Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s deals:
1. F Radek Dvorak and fifth-round pick to Florida; F Niclas Bergfors, F Patrick Rissmiller to Atlanta
2. D Dennis Wideman to Washington; F Jake Hauswirth, third-round pick to Florida
3. D Rostislav Klesla, F Dane Byers to Phoenix; F Scottie Upshall, D Sami Lepisto to Columbus
4. D Shawn Belle to Colorado; D Kevin Montgomery to Edmonton
5. D Chris Campoli and conditional seventh-round pick to Chicago; F Ryan Potulny, second-round pick to Ottawa
6. F Brad Winchester to Anaheim; third-round pick to St. Louis
7. D Bryan Allen to Carolina; F Sergei Samsonov to Florida
8. F Dustin Penner to Los Angeles; D Colten Teubert, first-round pick, conditional third-round pick to Edmonton
9. F John Mitchell to Rangers; seventh-round pick to Toronto
10. F Fredrik Modin to Calgary; seventh-round pick to Atlanta
11. F Jason Arnott to Washington; F David Steckel, second-round pick to New Jersey
12. F Chris Higgins to Vancouver; F Joel Perrault, third-round pick to Florida
13. F Maxim Lapierre and F MacGregor Sharp to Vancouver; D Evan Oberg, third-round pick to Anaheim
14. F Tom Sestito to Philadelphia; F Greg Moore, F Michael Chaput to Columbus
15. D Brett Festerling to Atlanta; G Drew MacIntyre to Montreal
16. G Anton Khudobin to Boston; D Jeff Penner, F Mikko Lehtonen to Minnesota
4:15 p.m.: In what might be the final deal to be announced, the Bruins have swapped minor-leaguers with Minnesota.
Boston gets goalie Anton Khudobin for defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Mikko Lehtonen.
Kudobin was a seventh-round pick in 2004. He’s 19-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .911 save percentage in Houston (AHL) and also went 2-1-0 with a 1.59 GAA and .942 save percentage with the Wild this year. He’ll upgrade the goaltending situation in Providence.
Penner had a cup of coffee with the Bruins last year but has been passed by a number of younger options on Boston’s organizational depth chart, while Lehtonen was playing in Europe this year.
4 p.m.: There may still be a couple of late deals left to be announced, but the action appears to be over in what was a relatively uneventful deadline day.
This one will be remembered more for the deals that were not made, as the likes of Brad Richards, John-Michael Liles and Zach Bogosian staying put. Dallas reportedly didn’t even approach Richards about waiving his no-trade clause as no team came close to their asking price. That could come back to haunt the Stars if they can’t re-sign him this summer, especially if they don’t make a postseason run or even qualify for the playoffs.
3:33 p.m.: More minor deals being reported. The Canadiens get goalie Drew MacIntyre for defenseman Brett Festerling, while Philadelphia gets AHL tough guy Tom Sestito from Colmbus for minor-league forwards Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.
Also, the Caps gave up forward David Steckel and a second-rounder to the Devils for Arnott.
3:22 p.m.: The Arnott deal has also been confirmed. He heads from New Jersey to the Capitals, joining Dennis Wideman in Washington as the Caps were one of the biggest players on this relatively light deadline day.
3:16 p.m.: As expected, there’s a rush of last-minute trades being announced now.
Vancouver made two deals, adding Chris Higgins from Florida for Evan Oberg and a third-rounder and agitator Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim for Joel Perrault and another third-rounder.
Calgary has acquired Fredrik Modin from Atlanta for a seventh-round pick.
3:07 p.m.: One more minor deal has been announced, with John Mitchell going from Toronto to the Rangers for a seventh-round pick.
There’s also reports of a bigger deal sending Jason Arnott from New Jersey to Washington, but that has not been confirmed yet.
3 p.m.: The deadline has come. No more trades can be made, but there still are likely some deals left to be announced that just beat the deadline.
2:45 p.m.: There’s just 15 minutes left before the deadline, but that doesn’t mean all the trades will be announced by 3 p.m.
With the flurry of moves that typically comes in the final minutes, it usually takes an hour or more after the deadline for all the trades to be officially confirmed and announced. So keep checking back throughout the rest of the afternoon.
2:33 p.m.: For another Bruins connection in that Penner deal, Teubert is the guy who broke Jordan Caron’s collarbone with a huge hit in the evaluation camp for Canada’s World Juniors team in the summer of 2009.
Teubert was playing for Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Manchester and will now likely head to Edmonton’s farm team in Oklahoma City. Caron probably won’t mind seeing him leave New England.
2:25 p.m.: Dustin Penner has been dealt, but the Bruins won’t have to worry about facing him in Montreal as the big winger lands in Los Angeles, according to TSN.
The Kings gave up a huge ransom to get him, sending their first-round pick, former first-rounder Colten Teubert and another pick. It cost the Kings a ton, but we have our first major trade of the day.
2:10 p.m.: Could we finally be close to a true blockbuster deal going down?
Rob Rossi, Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, just tweeted that the Pens could be ready to “pull a stunner,” according to what he’s heard from NHL sources.
2:07 p.m.: The action is picking up, with the Allen for Samsonov trade now official according to TSN.
Also, TSM reports that St. Louis has sent Brad Winchester to Anaheim for a third-round pick.
2 p.m.: The Senators get a second-round pick and Ryan Potulny in return for Campoli, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
One hour left until the deadline.
1:56 p.m.: Ottawa not to be outdone by Florida’s fire sale, as the Senators send defenseman Chris Campoli to Chicago for a pick and a minor leaguer according to TSN.
Details to come on the exact return, but we know for sure that Mark Recchi will only get his fight rematch in the Cup finals now that Campoli is in the Western Conference.
1:41 p.m.: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just spoke with the folks on the TSN TradeCentre and reiterated that Boston is unlikely to make any major moves before the deadline.
“We’re tinkering a little bit on some minor, minor depth [moves],” Chiarelli said. “I don’t think we’re going to bring anything to the table for you guys the rest of the way.
“We’ve basically done our heavy lifting in the last couple weeks,” added Chiarelli, referring to the earlier deals for Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly. “We feel comfortable with the moves we’ve done so far.”
1:35 p.m.: There could be another ex-Bruin on the move thanks to Florida’s fire sale.
Panthers beat writer Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports Florida is close to sending veteran defenseman Bryan Allen to Carolina for old friend Sergei Samsonov.
1:20 p.m.: We’ve got another deal, with Edmonton sending Shawn Belle to Colorado for Kevin Montgomery.
It’s a very minor deal, but with the way this day has gone, we can’t complain about any movement we get.
1:10 p.m.: Less than two hours until the deadline and just three trades completed so far. There’s probably going to be a rush of activity just before 3 p.m., but this year isn’t likely to come close to recent deadlines for volume. That’s thanks largely to all the deals that were made before the final day.
1:02 p.m.: There is a Bruins connection to that latest deal. Columbus is also sending Dane Byers to Phoenix in the Klesla deal.
Byers is a cousin of popular former Bruins tough guy Lyndon Byers.
12:55 p.m.: Finally another trade, with Columbus sending defenseman Rostislav Klesla to Phoenix for forward Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto.
Not a blockbuster, but a significant deal nonetheless between two teams battling for playoff spots in the West. Phoenix is in fourth and Columbus 12th, but just eight points separate them.
12:45 p.m.: Bob McKenzie on TSN just noted that a deal for Edmonton’s Dustin Penner could be close.
Montreal is among the suitors. Penner would add some much-needed size up front to the Habs and make them much tougher to handle. He has playoff experience as well, having won a Cup with Anaheim in 2007. Still not a done deal that he’ll be going anywhere though.
12:38 p.m.: Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli just checked in with John Bishop of bostonbruins.com, noting that the Bruins are staying patient and aren’t looking at any major moves, but could still make a depth addition.
“We’re kind’ve sitting back,” Chiarelli said. “May do something depth-wise but we’re just working on a couple small things.”
12:14 p.m.: No new trades to report, but there is more news featuring another ex-Bruin.
Phil Kessel has been named the NHL’s No. 1 star for the week. He snapped out of his slump in a big way with 4-4-8 totals in four games this week.
12:03 p.m.: As expected, the noon deadline for waiver claims produced some extra movement.
Atlanta claimed forward Rob Schremp from the Islanders, Calgary claimed defenseman Brett Carson from Carolina and Ottawa claimed goalie Curtis McElhinney from Tampa Bay. So add one more new face for the Senators when the Bruins face them on Tuesday.
11:55 a.m.: Interesting to see Wideman get moved the day after Brad Boyes was traded to Buffalo. Those two were exchanged for each other when the Bruins brought Wideman to Boston at the 2007 deadline.
Wideman could work well with the run-and-gun Caps, but it will be interesting to see how he fits in with Bruce Boudreau’s attempts to get Washington to play a tighter defensive style. As Bruins fans know, that’s not Wideman’s forte, and his minus-26 with the Panthers would indicate that hasn’t changed in Florida.
The Panthers appear to be in full sell mode now with two deals to division rivals. Will they make an even bigger splash by moving Stephen Weiss or David Booth?
11:45 a.m.: We’ve finally got another deal, and it features a familiar name.
Former Bruin Dennis Wideman is on the move again, going from Florida to Washington for a third-round pick and prospect Jake Hauswirth.
11:40 a.m.: Still all quiet on the trade front. Action usually picks up in the afternoon.
You know it’s a slow day when the bulk of the conversation so far has been whether or not a last-place team will move a fourth-liner. As far as that goes, Anaheim remains the frontrunner for Islanders’ tough guy Zenon Konopka, but no deal yet.
11:15 a.m.: It’s deadline day, but trades may not be the only form of movement on Monday.
There’s also a slew of players who were placed on waivers on Saturday. Teams have until noon to put in claims, so Brett Carson (Carolina), Jason Jaffray (Aanaheim), D.J. King (Washington), Nathan Lawson (Islanders), Rob Schremp (Islanders), Pascal Leclaire (Ottawa), Ty Conklin (St. Louis), Curtis McElhinney (Tampa Bay) and Tim Stapleton (Atlanta) could all switch teams. No big names there, but some role players with similar value to guys that will cost draft picks in moves a couple hours later.
11 a.m.: The Bruins are in Ottawa, where they close out their road trip on Tuesday. But who will be left on the Senators come game time?
Ottawa has already jettisoned much of its roster in the last couple weeks, and could make even more moves before the 3 p.m. deadline.
They will hold on to defenseman Chris Phillips though. He was signed to a three-year extension last night.
10:37 a.m.: And we finally have a deal, albeit not a major one.
Florida sends forward Radek Dvorak to Atlanta for forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller.
Bergfors was part of last year’s big Ilya Kovalchuk deal, but hadn’t done much in Atlanta. Most interesting aspect of this deal is that it was made between a pair of Southeast Division rivals. Atlanta also gets a fifth-round pick from the Panthers.
10:30 a.m.: Mark Stuart and the Thrashers have reached a deal. According to Bob McKenzie, it’s a three-year extension worth $1.7 million a year. Nice to see a good guy like Stuart get some stability.
10:10 a.m.: Former Bruin Mark Stuart might not be on the move again after all. USAToday’s Kevin Allen is reporting that Stuart and Atlanta are close to signing a three-year extension for the hard-nosed blueliner to stay with the Thrashers.
Ron Hainsey and Johnny Oduya could be the defensemen available in Atlanta for other clubs seeking blue-line help.
10 a.m.: TSN’s Bob McKenzie just tweeted that the Kings have re-signed UFA-to-be forward Justin Williams to a four-year, $14.6-million deal. So scratch him off any potential trade lists.
9:55 a.m.: Complicating matters for trades is how tightly packed the standings still are this late in the season.
Out West, eight points separate nine teams fighting for the final five playoff spots with Phoenix sitting in fourth at 76 points and Columbus in 12th with 68. Who will be the buyers and who will sell out of that group?
In the East, Carolina is clinging to the final spot with 67 points, but Buffalo, Toronto and Atlanta are all within four points. All three of those teams could still be sellers though.
9:50 a.m.: TSN also discussed Islanders tough guy Zenon Konopka drawing a lot of interest. Don’t tell Mike Milbury that, as he tried to drum “Zenopka” out of the league after he fought Adam McQuaid last week.
Despite Milbury’s rant, Konopka is a valuable role player who adds leadership and excellent work on draws (5th in faceoff percentage in league) as well as a willingness to drop the gloves. With the Canucks looking for some more grit, Vancouver could be a possible landing spot.
9:45 a.m.: Lots of interesting chatter going on as we await the first actual deals of the deal.
Two defensemen already dealt by the Bruins this season are reportedly in play again, with Colorado weighing offers for Matt Hunwick and Atlanta considering options for Mark Stuart. The Thrashers are interested in re-signing Stuart, who will be a UFA after the season, but may deal him again if they don’t think they will be able to reach a new deal.
9:40 a.m.: Wondering how much room the Bruins have to work with if they decide to make any more moves on Monday?
The always helpful folks at capgeek.com (hey, even Peter Chiarelli told us to go there for cap info after he dealt Marco Sturm to the Kings for nothing), have the Bruins with $1,364,541 in cap space. Of course, they could always add more if they move out salary in a deal, but that’s what the Bruins are working with if they don’t want to mess with the current chemistry and just add a body for a pick or prospect.
Boston’s closest pursuer in the Northeast, the hated Habs, have a little more room to play with. They have $1.8 million in cap space available, and can increase that to $5.6 million if they put injured defenseman Jaroslav Spacek on long-term injured reserve.
9:30 a.m.: TSN just noted that the first deal on last year’s deadline day didn’t go down until 10:28, and that was without all the crazy deals we’ve seen before the deadline this year. So we could still be waiting a while for some action on Monday.
By the way, that first trade last year was Boston sending Derek Morris to Phoenix. The Bruins kicked things off last year in a move that set up the addition of Dennis Seidenberg. Boston isn’t likely to be too active this year having already made its big move for Tomas Kaberle, so who will get things going this time around?
9:15 a.m.: The Bruins also completed a minor deal Sunday night, making enforcer Brian McGrattan a former Bruin. Can he really even be called that, since he never actually played a game for Boston?
McGrattan did make the team out of came after coming in on a tryout invitation, but was assigned to Providence without ever getting a chance to dress for a game.
The pleas to bring him up to handle any heavy work will have to be directed to Anaheim now, as he and Providence defenseman Sean Zimmerman were sent to the Ducks for AHL forwards David Lailberte and Stefan Chaput. None of the four players are expected to make an immediate impact on their respective new big clubs.
9 a.m.: The final day of the trade frenzy has begun, and while there’s yet to be a trade completed yet on Monday, there was some action late last Sunday night you may have missed.
Former Bruin Brad Boyes is back in the Northeast Division. He was traded to Buffalo by the Blues for a second-round pick. That could be a nice pickup for the Sabres if Boyes can regain his scoring touch. he had 43 and 33 goals in his first two years in St. Louis, but just 14 last year and 12 so far this season. He also has a $4-million cap hit through next season, so it could be a risky pickup for the Sabres to take on that contract.
8 a.m.: The big day is finally here, but just how big will it be after all?
The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Monday, and deadline day has become an unofficial national holiday north of the border and one of the most anticipated days on the calendar for hockey fans across the world.
The action is usually fast and furious in the final hours before the deadline, but this year could be a little different. Many clubs have already made their moves, with 26 deals involving 54 players, 22 draft picks and a one set of future considerations already going down between Feb. 9 and the eve of the deadline on Sunday. Can there possibly be much left for last-minutes shoppers?
There are still some significant assets that could be moved, with Dallas center Brad Richards, Ottawa tough guy Chris Neil, Edmonton forwards Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner, Florida center Stephen Weiss, Colorado defenseman Jean-Michael Liles and Atlanta defenseman Zach Bogosian the biggest names that could possibly be in play.
The Bruins were one of the teams that was active early, swinging three deals to bring in Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, then adding some depth by signing free agent Shane Hnidy on Saturday. They also made a swap of four minor-leaguers with Anaheim on Sunday, sending veteran tough guy Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman to Anaheim for AHL forwards David Lailberte and Stefan Chaput. Will they make any further moves on Monday?
After the deals for Peverley and Kaberle, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated he was finished making major moves, but left the window open just a crack.
“If I do anything else, it will be something very small unless something significant is available and fits,” Chiarelli said. “For the most part, we’re done.”
Check back here throughout the day to get the lowdown on all the deadline moves for both the Bruins and the rest of the NHL.