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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.

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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.

3:03 p.m.: Joe Thornton won't be chasing a Stanley Cup in Boston or anywhere else this spring. 

The Bruins won't be making anymore moves, per The Athletic's Joe McDonald.

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.

2:55 p.m.: The Hurricanes acquired Vincent Trocheck earlier, and now they've added a defenseman in Sami Vatanen.

2:03 p.m.: It sounds like Bruins fans hoping for a Joe Thornton reunion will be disappointed.

2:03 p.m.: The Oilers have acquired another winger. 

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.

Also, the Red Wings have traded forward Andreas Athanasiou to the Edmonton Oilers.

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.

Here's an update on Joe Thornton:

11:37 a.m.: The Flyers are adding even more forward depth.

11:23 a.m.: Chris Kreider is staying with the Rangers.

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.

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.

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.

9:37 a.m.: We have a trade! Ottawa Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov is heading to the Colorado Avalanche, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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?

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.