The trade deadline is six hours away. Will the Hurricanes make a big splash or stand pat? Stay tuned here, where we’ll have details on all the major trades going down across the league today. Should the Canes get in on the action we’ll report who they got, who they traded, and the impact it will have as they continue their amazing stretch run.
In the meantime, the Canes will practice at PNC today at 11:00 am as they prepare for a home return against the LA Kings tomorrow night. Following the 3:00 pm (ET) deadline, Don Waddell will likely schedule time to speak with the media.
As a reminder, for players to be eligible for the AHL playoffs, they must be on an AHL roster as of 3:00 pm today. More than likely, the two players that do not require waivers and are eligible to play in the AHL, Warren Foegele and Saku Maenalanen, will be part of a paper transaction that assigns them to Charlotte today and then immediately recalls them. If you’re wondering about Greg McKegg, who was recalled from Charlotte earlier this season, the Canes would have had to place him on waivers yesterday in order to assign him today, and they did not do that, so he will not be eligible to play in the Checkers’ postseason.
And what about Andrei Svechnikov? Since he was drafted out of the OHL and is still technically eligible to play junior hockey, he cannot be sent to Charlotte (even as a paper transaction) and he won’t be able to play in the AHL playoffs as a result.
The trolls can get a little crazy out there on social media today, so a friendly reminder if you’re on twitter, always look for the blue check mark, and check for the tweet date on retweets and quote tweets.
There’s plenty to read while we’re playing hurry up and wait.
- Henrik Lundqvist’s emotions got the better of him as he recalled his friendship with the recently-traded Mats Zuccarello [NHL.com].
- Then Dallas Stars fans got a little emotional after Zuccarello broke his arm blocking a shot less than 24 hours after being traded [Defending Big D].
- Two former Canes made the news yesterday by landing deadline NHL contracts. Lee Stempniak was signed by the Bruins for the remainder of their season. Stempniak had previously practiced with the Bruins and had recently signed a PTO with their AHL Providence Bruins. After signing the NHL contract, Stempniak was placed on waivers so he could be assigned to Providence [Bruins.com].
- There is no official team press release, but reports have confirmed Dennis Seidenberg was signed to an NHL contract by the Islanders after practicing with the team this season under a PTO [Lighthouse Hockey].
Tom Kuhnhackl once said during an IIHF tournament for Germany, Dennis Seidenberg wore a suit with a dress shirt that had no sleeves because his arms were so jacked.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) February 25, 2019
I really have no reason for bringing this up other than they’re now teammates in the NHL. https://t.co/uQIYsvBF60
- In former Charlotte Checkers news, goaltender Jeremy Smith was also signed by the Islanders to a two-way deal for the remainder of the season [NYI.com].
- The Sabres acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for prospect Brendan Guhle and - wait for it - a first round draft pick [Die By The Blade].
- The Sharks acquired forward Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 second rounder and a 2020 conditional third [Fear The Fin].
- The Penguins got 99 problems and goaltending is one [The Athletic $].
- When you rent a private plane so you can relocate your family before the next game.
- Last night the Arizona Coyotes raised No. 19 to the rafters, honoring former captain Shane Doan as both player and ambassador [AZSports].
- Finally, USA Today talked to Tom Dundon about owning a hockey team and a football team and here’s what he had to say [USA Today].
Trade Updates Throughout the Day
- 10:55 am Kevin Hayes to the Jets
TRADE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 25, 2019
To Winnipeg #NHLJets:
F Kevin Hayes
To New York #Rangers:
F Brendan Lemieux
2019 1st RD pick (WPG)
2019 4th RD pick (WPG) *conditional
*Condition: The pick transfers to NY only if Winnipeg wins the Stanley Cup this season. https://t.co/pOmLyOX15A
- (sorry for missing this earlier) Noted Canes killer and emoji tweeter Keith Kinkaid stays in the division, traded by the Devils to the Blue Jackets for a future late rounder.
- 11:30 am Weal for Chaput
- 12:30 pm: The Hurricanes get in on the action, sending Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations and acquiring Tomas Jurco from the Florida organization for future considerations. Why two separate deals? You can’t trade an AHL contract (Jurco) for an NHL deal (Pu), so “future considerations” had to get involved, even though it’s mostly a technicality. The considerations in the trades are simply the other player in the other deal.
- 1:45 pm - Florida man switches locker rooms: Panthers forward Derick Brassard, already in Colorado for a game tonight, is heading down the hall to join the Avalanche.
The full deal: Brassard and a conditional sixth RD pick in 2020 to Colorado in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020. If Brassard re-signs with Colorado, the Avs no longer get the sixth-round pick from Florida.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2019
- 2:00 pm - The Blue Jackets are on the move again, acquiring defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Rangers (CapFriendly later updated their details to add defenseman Julius Bergman also being sent to the Rangers).
- And, they’re down to two picks in this year’s draft.
#CBJ now have just a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick (originally Calgary’s) in this year’s draft.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 25, 2019
- 2:15 pm - As expected, both Warren Foegele and Saku Maenelanen have been assigned to the Checkers, a paperwork formality so they are eligible for their playoffs. Presumably they’ll be recalled back after the deadline has passed.
- 2:40 pm - The Flames add defensive depth
- 2:45 pm - Fifteen minutes to go... Details to follow; the Predators and Wild have swapped forwards. (update, the trade is one-for-one)
Mikael Granlund from Minnesota to Nashville for Kevin Fiala.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 25, 2019
- 3:00 pm - Vegas wins the Mark Stone sweepstakes.
There were about as many trades booked after 3:00 pm as there were before, here’s a summary and check CapFriendly for more details.
- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was dealt to the Predators in exchange for forward Ryan Hartman and a 2020 conditional fourth round pick.
- The Bruins acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Devils in exchange for a 2019 second round pick and a 2020 fourth round pick (Devils retain salary).
- The Penguins made a one-for-one player trade with the Canucks acquiring defenseman Erik Gudbranson for forward Tanner Pearson.
- The Jets made four trades: forward Par Lindholm from the Leafs in exchange for center Nicolas Petan, forward Matt Hendricks from the Wild in exchange for a 2020 seventh round pick, defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich from the Panthers for a 2021 seventh round pick, and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Sabres in exchange for a 2019 sixth round pick.
- The Blues acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Ducks in exchange for a 2019 sixth round pick.