The Carolina Hurricanes’ trade deadline roadmap took a sharp detour over the weekend after losing three key players to injuries, all of which could be long term. How that affects today’s actions will play out over the course of the day and we’re here to report it, along with details of other major trades and transactions across the league.
The Canes will practice at PNC at 11:00 am as they prepare for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars. Alex Nedeljkovic and Anton Forsberg, recalled from the Checkers yesterday, are expected to be there, and hopefully we’ll get updates on the status of James Reimer, Petr Mrazek, and Brett Pesce.
Following the 3:00 pm (ET) trade deadline, expect Don Waddell to speak with the media. Brian will be at PNC Arena to cover his comments about the day’s events.
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. Expect Nedeljkovic and Forsberg to be part of a paper transaction to assign them back to Charlotte after practice and to immediately recall them after the deadline. Martin Necas is eligible to be sent to Charlotte without waivers, and the Canes may choose to assign/recall him to make him available for post-season play there. As far as we can tell and as crazy as it sounds, Andrei Svechnikov is still not eligible to be assigned to the AHL because at age 19 he’s still eligible to play for the OHL’s Barrie Colts.
And one more friendly reminder... The twitter trolls love fake news and disruptions on deadline day, so always look for the blue check mark for verified sources, and double-check the tweet date on retweets and quote tweets.
- If today is like most trade deadline days, there’s plenty of hurry up and wait, so if you missed it the first time around or want to DVR it, Fox Sports Carolinas is re-airing Saturday’s game. [FSC]
- The 2021 Winter Classic is official: Minnesota Wild vs. St. Blues at Target Field. [Wild.com]
- Frank Seravalli’s take on the Canes at the deadline. [TSN]
- We can’t get enough of the David Ayres story! Here’s the perspective of Canes goalie coach Jason Muzzatti as they navigated Saturday night’s emergency. [Canes.com]
- From receiving a kidney transplant to becoming an unlikely hero, more on how the legend unfolded. [Canes.com]
- On why the NHL’s well-intentioned EBUG system still needs some serious tweaks. [In Goal Magazine]
- The media extravaganza has begun.
A sampling from the first two days of the Dave Ayres Media Tour. pic.twitter.com/sLrlUrOrzY— Hurricanes PR (@CanesPR) February 24, 2020
- Note that last bullet: Flight to Raleigh. Ayres will make his way here on Monday, where he’ll be honored by the city of Raleigh on Tuesday, also known as “Dave Ayres Day”, then he’ll be in the building and on the siren for the game against the Stars, affording fans the opportunity to give him a rousing welcome and thanks. Find all the details here: [NHL.com]
- Meanwhile his goalie stick will be headed in a different direction.
Beautifully written Michael. I can confirm that the stick David Ayres used during the game is going to the @HockeyHallFame. HHOF officials were onsite last night; David was thrilled to donate it. Should be on display soon! @35Ayres @Canes @MichaelFarber3 https://t.co/UCn20d28dg— Kelly Masse (@KellyHockeyHall) February 23, 2020
- This story’s reach has been out of this world.
With 106,704 views/clicks last week, we believe David Ayres is the most clicked player profile ever during a single week.— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) February 24, 2020
This is such a great story. The NHL just got a new hockey fan. Me! https://t.co/wloBOSbA37— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 24, 2020
- And a good note to end on.
Thank you everyone for such tremendous love and support, I am (we are) beyond touched at those who reached out and all the positivity.— Sarah Ayres (@35Ayres) February 24, 2020
This is why this game is the greatest! ❤️
Trade Deadline Tracker
We’ll post major trades and other deadline activity here throughout the day, so check back and/or refresh often.
- Defenseman Zach Bogosian, who became an unrestricted free agent Saturday after his contract was terminated by the Sabres, was signed by the Lightning to a one-year, $1.3m contract. [link]
- The Capitals acquired Ilya Kovalchuk from the Canadiens in exchange for a 2020 third round draft pick. The Canadiens retained 50% of Kovalchuk’s league-minimum ($700k) salary and cap hit in the deal. [link]
- The Oilers acquired defenseman Mike Green from the Red Wings in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick in either 2020 or 2021. The Red Wings are retaining 50% of Green’s salary. The draft pick is either a fourth round pick in 2020 or a third round pick in 2021, depending on the Oilers’ and Green’s performance in the playoffs. [link]
- Looks like TSN needed a little unexpected help to get their trade deadline broadcast going this morning.
#TradeCentre needed an emergency backup today... .— TSN (@TSN_Sports) February 24, 2020
Here we go! Catch our coverage live across TSN1/4/5. Who do you want to see get dealt? pic.twitter.com/Ru3kxE5wqu
- 9:45 am - The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2021 fourth round draft pick.
- 10:00 am - The Islanders acquire Jean-Gabriel Pageau. We’ll let CapFriendly explain this one.
TRADE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 24, 2020
To NY #Islanders:
F Jean-Gabriel Pageau
To Ottawa #Senators:
2020 1st RD pick (NYI) conditional*
2020 2nd RD pick (NYI)
2022 3rd RD pick (NYI) conditional**
* will go to 2021 if NYI picks top 3 in 2020
** transferred if NYI wins the SC in 2020https://t.co/pOmLyOX15A
- 10:35 am Florida Man Gets New Address: The Hurricanes pulled off a deadline-day blockbuster, picking up Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers while sending Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark and two prospects to Sunrise.
- 11:00 am Flyers acquire forward Nate Thompson from the Canadiens in exchange for a 2021 fifth round draft pick. [link]
- Hurricanes Legend Patrick Marleau is on his way to the Penguins in exchange for a conditional third round draft pick to the Sharks that becomes a second round pick if the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. [link]
- The Predators have re-signed forward Rocco Grimaldi to a two-year, $4 million contract. [link]
- 11:30 am The Rangers have re-signed Chris Kreider to a seven-year, $6.5m AAV contract extension. [link]
- The Avalanche have acquired goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Calle Rosen. [link]
- The Ducks have traded forward Derek Grant to the Flyers in exchange for forward Kyle Criscuolo and a 2020 fourth round draft pick. [pending trade call]
- 12:00 pm The Devils have traded forward Wayne Simmonds to the Sabres for a 2021 conditional fifth round draft pick. New Jersey retains 50% of Simmonds’ salary. The draft pick becomes a fourth round pick if Simmonds plays in 10 games and [don’t laugh] the Sabres make the playoffs. [link]
- 12:30 pm The Bruins have acquired forward Nick Ritchie from the Ducks in exchange for forward Danton Heinen. [link]
- The Canadiens have acquired forward Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 seventh round pick from the Senators in exchange for forward Matthew Peca. [link].
- 1:15 pm Forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner are on their way to Edmonton, going back to Detroit are Sam Gagner, a second-round pick in the 2020 draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft. [link]
- 2:00 pm The Islanders acquired Jean-Gabriel Pageau earlier today from the Senators, and have now signed him to a six-year contract extension, $5m AAV. [link]
- The Kings traded defenseman Derek Forbort to the Flames. [link]
- The Oilers acquired forward Tyler Ennis from the Senators in exchange for a 2021 fifth round draft pick. [link]
- The Flames acquired defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the Blackhawks. [pending trade call]
- 2:30 pm The Penguins re-acquired forward Conor Sheary, along with forward Evan Rodrigues, from the Sabres in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun. [link]
- The Stars send defenseman Emil Djuse to the Panthers in exchange for a 2020 sixth round pick (from Buffalo). [link]
After The Buzzer
As is typical, it took the league a while to sort through everything today so the trade announcements continued long after 3:00 pm. Here are the highlights on a day of record trade deadline activity.
- The Golden Knights acquired forward Nick Cousins from the Canadiens in exchange for a 2021 fourth round draft pick. [link]
- The Capitals traded defenseman Christian Djoos to the Ducks in exchange for forward Daniel Sprong. [link]
- The Ducks traded defenseman Korbinian Holzer to the Predators in exchange for defenseman Matt Irwin and a 2022 sixth round draft pick [link].
- The Flames acquired defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the Blackhawks for a conditional 2020 third round pick, and acquired defenseman Derek Forbort from the Kings for a conditional 2021 fourth round draft pick. The Kings retain 25% of Forbort’s salary ($631k). [link]
- The Blue Jackets acquired forward Devin Shore from the Ducks in exchange for forward Sonny Milano. [link]
- The Sharks traded forward Barclay Goodrow and the Flyers’ 2020 third round pick to the Lightning in exchange for Anthony Greco and the Lightning’s 2020 first round draft pick. [link]
- In a three way trade, the Blackhawks sent goaltender Robin Lehner to the Maple Leafs, retaining 50% of Lehner’s salary ($2.5m). The Leafs then traded him to the Golden Knights, retaining 22% ($1.1m) of Lehner’s salary, along with signing rights to Martins Dzierkals. The Golden Knights then sent a 2020 fifth round draft pick back to the Leafs, and sent goaltender Malcolm Subban, a 2020 second round draft pick, and signing rights to Slava Demin back to the Blackhawks. [link]
- Finally, the Canes wrap up the day with trades to acquire defensemen Sami Vatanin and Brady Skjei.