The 2014 NHL trade deadline is approaching fast, and fans from markets across North America are ecstatic for the rumored deals that could come to fruition before the deadline passes.
With huge stars like New York Islanders scorer Thomas Vanek, Vancouver Canucks power forward Ryan Kesler and newly acquired Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jaroslav Halak all reportedly on the market, what happens before the deadline is the focus of the entire league.
Here is all the vital information for the deadline and where fans can watch all the latest news and updates as the 11th hour approaches.
When: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 3 p.m. EST
Watch: TradeCentre on NHL Network (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST)
Martin St. Louis Back in the Rumor Mill
TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the Rangers and Lightning continue to negotiate a potential deal involving Martin St. Louis as the trade deadline nears:
John Shannon of Sportsnet reiterated:
Islanders Looking to Trade Thomas Vanek
According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Vanek has been traded:
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star reports that Vanek is headed to Montreal:
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN provides more details on the trade:
Thomas Vanek wasn't in Tuesday's lineup for the Islanders against the Jets, and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reporeds on what the team was attempting to do with the left winger:
Dallas Makes a Move for Tim Thomas
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Thomas has been dealt to Dallas:
McKenzie previously reported that while multiple teams were interested in goaltender Tim Thomas, one key detail could make it difficult:
Sabres and Wild Complete Deal:
John Vogl of BuffaloNews.com provides trade details of the deal between the Sabres and Wild:
Roberto Luongo Dealt to Panthers:
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Roberto Luongo has been traded to the Panthers:
TSN's James Duthie provides confirmation from Luongo himself:
Louis Jean of TVA Sports reports that Jacob Markstrom was acquired by the Canucks in the deal:
Katie Strang provides the additional player moved in the swap:
Gord Miller of TSN reports that Luongo's salary will be retained by the Canucks:
Edmonton Moves for Goaltending Help
The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that they have traded for Ilya Bryzgalov from the Minnesota Wild:
Anaheim Testing the Market
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register has the latest on the Anaheim Ducks' action in the trade market:
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN is reporting that a deal is close to completion, but not official yet:
In another move, Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that the Ducks have moved Dustin Penner to Washington:
The team confirmed the deal in a release:
The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Anaheim’s fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, previously acquired by Washington, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times had more info on the Penner deal:
Stephens is also reporting that the Ducks have move Viktor Fasth to Edmonton:
Darren Dreger of TSN had more information on the deal:
David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports that the Ducks may not be done making deals yet:
Andrew McDonald to Flyers:
The Islanders provide official details of the trade that sent Andrew McDonald to Philadelphia:
Devin Setoguchi Returning to Sharks?
TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there has been a discussion about Devin Setoguchi returning to the Sharks:
Canadiens Land Defensive Help
The Montreal Canadiens have confirmed their deal for defenseman Mike Weaver:
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday the acquisition of defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Ryan Kesler to Philadelphia?
According to Frank Seravalli of The Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers are in the mix for the Canucks' Ryan Kesler:
Two league sources told the Daily News that the Flyers have tabled a "substantial offer” to try and pry Kesler from the Canucks. They have also asked about acquiring Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler, who is reportedly on the market, as part of a larger trade - though that combined price is steep.
At this point, a little more than 24 hours shy of Wednesday’s 3 o’clock finish line, any deal of this magnitude seems rather unlikely. There are numerous obstacles in the way
Ryan Callahan, Staying or Going?
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Ryan Callahan is facing a major crossroads as the trade deadline approaches:
Martin Brodeur to Minnesota?
Rich Chere of the Star Ledger and NJ.com confirmed the Wild have denied a potential move for Brodeur:
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune later provided additional insight surrounding a potential move for Brodeur to the Wild:
Mark Spector of Sportsnet previously commented on the link between Brodeur and the Wild:
Larry Brooks of The New York Post has more on the potential deal, that seems unlikely to happen at this point:
Rangers Interested in Alex Hemsky and Ryan Callahan?
Mark Spector of Sportsnet has the latest on possible interest in Alex Hemsky from the New York Rangers:
TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that Ryan Callahan and the Rangers are nearing an agreement:
Teams Making Moves for Marian Gaborik:
Aaron Potzline of The Columbus Dispatch provides the latest on interest surrounding Marian Gaborik:
Matt Moulson on the Move?
Matt Moulson wasn't at the morning skate on Monday for the Buffalo Sabres, according to John Vogl of The Buffalo News:
However, coach Ted Nolan says that the morning skate was optional and that Moulson will be in the lineup (via the Sabres):
Moulson has been a target of interest across the league as Chris Botta of SportsBusinessJournal.com reported in February:
Brian Lawton reports more info on Moulson's price:
Jason Spezza Staying Put?
David Pagnotta of TheFourthPeriod.com has the latest on the trade market for Jason Spezza:
Christian Ehrhoff to Detroit?
TSN's Darren Dreger reports Christian Ehrhoff is receiving interest from the Red Wings:
Thomas Vanek on His Way out of New York?
The New York Islanders acquired scoring forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season for Matt Moulson, a 2014 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick, and the hope was that the franchise could sign him to a long-term deal.
The Fourth Period reports that Vanek will be on the move:
The New York Islanders are currently mulling over offers for left wing Thomas Vanek and are currently negotiating with multiple teams, TFP has learned.
The Islanders will be trading Vanek before Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline, and GM Garth Snow is trying to obtain the biggest return for one of the most season's most coveted players.
Chris Botta of The New York Times reports that the Penguins are frontrunners for Vanek:
He also says all remains silent on the Ducks and Islanders front:
After Vanek turned down a contract extension worth $50 million over seven years, it became clear that he wanted to test the open market as a free agent. That will force New York to deal the newly acquired forward before the deadline.
According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, “A half-dozen teams have asked Snow about Vanek, who has no goals and three assists in his last eight games.”
Despite Vanek’s recent skid, there is no discounting the offensive prowess of the former Sabres first-round pick. He has scored 25 or more goals in seven seasons during his career and has reached the 40-goal plateau twice.
With plenty of teams looking to add offensive firepower before the deadline to boost the chances of making a deep run at a Stanley Cup, expect a perennial playoff contender like the Los Angeles Kings that need depth at forward to pull the trigger on a possible deal for Vanek.
Predicted Landing Spot: Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Kesler Drawing Interest from Pittsburgh?
Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has been one of the most popular names rumored to be on the move before the deadline, but there are conflicting reports about whether or not he asked to be traded.
Louis Jean of TVA Sports claims Kesler voiced his displeasure and has requested to be dealt, while Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report was told by Kesler’s manager that his client is not forcing his way out of town.
Whatever the truth is, teams are very interested in Kesler’s services.
According to a report from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins are interested in adding center depth, scoring prowess and the tenacity that Kesler brings to the ice every night:
Kesler had missed Vancouver’s first game after the Olympic break while recovering from an injury, but he scored a shorthanded goal in his return to action and proved why he is one of the hottest commodities on the market.
The struggles for many of the top stars on the Canucks have hurt the team’s chances of making a deep postseason run, but the effort of Kesler has never been a question. If Vancouver is thinking to the future, moving Kesler at the deadline would likely yield the richest return.
With the playoffs within reach, though, the Canucks won’t part with Kesler.
Predicted Landing Spot: Vancouver Canucks
Buffalo’s Jaroslav Halak on the Move Again?
The St. Louis Blues are one of the best teams in the NHL, and the franchise only got better when it traded starting goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran Ryan Miller.
The Sabres are now reportedly trying to trade Halak.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Wild would be an ideal trade destination if the sides could agree on the terms of a deal:
Murray is now trying to trade Halak to the Wild. He’s 28, in the last year of his contract and was 24-9-4 with the Blues with a 2.23 goals-against average. But some inside the Wild worry he was a product of the Blues’ stingy system and there’s a reason St. Louis felt Miller, not Halak, was the final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle.
There is no questioning the validity of the concerns from the brass in the Wild organization about Halak’s future, but with starter Josh Harding dealing with complications from his multiple sclerosis, Minnesota needs to add depth at that position.
Halak will be an inexpensive addition who has shared the starting job throughout his career and will flourish in the Wild’s defense-first game plan.
Predicted Landing Spot: Minnesota Wild