The clock has hit 12:01 a.m. on April 12.
The clock is now officially ticking.
In less than 15 hours, GMs’ teams are going to be locked; the question is: Will they be loaded? The 2021 trade deadline is here and there’s a short window open for wheelin’ and dealin’. Some of the biggest names are already off the board but there are still players out there who can give teams a postseason push.
NHL TRADE TRACKER 2021: List of deals completed before the deadline
A number of teams will be looking to send soon-to-be unrestricted free agents packing while others will be looking to save almighty cap space. Maybe your team is — new term alert — a “broker team.”
Sporting News is keeping track of all the latest rumors and trades, and giving those swaps grades when they happen.
NHL trade deadline tracker
(All times Eastern)
2:45 p.m. — Things happening as the last few minutes tick off.
Erik Gustafsson to MON
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 12, 2021
2:41 p.m. — Panthers getting playoff Sam Bennett?
Hearing Sam Bennett to FLA
— Ryan Leslie (@ryanlesliemedia) April 12, 2021
2:18 p.m. — Less than an hour to go in the trade deadline but a friendly reminder deals can still come down after 3 p.m.
2:17 p.m. — Bob McKenzie says the Canucks are also looking to move Jordie Benn.
Besides Gaudette, other Canuck name we’ve heard all season in trade reports is Jake Virtanen. Continues to be chatter, but with an hour until deadline it looks like he’s staying in Vancouver.
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacSportsnet) April 12, 2021
2:12 p.m. — Blackhawks move Soderberg and get Brian Rolston’s kid in the deal.
|Avalanche receive:||Blackhawks receive:|
|Carl Soderberg (F)||Ryder Rolston (F), Josh Dickinson (F)|
2:11 p.m. — Laughton, a center, is reportedly staying put in Philly.
It sounds like Scott Laughton has a new deal in Philadelphia.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 12, 2021
1:48 p.m. — One name off the trade board: Alex Iafallo. Kings signed the forward to a four-year contract extension ($4 million AAV).
1:31 p.m. — More depth defensemen moving.
|Lightning receive:||Sharks receive:|
|Fredrik Claesson (D)||Magnus Chrona (G)|
1:10 p.m. — The Oilers add a depth defenseman.
|Oilers receive:||Devils receive:|
|Dmitry Kulikov (D)||2022 conditional fourth-round pick|
Oilers grade: B+
Devils grade: B+
A good move by Ken Holland as he adds a depth defenseman to help bolster a blue line that already has Darnell Nurse, Tyson Barrie and Ethan Bear. A good move by Tom Fitzgerald as he nabs a pick for a guy who could have walked in the offseason.
12:57 p.m. — Things are starting to pick up.
All signs point to Mattias Janmark ending up in Vegas.
Hearing that the Blackhawks and Golden Knights still working on the details. Not done yet but headed that way if both teams can finalize it.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
12:54 p.m. — Another ex-Rangers defenseman reportedly heading to Tampa Bay.
Hearing the Sharks trade Frederik Claesson to Tampa Bay for goalie prospect Magnus Chrona
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 12, 2021
12:37 p.m. — Officially official.
|Canucks receive:||Blackhawks receive:|
|Matthew Highmore (F)||Adam Gaudette (F)|
Pretty even swap here with two guys that have some upside.
12:14 p.m. — Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports Canucks are sending Adam Gaudette to the Blackhawks for Matthew Highmore.
12:02 p.m. — Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston says Vegas could be looking to make a move and that it could be Ryan Getzlaf. Also adds Jamie Oleksiak is a name piquing some interest.
11:58 a.m. — Are the Oilers adding a depth D?
11:41 a.m. — John Tortorella says losing Nick Foligno is like “breaking up the band.”
11:29 a.m. — Could the Sharks be in the mix?
Pretty quiet so far but I was told that the Sharks could try to add some depth if it’s at a low cost. They’ve gotten some calls on Kurtis Gabriel, too, I’m told, as @FriedgeHNIC first reported a couple days ago.
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) April 12, 2021
11:23 a.m. — TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports the Capitals are looking to upgrade between the pipes for the postseason. The two guys there now, Vitak Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov, are youngsters with not a ton of experience.
10:18 a.m. — Flyers centerman drawing interest.
Scott Laughton drawing strong interest from contenders. Flyers still weighing whether to sign or trade him at this point.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 12, 2021
10:14 a.m. — A first? In this economy?
Hearing Anaheim asking for a 1st-Plus for both Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson. Would consider a top prospect as a 1st but would want two. #Flytogether
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) April 12, 2021
10:00 a.m. — Detroit is open for business?
A team to keep an eye on today: Detroit. I’m hearing they’re open for business, and have taken calls on guys like Anthony Mantha (as we previous reported) and Tyler Bertuzzi, among others. Plus they have pending-UFAs they’d like move: Staal, Helm, Glendening, Bernier.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 12, 2021
9:22 a.m. — Is Connor Garland on the move? Elliotte Friedman mentioned he’s a guy being talked about on NHL Network too.
There’s buzz about Coyotes forward Conor Garland (25, RFA) and rightfully so, because he’s quite good. His availability earlier this season was greatly overstated – more about teams calling about him than being shopped. Intrigued to see if that’s changed as deadline arrives.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 12, 2021
8:03 a.m. — It’s now officially official: Taylor Hall is a Bruin.
|Bruins receive:||Sabres receive:|
|Taylor Hall (F), Curtis Lazar (F)||Anders Bjork (F), 2021 second-round pick|
Bruins grade: B+
Sabres grade: D
1:46 a.m. — It’s official, but it’s not the one you think.
|Kings receive:||Penguins receive:|
|2022 conditional third-round pick, 2023 conditional fourth-round pick||Jeff Carter (F)|
*Kings will retain 50 percent of Carter’s salary.
Kings grade: B+
Penguins grade: B+
The Penguins add a veteran from the West Coast at the deadline — it’s very 2020 Patrick Marleau but Carter brings a couple of rings with him, unlike Marleau, the soon-to-be NHL all-time leader in games played. Carter’s best years are behind him but the 36-year-old can still add depth as a right-handed shot who can play any spot in the forward group.
1:30 a.m — The Taylor Hall trade may be done, but nothing has been announced by either team.
12:05 a.m. — It should be noted that Bob McKenzie dropped this “Bob’s Bomb” around 10:30 p.m., too.
Could veteran centre Jeff Carter be on his way to PIT? LAK and PIT have had discussions on that and are believed to be working towards making that happen.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 12, 2021
12:01 a.m. — Just after midnight, this came down and all hell broke loose on Twitter.
Confirming. Hall and Lazar to Boston for Bjork and 2nd round draft pick.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 12, 2021
Midnight — A quick breakdown of a few of the big trades that have occurred:
Midnight — Before we break everything down, he’s a quick recap of the big moves that came down in the 48 hours before the official countdown began.
|April 11||Islanders||Braydon Coburn (D)||Senators||2022 seventh-round pick|
|April 11||Maple Leafs||David Rittich (G)||Flames||2022 third-round pick, retain 50 percent of Rittich’s contract|
|April 11||Bruins||Mike Reilly (D)||Senators||2022 third-round pick|
|April 11||Maple Leafs||Stefan Noesen (F)||Sharks||2021 fourth-round pick, retain 50 percent of Foligno’s remaining contract|
|April 11||Maple Leafs||Nick Foligno (F)||Blue Jackets||2021 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick, retain 50 percent of Foligno’s contract|
|April 11||Canadiens||Jon Merrill (D)||Red Wings||Hayden Verbeek (F), 2021 fifth-round pick|
|April 11||Devils||Jonas Siegenthaler (D)||Capitals||2021 conditional third-round pick|
|April 10||Blue Jackets||2021 first-round pick, 2022 third-round pick||Lightning||Brian Lashoff (D)|
|April 10||Red Wings||2021 fourth-round pick, DET retains 50 percent of Savard’s contract||Lightning||David Savard (D)|
|April 10||Blue Jackets||Brian Lashoff (D), CBJ retains 50 percent of Savard’s contract||Red Wings||David Savard (D)|
|April 10||Avalanche||Devan Dubnyk (G)||Sharks||Greg Pateryn (D), 2021 fifth-round pick|
|April 10||Panthers||Brandon Montour (D)||Sabres||2021 third-round pick|