Welcome, yet again, to another edition of “NHL General Managers Pay Ron Francis Exorbitant Prices For Rentals.” If you missed it yesterday:
- Viktor Stalberg packed his bags for Ottawa.
- Ryan Murphy might be packing his bags for destinations unknown.
- Jeff Skinner didn’t play last night and won’t play tonight after returning to Raleigh with an upper-body injury. Already down a forward with Stalberg gone, Brock McGinn was also injured during last night’s game and is unlikely to play tonight.
On Skinner injury, Canes GM Ron Francis had no other update. Skinner did take elbow to the head from Flames' Alex Chiasson on Sunday.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) February 28, 2017
Skinner out and McGinn injured again, call will be made to Charlotte. Probably too soon for the Bryan Bickell return. Nestrasil, Wallmark?— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) March 1, 2017
So, needless to say, buckle up.
Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will meet the media at PNC Arena at 3:00 this afternoon. We’ll cover it live (hopefully with a Facebook Live stream) and will have a recap soon after. The preview for tonight’s game against the Lightning — because, after all, there is order in the universe, and some things are not to be trifled with — will be up later this afternoon.
Until then, stay here as we keep you updated throughout an unpredictable day on Edwards Mill Road and across the league.
- 8:30 a.m.: While you were sleeping, two trades went through: the Sharks picked up Jannik Hansen and the Canadiens somehow got even more unlikeable by trading for Steve Ott.
- 9:40 a.m.: TVA’s Renaud Lavoie drops this minor bombshell. Interesting, indeed.
Hurricanes are looking at what they can get for Teuvo Teravainen. Interesting name out there. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) March 1, 2017
- 10:00 a.m.: Here’s a slightly longer story on the Teravainen rumors. He’s a free agent to be, but a restricted one with no arbitration rights. One would think that if he goes somewhere, it ain’t gonna be for a draft pick.
- 10:05 a.m.: Not trade deadline related, but noteworthy nonetheless: Bob Miller, the Kings’ TV play-by-play man who has been broadcasting Kings games since 1973, is reportedly announcing his retirement this afternoon. He’s been in declining health, but it’s still a shock to a city still reeling from the retirement of Vin Scully earlier this year. Enjoy Chuck and John while you can, because as today will make blindingly clear, they won’t be here forever.
- 10:50 a.m.: A brief reminder from Jamie on why you may be seeing quite a few players sent (at least on paper) to the AHL this afternoon before 3:00:
A reminder... players need to be on AHL team rosters as of 3 pm today in order to be eligible to play in the AHL playoffs.— Jamie Kellner (@jbkellner) March 1, 2017
So wrt Canes callups for tonight's game vs the Lightning, I'm assuming player recall announcements will take place AFTER the 3 pm deadline.— Jamie Kellner (@jbkellner) March 1, 2017
Also may see paper assignments before 3 pm to make a few players on current roster eligible to play in Charlotte.— Jamie Kellner (@jbkellner) March 1, 2017
- 11:55 a.m.: The Panthers, who were reportedly in on Jannik Hansen last night, have picked up Thomas Vanek from the Red Wings for Dylan McIlrath, a former first-rounder now on his third team of the season, and a third-round pick.
- 12:05 p.m.: Waivers have processed for today, and the only player who was claimed was Joseph Cramarossa, who goes from Anaheim to Vancouver. Everyone else cleared, including Eric Fehr, who the Penguins put on waivers and some thought may have been picked up by someone.
- 12:20 p.m.: Dwight King is no longer a member of the Kings, for those of you who enjoy those sort of things. The Canadiens have picked him up for a 2018 fourth-rounder.
- 12:50 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the Kings are on the verge of picking up Jarome Iginla and the Bruins are moving closer on getting Dmitry Kulikov.
- 1:25 p.m.: Now the Iginla deal is official. The Avalanche are receiving a conditional fourth-round pick.
- 1:55 p.m.: Current status:
- 2:05 p.m.: Nothing forces NHL GMs into making deals like a Simpsons GIF: Kyle Quincey to the Blue Jackets with Dalton Prout going to the Devils in return.
- 2:10 p.m.: And another one - the Avalanche have traded a forward to the Eastern Conference! Wait, it’s just Andreas Martinsen to the Canadiens for Sven Andrighetto.
- 2:30 p.m.: Here’s a minor surprise: Pierre LeBrun says that the Lightning have picked up UFA-to-be Mark Streit from the Flyers. The return? Valtteri Filppula, a 4th and a conditional 7th. Plus $5 million in cap space.
- 2:45 p.m.: As expected, Phil Di Giuseppe has been assigned to the Checkers temporarily as a paper transaction to preserve his AHL playoff eligibility. He will be “recalled” at about 3:01 p.m. Once he is recalled, the Canes will have three more non-emergency recalls available to them the remainder of the season.
- 2:50 p.m.: Devils trade P.A. Parenteau to the Predators for a sixth-round pick.
- 2:54 p.m.: And now things are starting to get busy. Curtis Lazar is headed to the Flames with Mike Kostka for Jyrki Jokipakka and a second round pick.
- 3:00 p.m.:
- 3:05 p.m.: Ron Francis just came in. Head to facebook.com/canescountry to watch live.
Canes GM Ron Francis live on the Canes' trade deadline activityPosted by Canes Country on 1hb Mac 2017
- 3:40 p.m.: Well, that was certainly something. We’ll have a recap in a few minutes.
- While Francis was speaking, the following things happened: the Canes recalled Patrick Brown and Andrej Nestrasil; the Blue Jackets picked up Lauri Korpikoski, the Bruins grabbed Drew Stafford, and the Penguins made a double splash, grabbing the aforementioned Mark Streit plus Frankie Corrado.
- We’ll have more coming up later today, plus the usual game preview hijinks in a few minutes, so keep it here and we’ll keep you entertained. Thanks for being a part of our trade deadline coverage - now, next year, let’s see how things are different.