffs and can kill penalties.
- Pittsburgh Penguins: lead the conference and led the trade deadline shopping binge too. They got their buying done early, gobbling up veterans Brendan Morrow, Douglas Murry and Jarome Iginla. That should mean they’re done shopping, but GM Ray Shero is never finished until the deadline clock strikes.
- Boston Bruins seek to upgrade their forward depth, and they’ll have to look elsewhere as Iginla settled for the Pens. They’ve already picked up Jaromir Jagr. Could they do more? They could also look to add a puck-mover for their defense. Rumored to be pursuing: Ryan Whitney, Mark Streit, Steve Sullivan
- New York Rangers: Coach John Tortorella has been concerned about Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller and how asking too much too soon of them could hurt their development, so the Rangers are in the market to add forwards. Like the Bruins, though, they could be done after Wednesday’s addition of Ryane Clowe. They’re also appearing in rumors for Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, in part due to Boyle’s history with Tortorella in Tampa Bay. Selling Marian Gaborik may be an option as well as he has been a disappointment this season and his contract makes adding other big money problematic.
- Ottawa Senators: have been linked to interest in Curtis Glencross, but otherwise Sens rumors have been quiet. There is also the chance they will sell goaltender Ben Bishop.
- Toronto Maple Leafs: have been linked to both Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff.
- Florida Panthers: The bottom dwellers should be sellers, but so many of their most attractive assets are out injured. Marcel Goc may be too good and affordable to sell. Thomas Fleischmann’s contract (two more years, $4.5 million each) is probably too expensive to buy.
- Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are in full sell mode, having already dumped Robyn Regher on the Kings. They are rumored to be shopping Jason Pominville and goaltender Ryan Miller.
- New York Islanders: They’re making an impressive push for the playoffs themselves, but they are still a team building toward the future. They have prospects ready to step in at most positions so they should entertain any offers for unrestricted free agents: Brade Boyes, Mark Streit, Marty Reasoner and Keith Aucoin.
This might be the strongest goalie market we’ve ever seen on trade deadline day. Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller and Ben Bishop are all being discussed. But it would seem as if it would be hard to move Luongo and Miller because their teams would want assets that are more difficult to part with during the season. Kiprusoff would be easier to move because the Calgary Flames seem to be stockpiling draft picks.
If the Edmonton Oilers keep defenseman Ryan Whitney, it’s a good indication that they believe they can make the playoffs. It’s always a difficult decision knowing when to leave the rebuilding mode and when to start aggressively acting like a legitimate contender. There’s a tendency to stay in rebuilding mode too long.
Yandle’s name has surfaced in rumors for some time now. He still has three years left with a $5.25 million cap hit attached to his name. The Philadelphia Flyers might a team that would be interested in Yandle, but at this point, the Coyotes are better off waiting until the summer if they decide to listen to offers to increase the bidding war.