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NHL Trade Tracker 2019: latest deadline rumors, trades and news

NHL Trade Tracker 2019: latest deadline rumors, trades and news

The 2019 NHL trade deadline is almost here, marking the final point in the regular-season that teams can make major moves and deals to position themselves for the stretch run and the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 2019 NHL trade deadline takes place on Monday, Feb. 25, with a final cutoff time for trades to be made at 3 p.m. ET The 2019 trade deadline is the same as the year prior, which was the first season the NHL decided to move the deadline up a week.

With just a few days until the deadline, the rumors, news, and reports are beginning to heat up.

All the latest rumors, news, and notes on the 2019 NHL trade deadline are right here.

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker:

February 25: TRADE - The Florida Panthers acquire F Sebastian Dea from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for D Chris Wideman.

February 25: TRADE - The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire F Nic Petan from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for F Par Lindholm.

February 25: TRADE - The Winnipeg Jets acquire D Bogdan Kiselevich from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Winnipeg Jets acquire D Nathan Beaulieu from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire D Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for F Tanner Pearson.

February 25: TRADE - The Winnipeg Jets acquire F Matt Hendricks from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Boston Bruins acquire F Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Nasvhille Predators acquire F Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for F Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick.

February 25: NEWS - The Washington Capitals are done at the trade deadline; no more deals coming.

February 25: TRADE - The Vegas Golden Knights acquire F Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for D Erik Brannstrom, F Oscar Lindberg and a Dallas's 2020 second-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Nashville Predators acquire F Mikael Granlund in exchange for F Kevin Fiala.

February 25: RUMOR - The Vegas Golden Knights are closing in on a deal for F Mark Stone.

February 25: TRADE - The Calgary Flames acquire D Oscar Fantenberg from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire D Adam McQuaid from the New York Rangers in exchange for D Julius Bergman and 2019 fourth and seventh-round picks. 

February 25: TRADE - The Colorado Avalanche acquire F Derick Brassard and a 2020 conditional sixth-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Florida Panthers acquire F Cliff Pu from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for future considerations.

February 25: TRADE - The Carolina Hurricanes acquire F Tomas Jurco from the Florida Panthers in exchange for future considerations.

February 25: RUMOR - The Carolina Hurricanes are interested in Minnesota Wild F Jason Zucker.

February 25: RUMOR - The Winnipeg Jets may not be done for the day; they are looking for depth on the blueline, but may also consider trading for Philadelphia Flyers F Wayne Simmonds.

February 25: RUMOR - The New York Rangers are expected to move D Adam McQuaid and D Fredrik Claesson before the deadline.

February 25: RUMOR - The Vegas Golden KnightsToronto Maple LeafsWinnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames are calling about Carolina Hurricanes F Micheal Ferland, but the Canes are hesitant to move him as they gear up for a playoff run.

February 25: RUMOR - The Vegas Golden Knights are looking to acquire Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators. The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets were reportedly candidates, but are out of the race now.

February 25: RUMOR - The Anaheim Ducks will likely deal D Michael Del Zotto before the deadline.

February 25: RUMOR - New Jersey Devils F Marcus Johansson will likely be traded before the deadline.

February 25: RUMOR - Teams are showing interest in San Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan. Sharks taking calls.

February 25: TRADE - The Montreal Canadiens acquire F Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes in echange for F Michael Chaput.

February 25: TRADE - The Winnipeg Jets acquire F Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for F Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2019 conditional fourth-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire G Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in echange for a 2022 fifth-round pick.

February 25: TRADE - The Ottawa Senators acquire F Brian Gibbons from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Patrick Sieloff.

February 24: TRADE - The San Jose Sharks acquire F Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick.

February 24: TRADE - The Buffalo Sabres acquire D Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for prospect Brendan Guhle and a 2019 first-round pick.

February 23: TRADE - The Dallas Stars acquire F Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2019 conditional second-round pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick.

February 23: TRADE - The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire F Ryan Dzingel and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for F Anthony Duclair, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.

February 23: TRADE - The Dallas Stars acquire Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for D Connor Carrick and a 2019 third-round pick.

February 22: TRADE - The Washington Capitals are trading D Madison Bowey and a 2nd round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for D Nick Jensen and a fifth round pick. 

February 22: TRADE - The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospects Vitalii Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson.

With the trade deadline fast approaching on Monday, several teams and names have jumped to the forefront of the rumor mill. Here's what we know thus far:

The Boston Bruins have shown interest in Kevin Hayes, Artemi Panarin, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Stone, and Mats Zuccarello.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have shown interest in Matt Duchene and Kevin Hayes.

The Nashville Predators have shown interest in Matt Duchene, Wayne Simmonds, and Mats Zuccarello

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown interest in Adam McQuaid, Vladislav Namestnikov. and Wayne Simmonds.

The Winnipeg Jets have shown interest in Kevin Hayes, Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone and Mats Zuccarello.


February 22: RUMOR - It looks like the Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets are gearing up for a trade, as several AHL players were removed from their respective practices Friday morning. 

February 21: The New Jersey Devils are going to be sellers. Marcus Johansson and Ben Lovejoy were game scratches, and Elliotte Friedman wonders if they could put Damon Severson could be on the market too

February 21: RUMOR - More Matt Duchene-related news. The Nashville Predators seem interested in acquiring his services from the Senators, which, according to reports, would spark the Winnipeg Jets to make a major push for Columbus Blue Jackets star Artemi Panarin.

February 21: TRADE - The Washington Capitals acquired forward Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 conditional pick. 

February 20: RUMOR - Matt Duchene likely played his last game in an Ottawa Senators uniform. 

February 20: NEWS - The Washington Capitals placed Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers. Many thought Dmitrj Jaskin would be the one to get placed on waivers, but instead, it's DSP and his $1 million cap hit that is headed out of D.C.

February 19: RUMOR - Mats Zuccarello could land in one of four spots as the New York Rangers are reportedly getting a good bit of action for the savy veteran. The Pittsbughs Penguins might be a prime spot for him to land

February 19: RUMOR - If Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone does become available, the Boston Bruins will work toward bringing him to Beantown. 

February 18: TRADE - The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers made a swap on Monday night, as Chicago received Peter Holland while trading away Darren Raddysh. Looking like seller just a few weeks ago, the Blackhawks have thrust themselves back into the playoff conversation. 

February 18: RUMOR - The Florida Panthers have been a major disappointment this season, and if the Cats are looking to get frisky, they might look to deal away Jonathan Huberdeau or Mike Hoffman.

February 18: RUMOR - Could the Washington Capitals be in store for a trade? Former Capitals scout Roger Dicklund seems to think so as he tweeted out on Monday a potential trade that could come in the next week. Dicklund states his sources have told him that Washington and the Senators have been scouting each other recently, and Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel could be the desired target. 

February 17: RUMOR - The Senators could have a busy week of selling, as Matt Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel may all be on the move. Some reports say Stone could be kept however, even though he himself has stated he would like to explore other options

February 16: TRADE - Sam Gagner is heading back to the Edmonton Oilers after the Vancouver Canucks traded him away for Ryan Spooner.

February 15: TRADE - The goalie swap between the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers became official, as Philadelphia received Cam Talbot and Edmonton gained Anthony Stolarz.

February 15: RUMOR - The Artemi Panarin saga with the Columbus Blue Jackets will be an interesting one to follow leading up to the trade deadline. An unrestricted free agent following the season, it was reported last week that he plans to test the market. Now, it's up to Columbus to decide what to do with him for the rest of this season. 

February 15: RUMOR - Philadelphia Flyers star Wayne Simmonds isn't likely to still be in Philadelphia once the trade deadline ends. as all signs point toward the forward and his current team parting ways. Things could change in the next week, but if Simmonds is available, plenty of teams will be interested in acquiring the 30-year old

February 14: RUMOR - It is looking more and more likely that Jeff Skinner will stay with the Buffalo Sabres for the remainder of the season. While shopping him was an option, the upcoming restricted free agent and Buffalo seemed to be more focused on getting a deal done to have him be there for the rest 2019 and beyond.

February 14: REPORT - The Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers have begun preliminary talks on a trade, most likely surrounding a swapping of goalies. In this case, Cam Talbot could be the biggest piece. 

February 13: TRADE - The Vancouver Canucks got some much-needed goalie depth in the form of 27-year-old Marek Mazanec. Acquired from the New York Rangers, Vancouver gave back a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

February 14: RUMOR - With a rebuilding looming for the Minnesota Wild some moves could be made at the deadline. A name being thrown around is Eric Staal. Though he has a no-trade clause with 10 teams, his name will surely be mentioned leading up to the 25th. 

February 10: NEWS - If the Capitals are to make a trade deadline deal, it seems forward Andre Burakovsky might be the most viable candidate given his financial situation. Said general manager Brian MacLellan, “I think the only thing we're going to look for is, is there a hockey trade to be made, salary for salary, player for player in the forward group."

February 9: TRADE - The Montreal Canadiens acquired Christian Folin and Dale Weise from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for David Schlemko and Byron Froese.


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How Kuznetsov's suspension helps the Caps' salary cap situation

How Kuznetsov's suspension helps the Caps' salary cap situation

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The suspension to Evgeny Kuznetsov means the Capitals will begin their brutal October schedule without one of their top centers for the first three games. There is a silver lining, however, in terms of the salary cap. Generally when a player is suspended, his cap hit continues to count against the team even though he is not playing. According to a team official, however, because the suspension is not a Department of Player Safety issue, his cap hit will not count during this suspension giving Washington a massive $7.8 million worth of cap room to work with for the first few days of the season.

For a team facing some serious cap issues heading into the season, that is a huge break.

Initially, it appeared a Capitals team that was already over the cap would have to find a way to shed enough salary to afford another player to replace Kuznetsov or go the first three games without an extra forward at all. Instead, the extra cap room essentially gives Washington another week to make the tough roster decisions it will ultimately need to make to get under the cap.

“This is something we have to deal with and react accordingly as a team and putting the best players on the ice in the best spots,” head coach Todd Reirden said Saturday. “We’ll start to get a look at some different combinations.”

It is important to note that the Caps will not be banking cap space. This will work in much the same way as long-term injured reserve. Kuznetsov will not count against the cap for the first three games, but Washington will not be recouping the cap space it will not be using in his absence.

Eventually the Caps will have to pick a fourth line and move Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd or Brendan Leipsic to Hershey. Djoos’ $1.25 million salary will force someone on defense to get traded or waived. Now, however, those decisions can be made based on actual regular-season games against NHL competition rather than based on training camp projections and preseason games.

This also could be an opportunity for Washington to get younger players into a game they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

“There’s going to be some opportunity potentially for some different guys,” Reirden said. “They should take advantage of an opportunity here that is going to be in front of them.”

The team has raved about Martin Fehervary since returning to camp, does he get one of the first three games? Does the team bring in a prospect forward to play center with Kuznetsov out? Getting Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek playing time this season is a goal for the team as well. This could give general manager Brian MacLellan an opportunity to get one of them a game without having to place Pheonix Copley on waivers to free up space.

One of the biggest storylines of the Caps’ training camp was the salary cap and how the team intended to get under the ceiling by Oct. 1. The Kuznetsov suspension is not good news for the team, but it does give MacLellan an extra week to make the really tough decisions.

“There’s a lot of things that can possibly happen,” MacLellan said on Thursday during media day. “We’re going to try to play it out until the end. If something makes sense in the meantime, I think we’d pursue it.”


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NHL to suspend Caps center Kuznetsov for start of regular season

NHL to suspend Caps center Kuznetsov for start of regular season

The NHL will suspend Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov for three games for conduct detrimental to the league, according to a press release from the NHL. He is not expected to appeal. 

Kuznetsov, 27, tested positive for cocaine at the World Championships in May playing for Russia and was suspended four years by the International Ice Hockey Federation. 

That normally would not affect his NHL contract. Under the CBA, “drugs of abuse” like cocaine don’t require a suspension. Instead, the league steers players toward treatment. 

Kuznetsov agreed to take advantage of the NHL Players Association’s treatment programs and extra testing. He also arrived in Washington much earlier than normal for European players in August to take part in informal workouts.  

But Kuznetsov misled the NHL and the Capitals during an investigation of a video that surfaced on May 27 showing him in a Las Vegas hotel room with a white powdery substance on a table directly in front of him. Kuznetsov insisted he’d never used cocaine, which wasn’t true giving the timing of the failed drug test at Worlds. 

The failed IIHF drug test proved that false. Kuznetsov’s positive test came from a sample taken on May 26 the day Russia played the Czech Republic for the bronze medal at Worlds in Slovakia. That was the day before the video appeared on social media. 

“We’ve had discussions after, and I think for the most part, he’s been truthful,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said at media day on Thursday. “I think we want to get him in a spot where he’s going to make a different choice next time.”

Kuznetsov’s salary-cap hit is $7.8 million per season, but this year his base salary and bonuses amount to $8.4 million. He is expected to forfeit some salary for the suspension and his hit will still count against Washington for the time he is out. 

On May 31 the NHL released a statement by deputy commissioner Bill Daly saying the league had reviewed the video, interviewed Kuznetsov and cleared him. 

"While we certainly do not condone or endorse some of the decisions he made on the night in question, Mr. Kuznetsov's account of the events that transpired aligns with other information we have been able to gather, and we have found no basis to question his representations with respect to what did -- and what did not -- occur," Daly said. 

 The Capitals also met with Kuznetsov to hear his side of the story and released a statement attributed to him that same day. 

"While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation," Kuznetsov said. "This was a hard lesson for me to learn."

Kuznetsov was provisionally suspended by the IIHF just two weeks later on June 13 after the failed test. That was upheld and made public on Aug. 23. That led to an in-person interview with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week and the subsequent suspension. 

The Capitals expressed both disappointment and support for Kuznetsov. MacLellan was asked if cocaine use affected Kuznetsov’s play during an up-and-down season where he still finished with 72 points. 

“I mean, that’s hard to say. You’d have to ask him that,” MacLellan said. “There’s no indication that those are correlated. It could’ve had an effect, or other stuff could’ve had an effect.”

No teammate said Thursday that Kuznetsov had to address the group about his cocaine use and the consequences. He is banned from international competition until June of 2023, which means Kuznetsov will miss the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing if NHL players are allowed to participate. 

“That’s ultimately up to him. Our job right now is we support him,” goalie Braden Holtby said. “There’s always consequences to actions. But main thing that we want to be there for (him) as teammates is to help him come through stronger, whether it’s off the ice, on the ice, to support him to make himself and make our team stronger.”

Kuznetsov will miss games against the defending champion St. Louis Blues on Oct. 2, the New York Islanders on Oct. 4 and the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5.

“It’s very unfortunate what happened,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. “But at the same time for us as friends, I think it’s really important we support him no matter what and we’re going to fight this together as a family here.”