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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

2020 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

The NHL season is about two-thirds complete, which means the NHL Trade Deadline has arrived.

Several teams have already made moves this season, adding pieces for what they hope will be the missing part to a Stanley Cup run.

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders have made trades this week. Should the Washington Capitals, who suddenly have a slim point in the Metro, feel pressure to make a move, too?

Several players, such as Rangers' forward Chris Kreider, Kings' defender Alec Martinez, and Red Wings defender Trevor Daley are on the block. Will each one of them have new homes come Feb. 24?

Here's everything you need to know.

2020 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Feb. 17 - TRADE - The Washington Capitals traded the Colorado Avalanche's 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-rounder to the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Feb. 17 - TRADE - The Vancouver Canucks acquired center Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings for left-winger Tim Schaller, prospect Tyler Madden and a 2020 second-round pick.

Feb. 16 - TRADE - The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired left-winger Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for prospect Nolan Foote and first-round picks in either the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft.

Feb. 16 - The Colorado Avalanche have shown interest in Devils winger Blake Coleman, but have not offered a trade, according to Pierre LeBrun.

Feb. 16 - TRADE - The New York Islanders have bolstered their defensive unit, acquiring New Jersey Devils captain Andy Greene in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and prospect David Quenneville. 

Feb. 10 - TRADE - Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker is headed east. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Zucker for defenseman prospect Calin Addison, forward Alex Galchenyuk and a first-round pick in either the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft.

Feb. 5 - TRADE - The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired goalie Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings. In return, the Kings receive forward Trevor Moore and third-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 NHL Draft.

More updates will come as the deadline gets closer.

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Caps acquire defenseman Brenden Dillon to shore up the blue line

Caps acquire defenseman Brenden Dillon to shore up the blue line

With the Capitals struggling as a team, general manager Brian MacLellan moved to address the team's defensive issues with the acquisition of San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon in exchange for a 2020 second round draft pick and a conditional 2021 third-round pick.

The team announced the move on Tuesday.

As part of the deal, the Sharks will retain 50-percent of Dillon's salary meaning his cap hit for Washington will be $1.635 million according to Cap Friendly. Dillon is on the last year of his contract.

Dillon, 29, is a physical, hard-nosed defenseman who is playing 19:22 per game for a very crowded San Jose blue line. There are a lot of players available at the trade deadline who we ultimately don't know can play in a pressure situation, but Dillon is not one of them. He has been to the postseason four times with the Sharks, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and the Western Conference Final last year.

“Brenden is an experienced defenseman who plays a solid defensive game with a high compete level and physicality,” MacLellan said via a statement released by the team. “We felt it was important for us to add a player of his caliber to our defensive group.”

Given the team's recent struggles, there was no question that an upgrade on the blue line was needed. Dillon seems to provide that.

Dillon appears to be a good compliment for John Carlson and it would not be a surprise to see him eventually step into a top-pair role, especially with Michal Kempny's struggles this season.

The big question now is are the Caps done? Right defense has been a glaring area of need this season and Dillon is a left defenseman. Is the hope that his addition will have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the blue line or is another deal perhaps on the horizon? The addition of Dillon leaves Washington with just over $1.077 million to work with at the trade deadline, per Cap Friendly.

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Ovie the Bulldog retires after a decade of Capitals game appearances

Ovie the Bulldog retires after a decade of Capitals game appearances

Over the last decade, Ovie the Bulldog traveled to over 50 Capitals games to make appearances outside arenas, both home and away, in an Alex Ovechkin jersey. Before Washington's game in Las Vegas on Monday, Ovie stood outside T-Mobile Arena for his last appearance before his retirement.

Ovie will remember the "infinite scratches and pictures," and the chance to meet thousands of Caps fans, according to the dog's Twitter account, which has over 7,000 followers. 

The Twitter thread announcing the bulldog's retirement described the timing as a byproduct of Ovie's health and current age. 

"Some days I have energy," the thread said, "others I just want to lay on the sofa & eat cookies & sleep all day."

The 10-year-old bulldog is located on the West Coast, but that didn't stop him from spreading Capitals pride. He traveled to pose outside arenas that play host to the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights.

Las Vegas was a fitting setting for his final appearance, as that was the site of one of his fondest trips when the Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup. 

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