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2017 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest rumors, trades and news

2017 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest rumors, trades and news

The 2017 NHL Trade Deadline takes place on Wednesday, March 1 which means the news cycle and rumor mill is racing to the finish line.

The Capitals were one of many teams to make a pre-deadline deal and are still one of the teams that could make yet another trade before the 3:00 p.m. cutoff in order to make any last-minute trades that will help them bolster their roster as the playoffs approach.

Follow along with our trade tracker as we update with the latest breaking news regarding players being traded to new destinations as teams prepare for the NHL playoff race.

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2017 NHL TRADE DEADLINE TRACKER

TRADE - March 1: The New Jersey Devils are reportedly trading Kyle Quincy to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Dalton Pruitt.

TRADE - March 1: After spending the first 17 seasons of his NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla is now set to join his fourth team in five years. The veteran scorer is reportedly headed from the Colorado Avalanche to the Los Angeles Kings

DEAL - March 1: Former Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth is staying with the Philadelphia Flyers, as is Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare, who Caps fans probably remember from the playoffs.

RUMOR - March 1: Thomas Vanek could be on the move from the Detroit Red Wings to the Florida Panthers, and if it holds, the Panthers are getting a steal here.

March 1: The Washington Capitals are reportedly making another trade, albeit a minor one. They are expected to deal Hershey G Joe Cannata — who the team signed this offseason in hopes he would become their third-string goalie — to the Detroit Red Wings for D Cody Corbett.

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March 1: The Detroit Red Wings continue to stay busy. This time they are reportedly trading F Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Feb. 28: The Montreal Canadiens are another active team at the deadline. They are reportedly trading F David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for D Brandon Davidson.

Feb. 28: Defenseman Johnny Oduya is headed back to the Chicago Blackhawks. He is being traded from the Dallas Stars for F Mark McNeill and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick.

Feb. 28: The New York Rangers did not stop there, reportedly trading D Mat Bodie to the Buffalo Sabres for F Daniel Catenacci.

Feb. 28: Defenseman Brendan Smith was reportedly traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the New York Rangers. Detroit will receive a 2017 third-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Washington Capitals added what many believe to be the final piece to the puzzle, acquiring D Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals also recieved G Phoenix Copely in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, along with a 2017 first-round pick. 

Feb. 27: The Vancouver Canucks trade F Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators for F Jonathan Dahlen.

Feb. 27: Defenseman Jordie Benn was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Montreal Canadiens for D Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Tampa Bay Lighting, three spots out of the final playoff spot in the East, made yet another trade. Forward Brian Boyle is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a 2017 conditional second-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes went back to the bargaining table. Arizona gets F Teemu Pulkkinen while the Wild receieve future considerations in return.

Feb. 26: Forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White, along with a 2017 fourth-round pick were dealt from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing and three draft picks, a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2019 conditional pick.

Feb. 25: The Tampa Bay Lightning made the first big trade of the week, dealing Ben Bishop, the franchise's all-time saves leader, and a 2017 fifth-round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for G Peter Budaj, D Eric Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional 2017 NHL Draft pick.

Feb. 24: Tomas Jurco was dealt from the Detroit Red Wings to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2017 third-round pick.

Feb. 23: The Carolina Hurricanes trade D Ron Hainsey to the Pittsburgh Penguins for F Danny Kristo and a 2017 second-round pick.

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Braden Holtby puts loss to Tampa solely on his own shoulders

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Braden Holtby puts loss to Tampa solely on his own shoulders

The mood in the Capitals locker room following a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday was one of frustration. Forty minutes of strong play from Washington amounted to nothing because of a disastrous opening first period in which the Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

No one in the locker room was more frustrated than Braden Holtby.

"Obviously you don't want to go down three," he told reporters after the game. "That's on no one else but me. The third goal, especially the third, fourth goal, that's the difference in the game. I thought we played a really strong game against a really good team. We should have got a better result and that's on me why we didn't."

Tampa scored three goals in the first off of only eight shots. For the game, the Lightning managed to pierce Holtby four times off of only 19 shots.

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Frustration seemed to boil over on the fourth goal when a normally stoic Holtby was visibly upset after allowing Nikita Kucherov to beat him on a breakaway in a play similar to what we saw in the All-Star Game.

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"The key to getting better is learning from your mistakes and obviously I didn't do that," Holtby said. "I was just trying to play it patient. I wasn't trying to cheat towards that move and he came at it a different way. That's on me for not recognizing it. That's not a goal I can give up in that situation after our team battled the way they did, especially in the third."

The frustration Holtby feels likely is not the result of one goal, but the culmination of a recent slump that continues to plague the Vezina winner.

Holtby has lost four straight starts and has given up at least four goals in each of those games.

While Holtby was quick to take the blame for Tuesday's loss, head coach Barry Trotz was quick to defend his netminder.

"No one takes the loss," he said. "We all take a loss. I take a loss, the group takes a loss and Braden's part of the group. ... He's had a little tough stretch. It's no different than, we've got guys that haven't scored in 15, 20 games. It's no different than a player."

The challenge now is overcoming that slump.

For a slumping skater, Trotz could try different line combinations or play someone in different situations over the course of the game. Getting a starting goalie out of a slump, however, is more difficult. Most of the work has to be done in practice with the hope that it will carry over into the next game.

"You analyze how the goals are going in, what you're doing differently," Holtby said. "There's always some stuff that you can't control and stuff that you can and it's focusing on those contrallables that you can make a difference at. Like the first goal in Chicago, the last two goals here, those are goals that I could and should stop. You get to practice the next day and you focus on that and work hard until you figure it out so you don't do it again."

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Part of the problem in Washington is that team defense is the Caps' biggest weakness. For most of the season, and even in years past, Holtby has made up for much of the team's mistakes on the backend. Now that he is slumping those mistakes become much more glaring and costly.

"The goaltenders in this league are erasers," Trotz said.

Lately, Holtby has not been able to erase those mistakes.

But the team has already moved to address the defense. Brian MacLellan added a puck-moving defenseman in Michal Kempny to help the team get the puck out of the defensive zone more quickly. Waiving Taylor Chorney could also signify another move may be coming before Monday's trade deadline.

As for Trotz, even during the slump, he made clear his confidence in Holtby has not wavered.

"He has been a rock since the day I've been here the last four years and he's been an elite goaltender and I look at him that way."

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2018 Olympic Hockey Results: Czech Republic eliminate U.S. men in shootout winner

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2018 Olympic Hockey Results: Czech Republic eliminate U.S. men in shootout winner

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Kouka scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Jan Kovar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation for the Czech Republic, which was fresher after winning its group and getting a bye into the quarterfinals. The U.S. looked fatigued after facing Slovakia in the qualification round and was outshot 29-20.

Ryan Donato and Jim Slater scored for the U.S, which again was led by its youngest players, including speedster Troy Terry. U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski allowed three goals on 29 shots and one in the shotoout, while Francouz stopped 18 in regulation and overtime.

Koukal was the only player to score in overtime. Chris Bourque, Ryan Donato, Marc Arcobello, Terry and Bobby Butler couldn't beat Francouz.

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