CSB 2024 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker: Live Updates

Welcome to the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline, where teams make their last-ditch pushes to either upgrade their rosters, or replenish assets for future seasons. A lot of the action has already gone down, but there is still time for big moves to go down. Follow along with Canada Sports Betting as we scour the hockey landscape to provide you the latest updates.

The 2023/24 NHL Trade Deadline is officially on March 8th, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Some trades that just barely beat the wire for official submission could take extra minutes or even hours to make it to public consumption, though, so give yourself a little extra anticipation time.

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2024 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog

Vegas Strikes Again, Lands Hertl

The Vegas Golden Knights lean fully into the evil empire persona, making one more big swing before the cutoff, acquiring Sharks forward Tomas Hertl. The 30-year-old Hertl has been a perennial 60-70 point threat for several years now and has six years remaining after this one at $8.14 million.

Vegas will also get two third-round picks with Hertl, who comes with partial salary retention (17%). They’ll send David Edstrom and a 1st round pick back the other way.

Hertl is recovering from a knee injury, and in perfect Vegas fashion, will likely be ready just in time to join them for the playoffs.

That’s A Wrap!

A few minor trades have come in at the dying seconds, including some involving Canadian teams. Thank you for following our coverage and if you want to see our look at how Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and/or Winnipeg did, and get ready for this weekend’s NHL action, check out this weekend’s edition of HNIC Coast to Coast!

Previous Updates

Senators, Maple Leafs Impacted By Waiver Wire

Yesterday’s waiver wire results have come through and Canada is impacted by the results. First, the Ottawa Senators claim Boris Katchouk from the Chicago Blackhawks. Katchouk, originally drafted by Tampa Bay, has 9 points in 38 games this year playing on the wing. He was traded to Chicago in the Brandon Hagel deal.

Toronto, meanwhile, loses William Lagesson to the Anaheim Ducks. Lagesson has appeared on Torontos’ blue line in about half of their games this year, putting up four points. Lagesson was waived to make room for the acquisitions of Ilya Lyubuskin and Joel Edmundson.

Outside of Ontario, Tobias Bjornfot, a 22-year-old defenceman, was claimed by Florida from Vegas. Vegas previously claimed him from Los Angeles, who drafted him with Toronto’s 2019 1st round pick acquired in the Jake Muzzin deal.

Habs Move Jake Allen To New Jersey

After months of speculation, the New Jersey Devils have acquired a goaltender. Jake Allen hasn’t had the greatest year, posting a 6-12-3 record with a 3.65 GAA and 0.892 save percentage, but he’s a known veteran quality and frankly, the goalie market has been rigid in recent months. New Jersey came into the year thinking that one or multiple of Connor Hellebuyck, Juuse Saros, or Jacob Markstrom would shake out for a big game hunt, but it didn’t materialize.

Going back the other way is a third-round pick with a condition that could escalate to a second.

Flyers Making Moves In The Afternoon

The Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators swapped wingers this afternoon, with Wade Allison going to the Music City for Denis Gurianov. Allison has struggled with injuries in recent years but gets a fresh start with this deal, while Philadelphia lands as Gurianov’s fourth NHL team in the past three years. Once a well-hyped prospect with Dallas who had what was thought to be a breakout year in 2019/20, the 26-year-old has sputtered since. Both Allison and Gurianov have spent most of this year in the AHL.

Shortly after, it was announced that the Flyers were acquiring Erik Johnson from the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Sharks, Wings Make Move

The Red Wings bolster their defensive depth a bit while San Jose takes their own chance on a project player, as Detroit trades Klim Kostin to the Sharks for Radim Simek and a 7th-round pick. Simek, a 31-year-old left-shot defenceman, has 16 points in 40 games and is an upcoming UFA. Kostin was acquired by Detroit in the summer from Edmonton.

Jason Zucker Moves to Nashville

Once an A++ trade deadline acquisition, Jason Zucker still finds himself to be a coveted veteran. The Nashville Predators acquired him today for a sixth-round draft pick, in a buy that would’ve been a surprise a few weeks back. Nashville has been great of late, however, and sees a potential wildcard spot in their sights. They’re also big believers in establishing culture and likely figure that with the draft lottery now unlikely, the experience Zucker brings to their room will likely carry value regardless of how far they go.

Bevy Of Small Tweaks At Lunchtime

A handful of minor moves have come through the wire in the past hour. The Rangers are the most active of the bunch, acquiring Chad Ruwedel from Pittsburgh for a 2027 fourth-round pick, and Nic Petan from Minnesota for forward Turner Elson. Ben Meyers has been acquired by the Anaheim Ducks, as they send the Colorado Avalanche a 2024 fifth-round pick in return.

Okposo Heads to South Beach

The Florida Panthers have acquired Kyle Okposo from the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo, who was Buffalo’s captain and has been with the team for the past eight years, specifically wanted to go to the Panthers and the Sabres did right by him in facilitating it. The return is a seventh-round pick that can escalate to a fifth depending on how deep the Panthers go.

Maroon Headed To Beantown

The Boston Bruins have acquired Patrick Maroon from the Minnesota Wild, per various reports. Maroon, who joined the Wild in a trade last summer, is a veteran physical presence who has a ton of playoff experience, including four consecutive runs to the Stanley Cup final between 2019 and 2022, three of which ended in rings. The 35-year-old is a bit slower than what they’re used to having in the lineup, but that pedigree makes him an intriguing depth option.

Maroon has 4 goals and 16 points in 49 games this year, which is already an improvement on his totals from last season.

Toffoli Traded To Jets

TSN is reporting that the Winnipeg Jets have acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the New Jersey Devils. Winnipeg is giving up a second and third-round pick.

Malcolm Subban Heads To Columbus

In a minor move, the Blue Jackets have acquired netminder Malcolm Subban for future considerations. Subban, who last played in the NHL in 2021/22, is an above-average veteran netminder at the AHL level, so this move is likely made with the Cleveland Monsters in mind.

Eberle To Stay Put In Seattle

Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek is reporting that the Seattle Kraken is likely to be extending forward Jordan Eberle, opting for a two-year deal instead of moving him on today’s market.

The 33-year-old joined the Kraken as their expansion draft pick from the New York Islanders and has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 58 games this season. Prior to his three seasons in Seattle and four on Long Island, Eberle was best known for his seven seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and success with the Canadian national team.

Eberle, who is closing in on his 1000th game, 300th goal, 400th assist, and 700th point all at the same time, would’ve been an intriguing veteran presence for a team looking to go on a playoff run, but Seattle appears to prefer having him around. The reported terms of the extension put Eberle at a $4.75 million cap hit.

Kuznetsov Heads to Carolina

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Hurricanes are acquiring forward Evgeny Kuznetsov from the Washington Capitals. In return, the Capitals receive a 2025 third-round draft pick. Washington will retain 50% of his salary for this year and next year, bringing his cap hit down from $7.8 million to $3.9 million.

Kuznetsov has been an elite NHL player at his best, but has struggled in recent years and recently spent some time in the NHL Player Assistance program. The 31-year-old has produced 17 points in 43 games this season. Carolina is betting on the change of scenery – something Kuznetsov has been asking for for quite some time now – being a positive for the player.

Guentzel to Carolina Complete

Jake Guentzel’s trade to Carolina was finalized overnight. Pittsburgh sent the winger on 25% salary retention to the Hurricanes along with Ty Smith, a 23-year-old in their AHL system.

Headed back the other way are Michael Bunting, Ville Koivunen, Vasili Ponomarev, Cruz Lucius, and two conditional draft picks. Pittsburgh will receive Philadelphia’s second-round pick in 2024, unless the Hurricanes head to the Stanley Cup Final, at which point they’ll get Carolina’s first-round pick instead. If Carolina wins the Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh will also get a fifth-round pick.

It’s a slightly underwhelming return for the Penguins, but is reflective of the market at large right now, which doesn’t appear to have much in terms of top talent available for the biggest names. Pittsburgh’s big gain here is getting a few different prospects to experiment with. They’ll also take a chance on Bunting, who had an efficient start to his career in Arizona and Toronto but struggled mightily with the Hurricanes. The Penguins’ play style shares a bit more similarity with the Toronto teams that Bunting played on than Carolina, and if they want to try him on the Crosby winger role, he’s the sort of player that can contribute to a cycle, so there is some potential upside there.

Nonetheless, it’s not without risk and for the Hurricanes, you can argue that his inclusion is a favour rather than a concession. The biggest favour though is that the best forward on the board is now going to be wearing Carolina red.

Duclair Heads To Tampa

Anthony Duclair is off the board, with the Tampa Bay Lightning announcing the acquisition of him and a 2025 seventh-round pick, with Jack Thompson and Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in 2024 heading to San Jose.

Thompson, a 21-year-old right-shot defenceman, has put up 32 points in 46 games as a second-year defenceman for AHL Syracuse. The Lightning drafted him in the third round of the 2020 draft. Duclair has scored 16 goals and added 11 assists for 27 points in 56 games. Duclair, who was part of Florida’s Eastern Conference-winning roster last year, adds speed and a nose for the net to an already dynamic Tampa Bay roster that’s on the fence of either coming or going this spring.

Best Players Available

Some of the best talent remaining includes:

  • Jacob Markstrom (Goalie, Calgary) – One of the most reliable goaltenders in the league historically, the 34-year-old still has some term left on his deal and that has Calgary hesitant to take less than the right offer. Posting a 21-16-2 record and .912 SV% this year, Markstrom could be a big help to a team lacking in goal, but his pedigree will come with a price.
  • Jakob Chychrun (Defence, Ottawa) – A lot is in flux here, with the Senators only acquiring Chychrun a year ago. Ultimately, a deal would come down to whether or not they think they can secure a long-term commitment from the 25-year-old, who is a free agent at the end of next season. Chychrun has had one of the healthiest seasons of his career this year, posting 31 points in 60 games.
  • Pavel Buchnevich (Winger, St. Louis) – The dynamic Russian winger could vault to the top of this list if St. Louis commits to moving him with a 50% salary retention, which would give him to the acquiring team at a $2.9 million cap hit for this year and next. Buchnevich is having a slightly down year on the points front with 48 in 60, but has hovered around the point-per-game range for the bulk of the last four years.
  • Jake Allen (Goalie, Montreal) – Another veteran netminder option should Markstrom be too expensive, Allen hasn’t been great over the past two seasons, but a team who has seen him play well in healthy workloads in the past might still take a flyer on him. Allen has posted a .892 SV% across 21 games this year.
  • Alexandre Carrier (Defence, Nashville) – For a team looking to get better defensively without worrying too much about size, Carrier could be the best buy remaining. Nashville tends to concede less with him on the ice, and he’s able to zip the puck back into other zones when it comes his way. Not a game-breaker but a quality depth piece, the 27-year-old is a pending UFA and Nashville is willing to listen to the idea of opting for a move rather than an extension.
  • Tyler Toffoli (Winger, New Jersey) – If you’re a team looking for finishing talent, Toffoli has proven time and time again to be a nice bet. The 31-year-old has 26 goals in 61 games this year, giving him a shot at eclipsing the 34 he buried last year. The Devils’ price is reportedly high, but a lot can change in 24 hours.
  • Frank Vatrano (Winger, Anaheim) – Vatrano might be a case of “gets the touches on a bad team”, but he’s certainly making the most of it this year, scoring 29 goals and 49 points in 62 games thus far, both career highs. He’s been a pretty consistent 20+ goal threat for the past five years, though, and works for his opportunities. He’s got a year left on his deal at $3.65 million, which could be a positive or a negative asset depending on the team.

Where Does Canada Stand?

All seven Canadian teams have the potential to be in the mix in these dying hours before the deadline horn sounds. Their approaches vary from team to team. A quick look across the field, if you will.

  • Edmonton Oilers (+550 to win Stanley Cup) – Light buyers. The Oilers have been great over the past few months, and this could be their best shot in the Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl era to win the Stanley Cup. Some extra firepower up front could really put them over the top, though after trading for Troy Stecher on Thursday afternoon, some speculation suggests that they might be done, or close to it.
  • Vancouver Canucks (+850) – Bringers of chaos. Team President Jim Rutherford is not afraid to big game hunt if he sees a play in front of him, to the point where there there is some talk of the Canucks already moving Elias Lindholm if the circumstances brought them an even higher calibre player. Nothing is off the table here.
  • Winnipeg Jets (+1100) – Should be buyers, but we’ll see. Winnipeg already made its biggest splash at the All-Star break when they acquired Sean Monahan, but with an established core and a team sitting at sixth overall, this is a good time to swing should they decide to. With $5.7 million in deadline cap space available, they can make moves without retaining salary – a huge plus in the dying hours.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (+1300) – Maybe buyers? Any year where you have the Core Four is a year where most would go for it, but Toronto seems pretty tempered in its expectations right now. Their moves thus far have been on the fringes and they haven’t been definitively linked to any of the biggest names remaining.
  • Calgary Flames (+12500) – Mostly sold out. Calgary got ahead of the competition in the past few weeks by moving Lindholm to Vancouver, Chris Tanev to Dallas, and Noah Hanifin to Vegas. With that said, a lot could still be in flux, with the most lingering of questions surrounding Markstrom.
  • Montreal Canadiens (+50000) – Sellers with a caveat. Montreal is in a weird spot where this is very clearly another rebuilding year at this point, but their list of rentals is fairly empty, consisting of Tanner Pearson and, well, that’s it. If you’re a team willing to take some term and have a decent price to offer on names like Allen and David Savard, they might listen.
  • Ottawa Senators (+75000) – We’ll see. The Senators had another year of disappointment in 2023/24, but seem to believe that they can get this group figured out at some point. They could make a splash, with Chycrhun’s name being a noteworthy one in the conversation, but standing pat wouldn’t be a huge shocker either. Dominik Kubalik is their most likely trade chip, as a pending UFA.

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