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NHL Trade Tracker 2018: Latest deadline rumors, deals

NHL Trade Tracker 2018: Latest deadline rumors, deals

The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline is nearly here, marking the final point in the season teams can make major shakeups before preparing for the stretch run and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline takes place a week earlier than in 2017, and teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon, February 26 to make their final pre-deadline deals. That being said, the trade deadline is not the end of player movement in 2018, but signifies the end of the open trade window.

But with less than a week left, the trade rumors are swirling, with teams putting out feelers and reaching out to potential trade partners.

The Capitals started the trade deadline period a week early, with a minor trade on Monday and another on Wednesday.



February 26: TRADE — Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a massive trade with the New York RangersThe Lightning will get McDonagh and J.T. Miller in exchange for Libor Hajek, Brett Holden, Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick.

February 26: TRADE — The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes for Greg McKegg.

February 26: TRADE — The Vegas Golden Knights added Tomas Tatar, but he did not come cheap. The Detroit Red Wings will receive a first, second and third round picks.

February 26: TRADE — The Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Mike Reilly to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick.

February 26: TRADE — Nick Shore will go to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a seventh-round pick heading to the Ottawa Senators.

February 26: TRADE — The Winnipeg Jets have acquired Joe Morrow. They will send a fourth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens.

February 26: TRADE — The Edmonton Oilers traded Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round pick and a prospect.

February 26: REPORT — Defenseman Mike Green is staying put with the Detroit Red Wings.

February 26: REPORT— Reporters told at 3 p.m. that the Washington Capitals have not made any trades Monday.

February 26: TRADE — Forward Tomas Vanek is going to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Vancouver Canucks are expected to receive Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen in exchange.

February 26: RUMOR — The Washington Capitals remain interested in defenseman Ryan McDonagh, but they do not have much cap space. If Washington wants to get this deal done, they will have to clear the space.

February 26: TRADE — The New York Islanders have acquired forward Chris Wagner sending forward Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks.

February 26: TRADE — Forward Evander Kane was considered one of the biggest names at the deadline and he is headed to the San Jose Sharks. The Buffalo Sabres will receive a conditional 2019 first-round pick, a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick and prospect Dan O'Reagan.

February 26: TRADE — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Jordan Maletta. It is a swap of minor league players.

February 26: RUMOR — The Pittsburgh Penguins may not be done just yet. They are reportedly one of a number of teams interested in New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. There are some conflicting reports on the level of Pittsburgh's interest, however.

February 26: RUMOR — The Minnesota Wild have received offers for defenseman Mike Reilly, but have not made any moves yet and it is not guaranteed they do move him before the deadline.

February 26: RUMOR — A rough season means the Montreal Canadiens are open for business. It appears there is some interest in captain Max Pacioretty from the Anaheim Ducks and the Florida Panthers.

February 26: TRADE — Forward Brendan Leipsic has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks. The Vegas Golden Knights  will received defenseman Philip Holm in exchange.

February 26: TRADE — The Winnipeg Jets have made a surprise move, acquiring forward Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a first-round pick and prospect Erik Foley. As part of the deal, the Blues will retain 50-percent of Stastny's salary. Stastny had to waive a no-movement clause to accept the trade.

February 26: WAIVERS — The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed defenseman Johnny Oduya off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. The Calgary Flames have claimed forward Chris Stewart from the Minnesota Wild.

February 26: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Ryan Hartman and a fifth round draft pick in 2018 to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018,  a fourth-round pick in 2018 and prospect Victor Edjsell.

February 26: RUMOR — The Tampa Bay Lightning are still looking to improve their already dominant roster. They are looking to upgrade both on defense and on the faceoff. Detroit's Luke Glendening is a target for the faceoff.

February 26: TRADE — The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a third round pick and Nick Moutrey.

February 26: RUMOR — Mike Green has reportedly waived his no-trade protection for specific teams, including the Capitals.

February 26: RUMOR — The Caps are one of the teams in the mix for star defenseman Erik Karlsson. The deal would require a third partner, however, to take Bobby Ryan.

February 25: TRADE — The Montreal Canadiens trade C Tomas Plekanec and RW Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs for D Rinat Valiev, LW Kerby Rychel and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Defenseman Mark Alt has been claimed by the Colorado Avalanche from the Calgary Flames.

February 25: TRADE — The Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers make a three-team trade that sends LW Pontus Aberg to the Oilers, C Mark Letestu to the Blue Jackets and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Predators. 

February 25: TRADE — The New York Rangers finally trade veteran star LW Rick Nash. The talented forward was dealt the Boston Bruins for C Ryan Spooner, lW Matt Beleskey, D Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

February 24: TRADE — The Edmonton Oilers trade D Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

February 23: TRADE — The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Las Vegas Golden Knights make a three-team trade. The Penguins receive C Derick Brassard, LW Vincent Dunn and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Senators receive G Filip Gustavsson, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Golden Knights receive RW Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

February 22: TRADE — The New York Rangers trade Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils for D Ygor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

February 22: TRADE — The Boston Bruins trade C Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. 

February 21: TRADE — The Los Angeles Kings trade G Darcy Kuemper to the Arizona Coyotes for G Scott Wedgewood and RW Tobias Rieder.

February 21: TRADE — The Montreal Canadiens trade D Jakub Jerabek to the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)

February 21: RUMOR — The Columbus Blue Jackets have shown interest in acquiring Artem Anisimov from the Chicago Blackhawks, a team attempting a major rebuild toward the end of the 2017-18 season.

February 20: TRADE — The Toronto Maple Leafs trade C Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

February 20: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators are looking to deal D Erik Karlsson and C Bobby Ryan. The Sens have already begun to enter "tank" mode. Moving Karlsson and/or Ryan would make it all but official.

February 20: TRADE — The New York Rangers trade D Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for D Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

February 19: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)

February 19: RUMOR — The Anaheim Ducks look to be targeting Vancouver Canucks LW Thomas Vanek, but the Canucks may 'kick tires" on a potential trade if the return isn't right. 

February 19: TRADE — The Detroit Red Wings trade G Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

February 19: RUMOR — The Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in pursuing speedy New York Rangers RW Michael Grabner.

February 17: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators' fire sale continues to heat up. The St. Louis Blues are reportedly interested in Senators RW Mike Hoffman and C Derick Brassard.

February 15: TRADE — Toronto Maple Leafs trade RW Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

February 15: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Ville Pokka to the Ottawa Senators for LW Chris DiDomenico.

February 13: RUMOR — New York Rangers LW Rick Nash is rumored to be a major trade target for virtually every team within playoff reach. The Nashville Predators have been rumored to be the favorites for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

February 13: TRADE — The Los Angeles Kings trade RW Marian Gaborik and C Nick Shore to the Ottawa Senators for D Dion Phaneuf and C Nate Thompson.

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Caps prospect watch: Signing season?


Caps prospect watch: Signing season?

The 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament bracket has been announced and only one Capitals prospect, Brian Pinho, is still in the running.

Providence College was selected as the No. 2 seed in the East Regional and will play No. 3 Clarkson in the first round on Friday, March 23 on ESPNU. The winner will play the winner of Notre Dame-Michigan Tech on Saturday with a chance to advance to the Frozen Four.

The college season is over for the rest of the Capitals' college prospects which begs the question, will any of them sign an entry-level deal with Washington?

In the spring when seasons end for colleges, junior leagues and European leagues, we see a flurry of signings across the NHL as teams sign their prospects and young free agents.

Among the Caps' college prospects, the most likely candidate to sign would be Shane Gersich. Gersich just wrapped up this third season at the University of North Dakota, finishing second on the team in goals (13) and tied for third in points (29). The Capitals will certainly make a push to sign him considering his talent and because if he returns to college for a fourth year, he stands to become a free agent on Aug. 15, 2019.

Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reported Wednesday that North Dakota was still awaiting Gersich's decision on whether he planned to return to college.

Quinnipiac defenseman Chase Priskie is in a similar situation, but it he has decided to head back to school for another season.

“That wasn’t a season I’d want to leave on,” Priskie told the New Haven Register. “When I came here as a freshman I saw our senior class, Garteig, St. Denis, Soren Jonzzon, and they left such a legacy that guys still talk about them. Same for Sam Anas and Devon Toews. They were all such great players and some of the best people for our program. When I leave, I want to be talked about like they are.”


Other prospect notes:

  • For Pinho, now a senior at Providence, this marks an opportunity for him to finish his college career the same way he began, with a national championship. “I don’t think I realized at the time how hard it is just to get back to the tournament,” Pinho told the New Haven Register. “So that’s something we older guys have been telling the younger guys. You never know when you’re going to be back and you have to make the most of it when you’re there.” (You can read the full feature on Pinho here)
  • The end of the season may suddenly be near for goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov. Metallurg Magnitogorsk finds itself down 3-1 in its series with Ak Bars in the KHL playoffs meaning their season could be over as early as Friday. Of course, the big news to watch after that is whether or not Samsonov would come to North America. If he does, he would most likely go to Hershey to play for the Bears. With only 10 games remaining on Hershey's schedule, however, the sooner Samsonov's team is ousted from the playoffs, the better. At least from a Washington perspective.
  • All three of Washington's WHL prospects have reached the WHL playoffs. Moose Jaw (Dmitriy Zaitsev) finished with the best record in the league and will play Prince Albert in the first round. Swift Current (Beck Malenstyn) finished second in the East Division behind Moose Jaw and will play Regina. Everett (Garrett Pilon) won the U.S. Division and earned the top seed in the Western Conference. They will play Seattle in the first round.
  • Dmitriy Zaitsev remains out after taking an illegal hit last week. He did not play in either of Moose Jaw's final regular season games, but was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
  • Adam Carlson has found his groove in Kansas City. Playing for the Mavericks of the ECHL, he won each of his two starts this past week allowing only one goal on 43 shots. He was named the 2nd star of the game for both games.
  • Madison Bowey recorded an assist on Friday and two more for Hershey on Saturday for three over the weekend in his first week back with the Bears. Bowey has spent the majority of the season with the Caps, but the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek at the trade deadline meant there were just too many bodies up in Washington and not enough playing time to go around. As Bowey is waiver exempt, he became the odd-man out and was sent to the AHL. It would not be surprising to see him recalled by Washington when the NHL playoffs begin.
  • Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler brought his goal total up to five for the season with two goals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday. The Bears really wanted to emphasize his offensive game this season to see if Siegenthaler could be developed into a two-way player. His strength is definitely is on the defensive end of the ice, but he will be a more versatile player if he can also be a threat offensively as well. You can see the highlights of Siegenthaler's two-goal game here:

  • Forward Hampus Gustafsson was recalled to Hershey last week and did not wait long to make an impact. He scored his first career AHL goal on Friday. He also added an assist making that game his first career multi-point game as well.
  • Tyler Lewington was suspended two games by the AHL for a punch he delivered to Bridgeport's Scott Eansor in Friday's game.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in this week's updated rankings 

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John Carlson gets the better of John Klingberg in duel of top defensemen

John Carlson gets the better of John Klingberg in duel of top defensemen

One week ago, the hockey world was captivated by the matchup of Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, two players battling for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. Tuesday's matchup between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars once again pitted two competitors locked in a point battle together in John Carlson and John Klingberg.

Carlson and Klingberg entered Tuesday's games with 59 points each, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. In a 4-3 win for Washington, both defensemen delivered phenomenal performances as each recorded two points, two assists for Klingberg and a goal and an assist for Carlson.

Tuesday's game was the latest example this season of Carlson rising to the occasion. He has been at his best when he has been needed the most such as when he was averaging 27:46 of ice time a night while Matt Niskanen was out injured.


Carlson's ability to deliver has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.

"John's having just a whale of a year, obviously," Niskanen said. "Monster year. Production, been carrying the load all year. He's been just a stalwart back there for us. He leads the way."

"The numbers don't lie, he's been having an unreal season," T.J. Oshie said. "Definitely on the points side of things, but maybe some parts that don't get talked about, the defensive side of things. He rarely loses a battle. It's very encouraging, it gets the bench going when he plays like that."

After the game, Carlson tried to downplay the notion that he elevated his game in response to playing against Klingberg.

"No," Carlson said when asked if he was motivated by the points race. "I think the guys do a good job of pumping that up in the locker room. I just want to go out there and win. I think we played a good game tonight so that's most important."

But while his words were subdued, his play was anything but.

Despite both players getting two points, Carlson got the better of his counterpart by scoring the game-winning goal in the third period, a one-timer slap shot to beat goalie Kari Lehtnonen, to lead Washington to the win.


Carlson may say he was not motivated by Klingberg, but his play certainly seemed to suggest otherwise.

"I think they both know, they know the stats," Barry Trotz said. "They know who they're lined up [against]. They're proud athletes. You're in a business where there's a lot of alpha males. That's what it is."

Of course, Carlson may not need a matchup with Klingberg to motivate him.

In the final year of his contract, Carlson has picked a good time to set new career highs in goals, assist and points. With a cap hit of just under $4 million, the 28-year-old blueliner will be due a significant raise in the offseason. That price tag continues to climb with every good performance as Carlson continues to cement himself among the league's top defensemen.

"Obviously he's very motivated," Trotz said. "He's in the last year of his contract. He'll be motivated. He's putting out points. He's gotten better and better. He's more poised every year. When he's intense and detailed in his game, he's a top defenseman in the league and he shows it."