The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline is nearly here, marking the final point in the season teams can make major shakeups before preparing for the stretch run and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline takes place a week earlier than in 2017, and teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon, February 26 to make their final pre-deadline deals. That being said, the trade deadline is not the end of player movement in 2018, but signifies the end of the open trade window.
But with less than a week left, the trade rumors are swirling, with teams putting out feelers and reaching out to potential trade partners.
The Capitals started the trade deadline period a week early, with a minor trade on Monday and another on Wednesday.
2018 NHL TRADE DEADLINE TRACKER:
February 26: TRADE — Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a massive trade with the New York Rangers. The Lightning will get McDonagh and J.T. Miller in exchange for Libor Hajek, Brett Holden, Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick.
February 26: TRADE — The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes for Greg McKegg.
February 26: TRADE — The Vegas Golden Knights added Tomas Tatar, but he did not come cheap. The Detroit Red Wings will receive a first, second and third round picks.
February 26: TRADE — The Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Mike Reilly to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick.
February 26: TRADE — Nick Shore will go to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a seventh-round pick heading to the Ottawa Senators.
February 26: TRADE — The Edmonton Oilers traded Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round pick and a prospect.
February 26: REPORT — Defenseman Mike Green is staying put with the Detroit Red Wings.
February 26: REPORT— Reporters told at 3 p.m. that the Washington Capitals have not made any trades Monday.
February 26: RUMOR — The Washington Capitals remain interested in defenseman Ryan McDonagh, but they do not have much cap space. If Washington wants to get this deal done, they will have to clear the space.
February 26: TRADE — The New York Islanders have acquired forward Chris Wagner sending forward Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks.
February 26: TRADE — Forward Evander Kane was considered one of the biggest names at the deadline and he is headed to the San Jose Sharks. The Buffalo Sabres will receive a conditional 2019 first-round pick, a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick and prospect Dan O'Reagan.
February 26: TRADE — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Jordan Maletta. It is a swap of minor league players.
February 26: RUMOR — The Pittsburgh Penguins may not be done just yet. They are reportedly one of a number of teams interested in New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. There are some conflicting reports on the level of Pittsburgh's interest, however.
February 26: RUMOR — The Minnesota Wild have received offers for defenseman Mike Reilly, but have not made any moves yet and it is not guaranteed they do move him before the deadline.
February 26: RUMOR — A rough season means the Montreal Canadiens are open for business. It appears there is some interest in captain Max Pacioretty from the Anaheim Ducks and the Florida Panthers.
February 26: TRADE — Forward Brendan Leipsic has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks. The Vegas Golden Knights will received defenseman Philip Holm in exchange.
February 26: TRADE — The Winnipeg Jets have made a surprise move, acquiring forward Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a first-round pick and prospect Erik Foley. As part of the deal, the Blues will retain 50-percent of Stastny's salary. Stastny had to waive a no-movement clause to accept the trade.
February 26: WAIVERS — The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed defenseman Johnny Oduya off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. The Calgary Flames have claimed forward Chris Stewart from the Minnesota Wild.
February 26: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Ryan Hartman and a fifth round draft pick in 2018 to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a fourth-round pick in 2018 and prospect Victor Edjsell.
February 26: RUMOR — The Tampa Bay Lightning are still looking to improve their already dominant roster. They are looking to upgrade both on defense and on the faceoff. Detroit's Luke Glendening is a target for the faceoff.
February 26: TRADE — The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a third round pick and Nick Moutrey.
February 26: RUMOR — Mike Green has reportedly waived his no-trade protection for specific teams, including the Capitals.
February 26: RUMOR — The Caps are one of the teams in the mix for star defenseman Erik Karlsson. The deal would require a third partner, however, to take Bobby Ryan.
February 25: TRADE — The Montreal Canadiens trade C Tomas Plekanec and RW Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs for D Rinat Valiev, LW Kerby Rychel and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Defenseman Mark Alt has been claimed by the Colorado Avalanche from the Calgary Flames.
February 25: TRADE — The Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers make a three-team trade that sends LW Pontus Aberg to the Oilers, C Mark Letestu to the Blue Jackets and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Predators.
February 25: TRADE — The New York Rangers finally trade veteran star LW Rick Nash. The talented forward was dealt the Boston Bruins for C Ryan Spooner, lW Matt Beleskey, D Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
February 24: TRADE — The Edmonton Oilers trade D Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
February 23: TRADE — The Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Las Vegas Golden Knights make a three-team trade. The Penguins receive C Derick Brassard, LW Vincent Dunn and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Senators receive G Filip Gustavsson, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Golden Knights receive RW Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
February 22: TRADE — The New York Rangers trade Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils for D Ygor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
February 22: TRADE — The Boston Bruins trade C Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
February 21: TRADE — The Los Angeles Kings trade G Darcy Kuemper to the Arizona Coyotes for G Scott Wedgewood and RW Tobias Rieder.
February 21: TRADE — The Montreal Canadiens trade D Jakub Jerabek to the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)
February 21: RUMOR — The Columbus Blue Jackets have shown interest in acquiring Artem Anisimov from the Chicago Blackhawks, a team attempting a major rebuild toward the end of the 2017-18 season.
February 20: TRADE — The Toronto Maple Leafs trade C Eric Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
February 20: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators are looking to deal D Erik Karlsson and C Bobby Ryan. The Sens have already begun to enter "tank" mode. Moving Karlsson and/or Ryan would make it all but official.
February 20: TRADE — The New York Rangers trade D Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for D Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
February 19: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)
February 19: TRADE — The Detroit Red Wings trade G Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
February 19: RUMOR — The Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in pursuing speedy New York Rangers RW Michael Grabner.
February 17: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators' fire sale continues to heat up. The St. Louis Blues are reportedly interested in Senators RW Mike Hoffman and C Derick Brassard.
February 15: TRADE — Toronto Maple Leafs trade RW Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
February 15: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Ville Pokka to the Ottawa Senators for LW Chris DiDomenico.
February 13: RUMOR — New York Rangers LW Rick Nash is rumored to be a major trade target for virtually every team within playoff reach. The Nashville Predators have been rumored to be the favorites for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.
February 13: TRADE — The Los Angeles Kings trade RW Marian Gaborik and C Nick Shore to the Ottawa Senators for D Dion Phaneuf and C Nate Thompson.