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2017 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest rumors, trades and news

2017 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest rumors, trades and news

The 2017 NHL Trade Deadline takes place on Wednesday, March 1 which means the news cycle and rumor mill is racing to the finish line.

The Capitals were one of many teams to make a pre-deadline deal and are still one of the teams that could make yet another trade before the 3:00 p.m. cutoff in order to make any last-minute trades that will help them bolster their roster as the playoffs approach.

Follow along with our trade tracker as we update with the latest breaking news regarding players being traded to new destinations as teams prepare for the NHL playoff race.

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2017 NHL TRADE DEADLINE TRACKER

TRADE - March 1: The New Jersey Devils are reportedly trading Kyle Quincy to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Dalton Pruitt.

TRADE - March 1: After spending the first 17 seasons of his NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla is now set to join his fourth team in five years. The veteran scorer is reportedly headed from the Colorado Avalanche to the Los Angeles Kings

DEAL - March 1: Former Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth is staying with the Philadelphia Flyers, as is Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare, who Caps fans probably remember from the playoffs.

RUMOR - March 1: Thomas Vanek could be on the move from the Detroit Red Wings to the Florida Panthers, and if it holds, the Panthers are getting a steal here.

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March 1: The Washington Capitals are reportedly making another trade, albeit a minor one. They are expected to deal Hershey G Joe Cannata — who the team signed this offseason in hopes he would become their third-string goalie — to the Detroit Red Wings for D Cody Corbett.

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March 1: The Detroit Red Wings continue to stay busy. This time they are reportedly trading F Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Feb. 28: The Montreal Canadiens are another active team at the deadline. They are reportedly trading F David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for D Brandon Davidson.

Feb. 28: Defenseman Johnny Oduya is headed back to the Chicago Blackhawks. He is being traded from the Dallas Stars for F Mark McNeill and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick.

Feb. 28: The New York Rangers did not stop there, reportedly trading D Mat Bodie to the Buffalo Sabres for F Daniel Catenacci.

Feb. 28: Defenseman Brendan Smith was reportedly traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the New York Rangers. Detroit will receive a 2017 third-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Washington Capitals added what many believe to be the final piece to the puzzle, acquiring D Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals also recieved G Phoenix Copely in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, along with a 2017 first-round pick. 

Feb. 27: The Vancouver Canucks trade F Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators for F Jonathan Dahlen.

Feb. 27: Defenseman Jordie Benn was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Montreal Canadiens for D Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Tampa Bay Lighting, three spots out of the final playoff spot in the East, made yet another trade. Forward Brian Boyle is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a 2017 conditional second-round pick.

Feb. 27: The Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes went back to the bargaining table. Arizona gets F Teemu Pulkkinen while the Wild receieve future considerations in return.

Feb. 26: Forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White, along with a 2017 fourth-round pick were dealt from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing and three draft picks, a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2019 conditional pick.

Feb. 25: The Tampa Bay Lightning made the first big trade of the week, dealing Ben Bishop, the franchise's all-time saves leader, and a 2017 fifth-round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for G Peter Budaj, D Eric Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional 2017 NHL Draft pick.

Feb. 24: Tomas Jurco was dealt from the Detroit Red Wings to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2017 third-round pick.

Feb. 23: The Carolina Hurricanes trade D Ron Hainsey to the Pittsburgh Penguins for F Danny Kristo and a 2017 second-round pick.

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Capitals Talk hosts "Capitals On the Clock" special: How to watch, live stream, listen

Capitals Talk hosts "Capitals On the Clock" special: How to watch, live stream, listen

With the NHL Draft just a few days away in Vancouver and after countless mock drafts, NBC Sports Washington will have you covered as the Capitals decide who to take with the 25th overall pick.

As part of NBC Sports Washington's coverage of the NHL Draft, the Capitals Talk Podcast will host 'Capitals On the Clock: Draft Night' on linear television and as a live stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams app.

Capitals Talk will sit down with Rob Carlin, Grant Paulsen, Al Koken, Michael Jenkins, J.J. Regan and Brian McNally to discuss the Capitals the 2019 Draft. They'll be joined by Zack Fisch, Manager of Media Relations & Broadcasting with the Hershey Bears, who will shed light on who's ready to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL.

The live stream will also include an NHL and Capitals Draft trivia segment which fans will be able to play along with.

And if you haven't already downloaded the MyTeams App, you can do so right now, RIGHT HERE.

Capitals Talk Podcast "Capitals on the Clock" Special

When: 8 p.m. Friday June 21

Where: NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports MyTeams App

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Should the Caps re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly?

Should the Caps re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly?

It is almost time for NHL free agency to begin, and the Capitals certainly have needs to fill and a limited budget. Who would be the best fit? Who would be the best free agent target for Washington to pursue? That’s what NBC Sports Washington wants to find out!

Our experts got together and made a bracket of the 16 best free agent fits. The bracket is divided into four regions: Third line forward, fourth line forward, depth defenseman and Caps’ free agent. Now we want you to tell us who you want to see rocking the red next year!

Every weekday we will match two free agents up against one another and present a case for each player. Then you get to vote and decide who advances!

Check out today’s debate:

Region: Capitals free agents

Should the Caps re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly?

2018-19 stats

54 games played with the Caps, 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points, 10:51 TOI

Playoffs: 3 games played with the Caps, no goals, no assists, no points, 9:47 TOI

Hockey-Graph contract projections

2 years, $1,170,523 cap hit

The case for re-signing

There is no question that Smith-Pelly can be inconsistent, but he always seems to bring it in the playoffs. Before his seven-goal performance in the 2018 Cup run, Smith-Pelly was brilliant with the Anaheim Ducks scoring five goals in 12 games back in 2014.

With Carl Hagelin re-signed and players like Jakub Vrana, Christian Djoos and other depth pieces still on the horizon, affordability is pretty much the biggest asset for any free agent available to Washington and it won’t get much more affordable than Smith-Pelly.

Hockey-Graphs can be spot on with some of its projections and outright wrong for others and this case is definitely the latter. Smith-Pelly’s contract for the 2018-19 season was a one-year deal with a cap hit of $1 million. After scoring just eight points and getting demoted to the AHL, there is no way he walks into next season with a two-year deal and a raise. The cap hit is going to be low for Smith-Pelly and that makes him a very attractive choice for the Caps.

Sure, regular season production is an issue, but if you can get a bonafide playoff performer for $1 million or less, that’s a good deal.

The case against re-signing

When the Caps needed to send a player to the minors to free up cap space for Nick Jensen at the trade deadline, the team elected to send Smith-Pelly to Hershey over Dmitrij Jaskin. Jaskin played 37 games last season. That is pretty much all you need to know.

Sure, Smith-Pelly walked into the playoffs and performed well, but he still did not produce. Depth offense is a weakness for the Caps and one they will struggle to address with the little amount of cap space left. You cannot waste that remaining cap space on a player who is going to give you eight points.

Smith-Pelly came into the season in questionable shape, was so ineffective he was sent to the minors and this from a guy who has already bounced around the NHL and who came to Washington after getting bought out by the New Jersey Devils.

On breakdown day, general manager Brian MacLellan said of Smith-Pelly, “Internally we had a couple of issues we had to work through.”

There are just too many red flags here for a Smith-Pelly return.

Who’s your pick? Vote here. 

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