NHL Trade deadline primer and live blog – All 3 teams in play

Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Hayes, New York Rangers. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Hayes, New York Rangers. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Today is the NHL trade deadline. All three area teams, the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils are likely to be active.

16:00 – Thanks for following along today.

15:47 – Lemieux is excited to be a Ranger

15:41 – Well said.

15:35 – NYI, NYR, & NJD appear to be done.

15:25 – Looks like Islanders stood pat today.

15:22 – TSN reporting Devils sent Marcus Johansson to Boston for 2019 2nd round pick and 2020 4th round pick.

15:09 – Devils have a deal. Johansson?

15:06 – Rangers are done.

15:05 – Pierre Lebrun reporting on TSN that Simmonds was dealt to Nashville just under the wire.

15:02 – Gonna be weird in Philly if they didn’t trade Simmonds. Especially, after they gave him that big send off.

14:57 – Last few minutes. Remember trades get announced after 3 pm.

14:52 – Ottawa maximizes their return on Mark Stone.

14:44 – Minnesota sends Granlund to Nashville for Fiala. Bob McKenzie reporting on TSN that the Golden Knights have a deal for Stone.

14:33 – Biggest prize of the day, Senators’ Mark Stone still on the board. Several reports have Ottawa working with Vegas on a deal.

14:29 – More details on McQuaid deal.

14:02 – Final hour. Almost 2/3 of trades happen in the last hour.

13:58 – More Details. The Rangers get back what they traded to Boston for McQuaid on 9/11/18

13:52 – Looks like Rangers traded defenseman Adam McQuid. Details to come.

13:35 – Former Ranger Derick Brassard traded…AGAIN

13:24 – Talk about faith in your people. Classy from Trotz.

13:00 – In case you were questioning Jeff Gorton’s resolve…

12:34 – Isles playing it cool so far.

12:05 – Unlikely the Isles get Wayne Simmonds from Philly, but Derick Brassard from Florida is a possibility.

11:53 – Rangers commit to their Boo

11:50 – This is really interesting

10:50 – TSN just showed Devils trade candidate Marcus Johansson get injured in practice. No details yet.

10:26 More Details

But you can’t make everyone happy.

10:23 Business is about to pick up.

09:00 Per Pierre LeBrun NJD  gets a 2022 fifth round pick.

08:54 – Devils make a move. Goalie Keith Kinkaid goes to CBus

2/25/2018 – 08:50 Lots of chatter surrounding Kevin Hayes

New York Islanders

36-18-7, 79 points, first place Metropolitan Division

After losing John Taveras as a free agent in the offseason, who would have thought the New York Islanders would be leading the Metro Division with six weeks remaining in the regular season. I didn’t. Here they are at the deadline, staring down home ice advantage for the opening two rounds of this season’s playoffs.

Rumors are that the Isles are looking to bulk up on scoring at the deadline. They have plenty of assets at Bridgeport, such as Josh Ho-Sang, and in the amateur ranks that would interest some building teams. They really wanted Matt Duchene before he went to Columbus on Saturday and have reportedly inquired about Mark Stone from Ottawa.

Other rumored targets include Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Gustav Nyquist. Then again the Islanders are sending mixed signals.

New York Rangers

27-26-9, 63 points, seventh place Metropolitan Division, 21st overall

Officially, the New York Rangers are entering the second year of their team rebuild. Around this time last year, the Blueshirts traded Rick Nash and Nick Holden (Boston Bruins), Michael Grabner (New Jersey Devils), plus J.T. Miller and captain Ryan McDonagh (Tampa Bay Lightning) for some younger players as well as draft picks.

So far in 2019, Rangers G.M. Jeff Gorton has made one big trade. Saturday night right wing, Mats Zuccarello went to Dallas for a pair of conditional draft picks. A second in 2019, and a third in 2020. That leaves two more pending unrestricted free agents he wants to move, center Kevin Hayes, and defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Other veterans could be traded as well. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see  Marc Staal, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider, Vlad Namestnikov, and/or Jesper Fast get traded as well. Very few players are untouchable for the right price.

New Jersey Devils

24-30-8, 56 points, eighth place Metropolitan Division, 28th overall

What a difference a year makes. At last year’s deadline, the New Jersey Devils were buyers and even made a deal with their local rivals on Broadway. This time around Devils GM Ray Shero is battling for position to select potential game changer Jack Hughes in the 2019 Entry Draft.

Pending unrestricted free agent forward Marcus Johansson is the biggest trade chip Shero has. Kyle Palmieri may also be moved, but the price to acquire him is said to be very steep. As far as potential needs, the Devils could use depth scoring, a top-four defenseman and they aren’t flush with high-level prospects.

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Keep checking back with us through 4 p.m. EST for continuous trade deadline updates.