The NHL trade deadline has arrived, and even though we've seen plenty of moves made over the last week, there are still many quality players rumored to be available who could be dealt in the coming hours.
The deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the name atop every trade board is New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. The 28-year-old plays a power forward-style of hockey that's well-suited for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's also a proven goal scorer. Kreider has scored 24 goals this season, and he's been on fire in February with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 11 games. He has the talent to be the final piece of a contender's championship puzzle.
One team that's been linked to Kreider in trade rumors for several weeks is the Boston Bruins, who are his hometown team. The Bruins made a trade last week with the Anaheim Ducks in which the defending Eastern Conference champions acquired forward Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick. Since that trade, two of the Bruins' main competitors in the East have made additional moves. The Washington Capitals traded for Montreal Canadiens winger Ilya Kovalchuk, while the Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Zach Bogosian.
What will the Bruins and other Stanley Cup hopefuls do at the trade deadline? Keep it right here for the latest rumors, news, analysis and completed deals throughout Monday.
3:05 p.m.: The Hurricanes have acquired a second defenseman today.
Per @PierreVLeBrun, CAR acquires Brady Skjei from the NYR for a first-round pick.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
3:03 p.m.: Joe Thornton won't be chasing a Stanley Cup in Boston or anywhere else this spring.
Joe Thornton is staying put in San Jose— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
The Bruins won't be making anymore moves, per The Athletic's Joe McDonald.
Bruins are done. Nothing more to come.— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) February 24, 2020
3 p.m.: The trade deadline has passed, but deals sent to the league before 3 p.m. can still be processed.
2:59 p.m.: A couple more trades that've been reported.
Lehner to Vegas.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020
2:55 p.m.: The Hurricanes acquired Vincent Trocheck earlier, and now they've added a defenseman in Sami Vatanen.
NJD trade Sami Vatanen to CAR.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
2:03 p.m.: It sounds like Bruins fans hoping for a Joe Thornton reunion will be disappointed.
Hearing the possibility Joe Thornton returns to Boston have cooled with just about 45 minutes until the deadline.— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) February 24, 2020
2:03 p.m.: The Oilers have acquired another winger.
BREAKING: The Ottawa Senators have traded Tyler Ennis to Edmonton for a 5th rd pick in 2021— Gord Miller (@🏠) (@GMillerTSN) February 24, 2020
1:22 p.m.: The price for the Oilers to acquire Athanasiou was two second-round draft picks, per TSN's Darren Dreger.
1:08 p.m.: Joe Thornton and Tyler Seguin together in Dallas would be a weird sight for Bruins fans.
The Dallas Stars are pushing hard for Joe Thornton, and Joe would be willing to go there, I’m told. Also hearing the Florida Panthers are interested, but that might be a harder sell for Thornton— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) February 24, 2020
Also, the Red Wings have traded forward Andreas Athanasiou to the Edmonton Oilers.
BREAKING: Edmonton acquires Andreas Athanasiou from Detroit.— Gord Miller (@🏠) (@GMillerTSN) February 24, 2020
12:30 p.m.: The Bruins have traded Danton Heinen to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nick Ritchie, who has eight goals in 41 games this season.
11:52 a.m.: The Sabres are acquiring Wayne Simmonds.
It’s a conditional 5th round pick going to NJD from BUF for Wayne Simmonds, can turn into a 4th.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2020
Devils retain 50 percent of Simmonds' $5M-salary/cap hit. There's no extension in place with Buffalo for the pending UFA but it's a possibility before July 1 depending on how he performs with the Sabres.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
Here's an update on Joe Thornton:
Joe Thornton has yet to be asked to waive his NTC, he fully plans on playing next season so there may not be as much urgency to go to a contender as there might be at this time next year. #sjsharks— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) February 24, 2020
11:37 a.m.: The Flyers are adding even more forward depth.
11:23 a.m.: Chris Kreider is staying with the Rangers.
John Davidson announced that Chris Kreider has agreed to a contract extension, thus removing him from the trade market. #NYR— Rick Carpiniello (@RickCarpiniello) February 24, 2020
Kreider is 7 years (as announced by NYR), AAV around $6.5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
11:07 a.m.: The Penguins added forward Jason Zucker a few weeks ago, and they acquired another veteran Monday in Patrick Marleau. The question now is will Joe Thornton, Marleau's longtime teammate in San Jose, also be on the move.
Per @PierreVLeBrun, Patrick Marleau to PIT pending trade call.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
10:54 a.m.: Not to be outdone, the Philadelphia Flyers have bolstered their forward depth.
10:11 a.m.: The Carolina Hurricanes are the latest East team to make a move on deadline day.
Carolina is acquiring Vincent Trocheck from Florida.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
Forwards Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark and two prospects to FLA for Vincent Trocheck.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2020
9:45 a.m.: Another Eastern Conference contender is bolstering its lineup, with the Islanders adding Jean-Gabriel Pageau in a trade with the Senators.
Pageau to Isles for a 1st in 2020 that shifts to a 1st in 2021 if the Isles pick in top 3 of the June Draft. No conditions on 2nd round pick in 2020. Conditional 3rd if the Isles win the Stanley Cup this year only.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020
9:37 a.m.: We have a trade! Ottawa Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov is heading to the Colorado Avalanche, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Namestnikov to COL— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
9:25 a.m.: Tough look for the Bruins, as Kovalchuk apparently chose Washington over Boston, per his agent.
8:45 a.m.: The Bruins aren't done trading, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels, and continue to keep an eye on Joe Thornton.
On Joe Thornton, the Boston Bruins hold him in high regard but they have some other targets ahead of him on their list. We'll see what develops, but what's clear about them is two things: They don't intend to spend a 1st on a rental, and they're not done trading. #SNTrade— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) February 24, 2020
8:18 a.m.: Keep an eye on the Detroit Red Wings, who could move winger Andreas Athanasiou or center Luke Glendening, per TSN's Darren Dreger.
Detroit likely to move out a couple more pieces today. A few teams with interest in Athanasiou and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone steps up for Luke Glendening.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020
8:15 a.m.: Could Joe Thornton return to the Bruins or sign with another contender? It appears the San Jose Sharks are stilling willing to deal the veteran forward.
San Jose Sharks taking calls on both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau today. Totally up to them if they sign off on going to a contender for a chance to win a Cup. Both would be welcomed back to SJ on July 1 if they wish. Pittsburgh has shown interest in Marleau.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
7 a.m. ET: The Canadiens made the smart move trading Kovalchuk for a draft pick, but his time in Montreal might not be totally over, as TSN's Pierre LeBrun explains.
The Habs intend to be bidders on Kovalchuk come July 1 if he’s free and hasn’t re-signed with the Caps. They genuinely loved what he brought to the organization on and off the ice over the past two months.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
If the Rangers and Kreider can't work out a new contract, will New York make a trade or risk losing him for nothing this summer in free agency?
Hopes of a new contract between Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers are fading. Obviously, if the negotiation doesn’t shift in the hours ahead, Kreider will remain the top available player on the TSN Tradebait Board leading up to tomorrows deadline.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 23, 2020
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NHL trade deadline. This Monday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com.