NHL trade deadline rumor tracker: Details on Patrick Kane, Timo Meier, Jakob Chychrun & more

By | February 28, 2023

We are less than a week away from the NHL trade deadline and the rumors keep on swirling. 

One of the craziest times on the hockey calendar is in full swing. While there are still days before the deadline for teams to make a deal, some clubs have already made big splashes. 

We’ve already had a number of major trades in advance of deadline week. Bo Horvat was traded nearly a month ago from the Canucks to the Islanders, while the Blues traded Vladimir Tarasenko to the Rangers and Ryan O’Reilly to the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins acquired defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Capitals just last week. 

And the Sharks moved Timo Meier to the Devils in a massive trade that greatly improved New Jersey. 

MORE: When is the 2023 NHL trade deadline?

As the reports keep flying, The Sporting News has you covered on all the latest NHL trade rumors. 

NHL trade deadline rumors tracker

Hurricanes acquiring Jesse Puljujarvi, Oilers clear cap space

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

The Hurricanes are trading for Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi in exchange for forward Patrik Puistola. Carolina missed out on Timo Meier, but get the 24-year-old Finn who is an RFA at the end of the season. 

The move clears cap space for the Oilers, as the Hurricanes are taking on Puljujarvi’s full contract. 

Oilers looking at Jakob Chychrun, Vladislav Gavrikov

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

Oilers GM Ken Holland continues to address the defenseman market, looking to add to his team’s blue line. He has reportedly been in talks with the Coyotes about Jakob Chychrun, the Blue Jackets about Vladislav Gavrikov, and the Predators about Mattias Ekholm. 

A Patrick Kane trade to the Rangers is coming at some point

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

It’s still hasn’t officially happened, but Patrick Kane to the Rangers seems all but done at this point. It’s now a matter of both teams working out the financials and maximizing the cap space. Some cap hoops being played by the Rangers to fit him in, but he could be a Ranger before the end of the day Tuesday. 

Jakob Chychrun trade talks heating up again

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

The Chychrun era in Arizona has dragged on now for over a year and a half and there is still no resolution. However, an ending could be near. The Kings remain in play for the 24-year-old defenseman, but the Capitals and Hurricanes are reportedly in the mix as well, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period. 

James Van Riemsdyk on the move?

Date: Monday, Feb. 27

It appears as though James Van Riemsdyk’s time in Philly might be over. The 14-year vet is rumored to be on the block and talks are heating up according to ESPN’s Kevin Weekes.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that Van Riemsdyk is now in the “must-watch” spot following the Timo Meier trade.

With several teams looking to get their hands on JVR, the Montreal Canadiens have been reported as a team that may act as a third-party broker to help get a deal done.

Oilers looking to beef up D-line

Date: Monday, Feb. 27

If the Oilers can’t land Erik Karlsson or Jakob Chychrun could they grab Mattias Ekholm? According to TSN’s Darren Dreger Edmonton is in discussion with Nashville on Ekholm.

Will GM Ken Holland push to add to the Oilers’ back end?

Rangers appear to make space for Kane

Date: Monday, Feb. 27

The devil is in the details. After being held out of the Blackhawks’ 4-3 OT win over the Sharks on Saturday, it appears that the Rangers are destined to win the Patrick Kane sweepstakes.

On Sunday night, the Rangers made a small move that has many thinking they’re attempting to open up the necessary cap space to land the Blackhawks star.

Seems like not if but when Kane will end up with the Blueshirts.

Capitals could be a suitor for Jakob Chychrun

Date: Friday, Feb. 24

The Chychrun saga in Arizona continues and at this point, we just want a deal to be done. The Bruins are very likely out after trading for Dmitry Orlov from the Capitals, but that opens up a potential new suitor: Washington. 

With an additional first-round pick to use at their disposal, the Capitals have reportedly poked around on the Coyotes defenseman. They join a long list of teams interested in Chychrun, including the Kings, Oilers, Senators, Blues and Blue Jackets. 

Blackhawks, Rangers continue to discuss Patrick Kane deal

Date: Friday, Feb. 24

Despite acquiring Vladimir Tarasenko earlier, the Rangers are still on the Kane sweepstakes. The team is reportedly trying to make their cap work and needs to clear room before a deal can be done. New York kept forwards Vitali Kravtsov and Jake Leschyshyn out of the lineup on Feb. 23 for “roster management reasons,” which could be indicative of a deal in the works. 

Kane also did not practice on Friday. He was listed as off for a maintenance day. 

Capitals could continue to sell

Date: Friday, Feb. 24

GM Brian MacLellan signaled to the rest of the league that he’s selling with a deal to send Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway to the Bruins. Both were pending UFAs and neither came to terms on an extension with the Capitals. 

Now, there are still nine UFAs on Washington, including forwards Lars Eller and Conor Sheary, and defensemen Nick Jensen and Erik Gustafsson. We will see how active the Caps are after making their initial move with Orlov. 

When is the NHL trade deadline?

  • Date: Friday, March 3
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET

The deadline for teams to make a trade during the 2022-23 NHL season is Friday, March 3. Calls of the trade must be sent to the league office by 3 p.m. ET. 

Clubs are free to make trades at any time before that date.