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NHL Trade Deadline wrap: Standing pat

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NHL Trade Deadline wrap: Standing pat

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.

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.

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.

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:

10:04 a.m. UPDATED:

Some early thoughts from Winnik on getting traded to the Caps:

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:

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2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

2018 Olympic Hockey Results: U.S. Women back in the gold medal match

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Americans played their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal.

The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals. They will face their arch-rival, which beat the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" 5-0 a few hours later, on Thursday. They Americans will be trying to win their first gold since 1998 when women's hockey made its debut in the Olympics.

And yes, the Americans understand the United States-Canada playing for gold is what everyone expects to see.

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"Definitely the rivalry has been there since I think I was born, so everyone's looking forward to that," said 22-year-old Dani Cameranesi.

This will be the third opportunity at gold for six Americans: captain Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin, Kacey Bellamy and twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

"It's honestly a dream come true," Knight said. "This is the world's biggest stage. This is the game that you want. This is the game we've been dreaming of and to have another opportunity to get back here, it's huge."

Olympic newcomer Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Americans over Finland. Marvin started the scoring, and Lamoureux-Davidson and Knight both scored during a 5-on-3 34 seconds apart in the second period. Maddie Rooney made 14 saves for the shutout.

Finland remains winless in eight games against the Americans at the Olympics. The Finns, ranked third in the world last year, will try to take home the bronze medal for the first time since 2010.

"We're got one thing on our mind, and that's to get a medal," said goaltender Noora Raty, who made 33 saves. "They're the best in the world (U.S. and Canada). We just need to get more girls involved so we have more to choose from."

The Americans opened these games a 2-1 loss to Canada wrapping up pool play.

"This was really a gold-medal preparation for us because they're a darn good team, and we had to be ready to play," U.S. coach Robb Stauber said of Finland.

The Americans wasted no time getting on the board. Captain Meghan Duggan found Marvin alone in the slot, and she beat Raty stick-side for the easy goal just 2:25 into the game.

Finland lost defenseman when she had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room after a knee-on-knee collision with Duggan. She was knocked off balance before crashing face-first into the boards, snapping her head back. When play resumed without a penalty, some fans booed. Savolainen returned in the second period.

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Stauber said the referee immediately came over and said it was a collision. Duggan said she was really happy Savolainen got up and that any decision about a potential suspension was out of her control.

"There's been some other plays that haven't been put into question, and so I can't imagine that there would be any disciplinary action just based on other things that have been let go," Duggan said.

Cameranesi put the United States up 2-0 with 1:22 left in the period, taking the puck away from Susanna Tapani and skating into the left circle before beating Raty's blocker with a wrist shot top shelf.

Lamoureux-Davidson's slap shot from the left circle came with 2 seconds left on the 5-on-3 at 13:21 of the second period, and Knight got her first goal of this tournament by redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin with 5 seconds left on the man advantage for the 4-0 lead. Cameranesi padded the lead as she scored from the slot over Raty's glove off a pass from Hannah Brandt.

"We're super excited to be in this position again," Lamoureux-Davidson said. "We worked four years to put ourselves in position to compete for a gold medal and we'll enjoy this for a little bit, but we know that this isn't what we came here for. We're ready to go to battle in a couple days."

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NHL Power Rankings: A rough week

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NHL Power Rankings: A rough week

The Caps are coming off of one of, if not the worst week of their season. Washington has now lost three of four games and all three of those losses came in devastating fashion.

On Feb. 11, the Caps hosted a scuffling Detroit Red Wings team and saw the Wings build a 4-1 lead in the second period, a period in which the Caps were outshot 17-2. Washington battled back to tie the game, but ultimately lost in overtime. Tuesday in Winnipeg the Caps held a 3-1 lead in the third period, but allowed the Jets to mount a comeback and tie the game with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation before losing in overtime. Then, of course, there was Saturday's 7-1 blowout at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, a team that had lost eight straight coming into that game.

SEE THIS WEEK'S NHL POWER RANKINGS HERE

To make matters worse, the Pittsburgh Penguins keep on winning and now hold a one-point lead over Washington. So yeah, things were not great.

The bad news is that, with the recent surges of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even New Jersey, the Caps have to figure things out fast or they could continue to fall in the standings fairly quickly.

The good news is that they still remain in a relatively good position should they rebound. The Penguins do hold a one-point lead in the standings, but the Caps remain very much in the driver's seat of the division with three games in hand.

Four games separate Washington from the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Caps will play in Buffalo, host Tampa Bay, play in Florida and host Buffalo. Winning three of those four games, especially if they can beat the dominant Lightning, will go a long way towards putting last week in the rearview mirror. Another tough week, however, could force the hand of general manager Brian MacLellan to make an unanticipated move at the trade deadline in order to keep a playoff season from falling apart.

After a week like that, it's no surprise to see Washington fall in this week's NHL Power Rankings. You can see the full rankings here.