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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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The season pause gave Braden Holtby a chance to 'fix a few things' in his game

The season pause gave Braden Holtby a chance to 'fix a few things' in his game

No team can make it far in the playoffs without good goaltending. That's what made the news of Ilya Samsonov's injury so tough for the Capitals. Sure, they still have Braden Holtby, but let's face it, it's been a bad season. Does he even still have it in him to lead the team in the postseason? After three round-robin games, the answer is an emphatic yes.

In a round-robin in which there were seemingly few positives for Washington, Holtby was one of them. He was the team's best player in the round-robin and he capped it off with 30 saves on 31 shots against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, the team's lone win.

Holtby looks like a completely different goalie than the one who managed just a .897 save percentage and 3.11 GAA in 48 regular-season games and that's because he is. The pause to the NHL season allowed Holtby time off to reset his game that he would not have in a normal season and he took advantage.

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"Put a lot of work in the last couple months and had to fix a few things and work on a few things over the break to strengthen up," Holtby said, "And every game we played here you get a little more stamina and more and more comfortable."

It is pretty remarkable that Holtby was able to improve his game as much as he seems to have done considering that for much of that time, he could not even get on the ice. Yet, as the team prepares for the playoffs, goaltending no longer seems to be an issue. The loss of Samsonov means that the team is in trouble should Holtby struggle or get injured, but in terms of the starting netminder, Holtby is once again the guy. While that may have made fans nervous in January, fans can now be comfortable with that considering Holtby is playing his best hockey of the season.

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Caps and Islanders coaches downplay the personal matchup in Stanley Cup playoff series: 'It's not Barry Trotz vs. Todd Reirden'

Caps and Islanders coaches downplay the personal matchup in Stanley Cup playoff series: 'It's not Barry Trotz vs. Todd Reirden'

As the Capitals and New York Islanders prepare to square off in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all eyes will be on one matchup. It's not about the two goalies or how one defensive pairing matchups up against an offensive line, this matchup is off the ice. The storyline of this series is the men behind the bench, Todd Reirden and his predecessor, Barry Trotz.

Trotz was the head coach in Washington from 2014 to 2018 and led the Caps to the Stanley Cup in 2018. Reirden was on Trotz's staff as an associate coach in charge of the defense. Following the 2018 season, Trotz resigned and was hired as the head coach in New York, taking with him assistant coach Lane Lambert and goalie coach Mitch Korn. Reirden was hired as head coach of the Caps in the wake of Trotz's departure.

"It'll be a great challenge because I know the people over there," Trotz said of the series.

"Obviously we were able to accomplish something amazing together and that's something that you'll never forget as a staff," Reirden said. "That's never going to go away. It's unique now being on opposite benches and it has been."

When a team plays against its former head coach, comparisons between the two coaches are unavoidable. But even if the fans and the media look at this series as a commentary on the two coaches, the two men in question certainly do not.

"It's not Barry Trotz vs. Todd Reirden or any of those type of things," Reirden said. "It's going to be a team effort."

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They also downplayed any sort of advantage knowing each other may give them in the series.

"You've spent some time with a lot of their players, there's a lot of new players," Trotz said. "It just gives me a little insight on some of their tendencies, that's all."

The core in Washington may be the same, but there are a number of new faces on the roster who came after Trotz. The top-six on offense is the same, but players like Carl Hagelin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Nic Dowd all came after Trotz. Defensively, the team added Nick Jensen, Radko Gudas and Brenden Dillon.  Jonas Siegenthaler was in the organization, but did not make his NHL debut until the 2018-19 season.

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But even if they do not want to admit it, the familiarity between the coaches and players undeniably adds a different dynamic to the series.

The Caps know what kind of a coach Trotz is and how his teams like to play. Likewise, Trotz knows the level of talent on the roster in Washington so he knows the challenge that awaits the Islanders in the first round.

"They've got a lot of star power and they've won a championship," Trotz said. "They're well-equipped in a lot of areas, so the biggest challenge is to play them even and play them hard and they'll do the same because I know a lot about that group."

Trotz also added, "I think it will be a hell of a series."

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