The day is finally upon us. Seven and a half hours from this publishing, the NHL’s Trade Deadline will come and pass. It remains to be seen if GM Lou Lamoriello makes a trade, but I can’t imagine he’s not trying.
And, as of this posting, some pretty big names are still left on the board in Mark Stone and Kevin Hayes (and possibly Artemi Panarin, but it would take a ridiculous offer) in terms of pure rentals. Names like Mike Hoffman and Chris Kreider have been bandied about for players with an extra year on their deal, as well.
- Cal Clutterbuck and the current Islanders roster can probably breathe a little easy at this deadline; as coach Barry Trotz said, he doesn’t expect any “deletions” from the current squad. [Newsday]
- Arthur Staple looks at the remaining options as Deadline Day begins. [Athletic]
- Guess who’s back baby! That’s right, you know it’s gotta be Dennis Seidenberg! [LHH]
- (His signing probably doesn’t mean a whole lot but I’m still nervous he works his way into the regular lineup because intangibles and experience.)
- The Islanders also agreed to terms with AHL goaltender Jeremy Smith — he is now on a two-way contract for the rest of the season, and will have to pass through waivers this morning. [LHH | Islanders]
- The Sound Tigers won their fifth straight by defeating the Hershey Bears 5-1. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off | Sound Tigers]
- The Railers blew two different leads en route to a shootout loss to the Maine Mariners, whom they now trail by four points for the final playoff spot in the North Division. [RailersHC]
- Scottie Upshall makes his writing debut for TSN and assembles a lineup of pests — no surprise, but Clutterbuck makes the team. [TSN]
Yesterday’s NHL scores include a wild back and forth game between the Rangers and Capitals that the Caps took in OT, 6-5, and matchup between the two Tkachuk sons. Matthew and the Flames topped Brady and the Senators 2-1.
- A couple significant trades went down yesterday. The first wasn’t until the evening, after Sunday appeared to be extremely quiet. The Ducks sent young defenseman Brandon Montour to the Sabres for prospect Brandon Guhle and a first round pick. Here are some reactions to that deal. [The Athletic]
- And overnight, Gustav Nyquist was asked to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Sharks, and he obliged. The Red Wings received a second round pick this year and a conditional third rounder for next year. [TSN]
- The bold moves by the Blue Jackets indicate they are serious about making a run this spring. Also, Pierre LeBrun notes that the Islanders are in on Stone to “a lesser degree.” [The Athletic]
- The Flyers players saluted Wayne Simmonds after the outdoor game Saturday night, which seems to imply they think he’s going to be traded after all. [TSN]
- VIDEO: Henrik Lundqvist was asked about Mats Zuccarello after yesterday’s game and broke down in tears when discussing the trade of his close friend. [NY Post]
- Speaking of Zucc, he played his first game as a member of the Stars yesterday and, after recording a goal and an assist, broke his arm blocking a shot and is expected to miss four weeks. Brutal. [Defending Big D]
- The Coyotes retired Shane Doan’s no. 19 when they played the Jets last night. [TSN]