The NHL trade deadline is at 3 p.m. on Monday which means things are likely to get pretty crazy.
The Caps kicked things off with their Sunday night trade sending Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and a second-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round pick.
Check back here for all the latest news and trade rumors around the NHL leading up to the deadline.
3:57 p.m. WRAP UP:
In what was a quiet trade deadline day, the biggest story were the names who did not move. There was no trade for Loui, Eriksson, Dan Hamhuis or Jonathan Drouin as teams choose to to stand pat with their current rosters.
One of the biggest trades of the day was one of the latest with Montreal sending Devante Smith-Pelly to New Jersey for Stefan Matteau. Boston shored up their roster, acquiring forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey for a fourth round and a second round draft pick. The Bruins also got defenseman Jon-Michael Liles from Carolina for prospect Anthony Camara, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick.
The New York Islanders also acquired forward Shane Prince from Ottawa for a 2016 third-round pick. Minnesota and Ottawa exchanged prospects with Connor Allen headed to the Wild and Michael Keranen going to Ottawa.
Why were things so slow? A lack of true contenders and uncertainty over the salary cap were enough to scare general managers away from making any major moves. Many of the bigger moves were also made prior to Monday.
The Caps chose to let the deadline pass without any further moves, satisfied with the acquisitions of Mike Weber and Daniel Widdik. There was talk of possible interest in defenseman Dan Hamhuis, but Vancouver's asking price was likely too high for the Caps to be major contenders for him. Washington now has added depth to go along with their deep defensive corps. Winnik adds more grit to the fourth line. If he can add any production as well, it will come as a bonus as Laich was struggling to add any offense at all with only seven points on the season.
The biggest winner from trade season looks to be Chicago who added six players, four of whom will be in the lineup as they attempt to make another Cup run. That's a scary thought for teams across the league. Toronto did exactly what they set out to do, but it's important to remember the easy part is acquiring draft picks, the hard part is actually rebuilding the team.
2:42 p.m. UPDATED:
The latest from Vancouver is that Dan Hamhuis will be staying put.
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) February 29, 2016
Hamhuis will only waive the no-trade clause for a contender, but a team like Washington doesn't need to sell the farm to have Hamhuis and is likely unwilling to match Vancouver's asking price.
2:34 p.m. UPDATED:
Anaheim has added forward Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick, according to Elliotte Friedman. Pirri has 35 points this season, but is currently recovering from an ankle injury. Pirri has real goal scoring potential with with 22 goals last season in just 49 games.
2:21 p.m. UPDATED:
There are a number of teams reportedly interested in Dan Hamhuis, but his no-trade clause has become a sticking point.
Hamhuis said last night that going to a contender was top priority to waive NMC. #Bruins don't fit.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 29, 2016
In addition to BOS, PIT is trying to get in on Hamhuis but we continue to believe, for now, Hamhuis not interested in waiving there.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 29, 2016
The Caps, however, are a contender and Trotz is Hamhuis' former coach. As Dallas has already acquired Kris Russell, could Hamhuis' no-trade clause bring the price down low enough for the Caps to get him?
2:06 p.m. UPDATED:
One of the top defensemen available is now off the board as the Dallas Stars have acquired Kris Russell from Calgary. Russell is 28 and have 15 points this season while averaging 22:52 ice time per night. Perhaps most importantly, Russell is also coming off an impressive 2015 postseason in which he tallied seven points in 11 games. As strong as the Stars are offensively, their defense and goaltending are big question marks. In exchange for Russell, Calgary will receive defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, prospect forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2016. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, if the Stars reach the Western Conference Finals and Russell plays in 50 percent of Dallas' games in the first two rounds, the pick will turn into a first-round pick.
1:46 p.m. UPDATED:
In a push to make the playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche have acquired Mikkel Boedker from the Arizona Coyotes for Alex Tanguay and two prospects, Connor Bleakley and Kyle Wood. Boedker has 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) with the Coyotes this season. He has spent his entire NHL career with the Coytoes and was considered one of the top forwards available at the deadline. Colorado is currently clinging to a wild card spot by only two points. The Avalanche also get out from under Tanguay's $3.5 million cap hit. The 36-year-old has only 22 points this season.
In a second move, the Avalanche also acquired defenseman Eric Gelinas from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017. He has six points in 34 games with the Devils this season.
1:14 p.m. UPDATED:
In what is largely a minor league move the Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Dennis Robertson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for goaltender Drew MacIntyre.
The Caps looked like there were done with the acquisition of Mike Weber, but the injury to John Carlson may have changed things. Now they could be exploring the possibility of trading for defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
Told that the Washington Capitals have kicked tires on Dan Hamhuis...
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 29, 2016
Hamhuis spent the first six seasons of his career with Nashville playing under Barry Trotz. Hamhuis is 33 and is in the final year of his contract that carries a $4.5 million cap hit. The Caps are not the only team linked to Hamhuis, but with a no-trade clause he would have to agree to any potential trade.
11:49 a.m. UPDATED:
The trade market has gone silent as teams wait for the dominoes to fall:
Sounds like the defence market is partially on hold until decisions are made on Dan Hamhuis and Kris Russell. #TradeCentre
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 29, 2016
10:04 a.m. UPDATED:
Some early thoughts from Winnik on getting traded to the Caps:
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 29, 2016
9:48 a.m. UPDATED:
Craig Custance of ESPN is reporting the Coyotes have acquired Sergei Plotnikov. Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford told 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh on Friday that Plotnikov got on head coach Mike Sullivan's bad side for expressing interest in returning to his native Russia. Sullivan is a no nonsense type of coach so it's no surprise to now see Plotnikov on his way out. TSN's Darren Dreger reports Pittsburgh will get a conditional pick and a minor league player in return.
9:30 a.m. UPDATE:
Dallas is frontrunner but Boston, Tampa and Washington have all inquired on Dan Hamhuis. #TradeCentre
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 29, 2016