Once again, NHL trade deadline day is here with plenty of deals completed in the days before.
The Florida Panthers acquired forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Ben Chiarot. the The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenseman Josh Manson and forward Nico Sturm. the The Boston Bruins bolstered their defense by acquiring Hampus Lindholm, then signed him to a six-year, $52 million deal. the The Toronto Maple Leafs responded by making a deal for defenseman Mark Giordano.
Last year, a similar situation occurred, but the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings pulled off an old-fashioned hockey trade involving Anthony Mantha and Jakub Vrana at the buzzer.
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In what has been a dismal season in Arizona, Karel Vejmelka has been a rare bright spot. He has posted a .905 save percentage in 36 games, but his performance since March 3 has been stellar with a better than .923 save percentage in four of his last five starts. TSN’s Darren Dreger says the pending restricted free agent will sign a three-year extension with an average annual value of about $3 million.
The Jets, sixth in the Central Division, have been a disappointment this season. But they do have several players who could be smart additions to playoff contenders. Forwards Andrew Copp and Paul Stastny top that list; both are on expiring deals.
What are some needs?
The Bruins have needed a second-row center back since David Krejci returned to the Czech Republic, but their decision to split their top line has paid off.
The Washington Capitals have to decide if goaltenders Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov can take them deep into the playoffs. Also, they are dealing with injury issues.
The Edmonton Oilers goal is also a question mark. Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot has changed his game, but backup Kaapo Kahkonen has lost six in a row.
The St. Louis Blues could use some help down the blue line.
The New York Rangers have plenty of cap space if they want to increase their offensive depth beyond acquiring Frank Vatrano.
Who is still left?
-Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is a pending unrestricted free agent, but he has a lot to say about whether he’s dealt.
-Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has two Stanley Cup rings.
-Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun could bring a big return if he is traded because he is 23 years old and signed through 2024-25 with a salary cap of $4.6 million.
-Chicago’s Calvin de Haan would add defensive depth. So would Nick Leddy of the Red Wings and Justin Braun of the Flyers, who have been left out of the lineup.
-Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk requested a trade.
-Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Andy Greene weren’t part of the lineup Sunday, though coach Barry Trotz said it was actually maintenance.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL Trade Deadline Live Updates: Rumors Breakdown, News Monday