The clock struck on April 12 at 12:01 a.m.
The clock is now officially ticking.
In less than 15 hours, GM’s teams are going to be on lockdown; the question is: will they be loaded? The 2021 trade deadline has arrived and there is a short window open for trading and transactions. Some of the biggest names are already off the board, but there are still players who can give teams a playoff push.
NHL TRADE TRACKER 2021: List of transactions concluded before the deadline
A number of teams will be looking to send unrestricted free agents soon, while others will be looking to save almighty space. Maybe your team is – new term alert – a “team of brokers”.
Sporting News keeps track of all the latest rumors and exchanges, and gives ratings to those swaps when they occur.
Tracking NHL Trade Deadlines
(All Eastern hours)
1:10 p.m. – The Oilers add a deep defender.
|Oil tankers receive:||Demons receive:|
|Dmitry Kulikov (D)||Conditional fourth-round pick in 2022|
Quality oil: B +
Devils grade: B +
A good shot from Ken Holland as he adds a deep defender to help bolster a blue line that already has Darnell Nurse, Tyson Barrie and Ethan Bear. A good shot from Tom Fitzgerald as he catches a pick for a guy who could have walked in the offseason.
12:57 – Things are starting to improve.
All signs point to Mattias Janmark ending up in Vegas.
Hear that the Blackhawks and Golden Knights are still working on the details. Not yet done but it’s gone if both teams can finalize it.
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
12h54 – Another former Rangers defenseman is said to have headed for Tampa Bay.
Hear Sharks trade Frederik Claesson in Tampa Bay for goalie Magnus Chrona
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
12:37 – Officially official.
|The Canucks receive:||The Blackhawks Receive:|
|Matthew Highmore (F)||Adam Gaudette (F)|
Canucks: B +
Blackhawks: B +
Nice same exchange here with two guys who have advantages.
12:14 – Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Canucks send Adam Gaudette to the Blackhawks for Matthew Highmore.
12:02 – Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston says Vegas might be looking to step up and it could be Ryan Getzlaf. Also adding Jamie Oleksiak is a name that is generating some interest.
11:58 am – Are the Oilers adding a D depth?
11:41 am – John Tortorella says losing Nick Foligno is like “breaking the group”.
11:29 am – Could the Sharks be in the mix?
Pretty calm so far, but I’ve been told the Sharks could try adding depth if it was low cost. They got calls on Kurtis Gabriel too I’m told like @FriedgeHNIC first reported a few days ago.
– Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) April 12, 2021
11:23 – TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports that the Capitals are looking to level up between pipes for the playoffs. The two guys there now, Vitak Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov, are young people without a ton of experience.
10:18 am – Like the waiver thread, goalies are a very popular commodity.
Scott Laughton arousing great interest among suitors. The prospectuses always weigh on the advisability of signing it or exchanging it at this stage.
– Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 12, 2021
10:14 – A first? In this economy?
Hear Anaheim ask for a 1st Plus for Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson. Would consider a better prospect as a first but would like two. #Travel together
– Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) April 12, 2021
10:00 am – Detroit is open for business?
A team to watch today: Detroit. I hear they are up for business and have taken calls from guys like Anthony Mantha (as we previously reported) and Tyler Bertuzzi among others. In addition, they have pending UFAs that they would like to move: Staal, Helm, Glendening, Bernier.
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 12, 2021
9:22 a.m. – Is Connor Garland on the move? Elliotte Friedman mentioned that he was also a guy we talked about on NHL Network.
Coyotes forward Conor Garland (25, FRG) is making the buzz and rightly so, because he’s pretty good. His availability earlier this season was vastly overrated – more on teams calling about him than on purchases. Intrigued to see if that has changed as the deadline rolls around.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 12, 2021
8:03 am – It’s now officially official: Taylor Hall is a Bruin.
|The Bruins receive:||Swords receive:|
|Taylor Hall (F), Curtis Lazar (F)||Anders Bjork (F), 2021 second-round pick|
Grade Bruins: B +
Sabers Grade: D
1h46 – It’s official, but it’s not what you think it is.
|Kings receive:||Penguins receive:|
|Conditional third round pick in 2022, conditional fourth round pick in 2023||Jeff Carter (F)|
* Kings will keep 50% of Carter’s salary.
Kings Rank: B +
Penguins grade: B +
Penguins add West Coast veteran to deadline – it’s very 2020 Patrick Marleau, but Carter brings a few rings with him, unlike Marleau, the future all-time NHL leader in games played. Carter’s best years are behind him, but the 36-year-old can still add depth as a right-handed shooter who can play any spot in the forward squad.
1h30 – The Taylor Hall trade can be done, but nothing has been announced by either team.
12:05 am – It should be noted that Bob McKenzie also dropped this “Bob Bomb” around 10:30 pm.
Could veteran center Jeff Carter be on his way to PIT? LAK and PIT have had discussions about this and should be working to make this happen.
– Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 12, 2021
12:01 am – Just after midnight it happened and all hell broke loose on Twitter.
Confirming. Hall and Lazar in Boston for Bjork and second-round pick.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 12, 2021
Midnight – A quick look at some of the great trades that have taken place:
Midnight – Before breaking everything down, it quickly recaps the big moves that took place in the 48 hours before the official countdown started.
|April 11||Islanders||Braydon Coburn (D)||Senators||Seventh round pick in 2022|
|April 11||maple leaves||David Rittich (L)||Flames||Third-round pick in 2022, keep 50% of Rittich’s contract|
|April 11||Bruins||Mike Reilly (D)||Senators||Third round pick in 2022|
|April 11||maple leaves||Stefan Noesen (F)||the Sharks||Fourth-round pick in 2021, keep 50% of remaining Foligno contract|
|April 11||maple leaves||Nick Foligno (F)||Blue jackets||2021 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick, retain 50% of Foligno contract|
|April 11||Canadians||Jon Merrill (D)||red wings||Hayden Verbeek (F), 2021 fifth round pick|
|April 11||Devils||Jonas Siegenthaler (D)||Capitals||Conditional third-round pick in 2021|
|April 10||Blue jackets||2021 first-round pick, 2022 third-round pick||Lightning||Brian Lashoff (D)|
|April 10||red wings||Fourth-round pick in 2021, DET retains 50% of Savard’s contract||Lightning||David Savard (D)|
|April 10||Blue jackets||Brian Lashoff (R), CBJ retains 50% of Savard’s contract||red wings||David Savard (D)|
|April 10||avalanche||Devan Dubnyk (L)||the Sharks||Greg Pateryn (R), 2021 fifth round pick|
|April 10||Panthers||Brandon Montour (D)||Sabers||Third round pick in 2021|