The NHL commerce deadline is quick approaching and groups are already making modifications to assist bolster their playoff probabilities or their future.
Even earlier than the calendar turned to February, the Maple Leafs had been fast to pad their protection once they added Jake Muzzin from the Kings whereas different groups have added veterans or swapped minor leaguers. The motion is certain to select up as Feb. 25 attracts nearer with a number of star gamers rumored to be in the marketplace, together with free agents-to-be Matt Duchene in Ottawa and Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus.
Here is every little thing you want to know forward of the 2019 NHL commerce deadline as Sporting Information tracks the newest information and rumors.
When is the 2019 NHL commerce deadline?
The NHL commerce deadline is Monday, Feb. 25. The cutoff level is three p.m. ET, although the information of some trades could emerge shortly after that deadline.
Who’re the highest sellers on the NHL commerce deadline?
New York Rangers
A workforce on the surface trying in, with restricted expectations of constructing the postseason, the Rangers are in promote mode. One identify that at all times pops up round this time of yr is Mats Zuccarello. The diminutive ahead who has been restricted this season attributable to quite a few accidents, together with a latest foot an infection, does have scoring potential if he can get his sport going. Kevin Hayes can also be anticipated to be moved because the upcoming unrestricted free agent’s asking value could also be too excessive on the heels of a profession yr.
Might the Oilers be trying to make a deal? Except for the very fact they should bolster their lineup round celebrity Connor McDavid, there may be likelihood Cam Talbot might be on the transfer. Earlier than getting the hook, Peter Chiarelli signed Mikko Koskinen to an extension all however ending Talbot’s time in Alberta.
Matt Duchene and Matt Stone — two massive names which were mentioned in all places with reference to probably being moved. The Senators are within the midst of a rebuild and each gamers will likely be a UFA this summer time. Duchene and Stone are every having stable years and might be key leases for a workforce on the verge of a serious playoff run.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings already traded away Muzzin and rumors are swirling that the workforce’s massive summer time signing, Ilya Kovalchuk, is on the market. The 2018 Russian re-import does have a no-movement clause. Nevertheless, at 35 years outdated Kovalchuk could also be prepared to drop it for an opportunity at Lord Stanley’s Cup.