3:24 p.m.: Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly was traded to the Montreal Canadiens.
3:18 p.m.: Many sources expect that JT Miller will also be going to Tampa Bay in the McDonagh trade.
3:17 p.m.: Winnipeg acquires Joe Morrow.
3:16 p.m.: Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils.
3:13 p.m.: Calgary receives Nick Shore from Ottawa.
3:08 p.m.: Friedman reports New York defenseman, Ryan McDonagh has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
3:07 p.m.: Vegas acquires Tomas Tatar from Detroit.
3:06 p.m.: Elliott Friedman reports the Penguins have acquired depth-forward, Josh Jooris from Carolina.
2:53 p.m.: Multiple reports claim the Penguins have an interest in Montreal defenseman, Jordie Benn.
2:49 p.m.: Columbus acquires Thomas Vanek per Bob McKenzie.
2:44 p.m.: The Washington Capitals have “escalated efforts” to acquire Erik Karlsson before the 3 p.m. deadline.
2:22 p.m.: TSN reports that three teams have placed offers for Ottawa defenseman, Erik Karlsson.
2:10 p.m.: Anaheim receives Islanders’ winger Jason Chimera in exchange for Chris Wagner.
2:10 p.m.: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports San Jose has acquired Evander Kane. (Kane for 2019 conditional first-round pick, Dan O’Reagan and a 2020 4th Rd pick pick.)
2:09 p.m.: Josh Yohe reports the Penguins are interested in Matt Cullen.
1:58 p.m.: Josh Yohe reports that the Penguins are NOT in on McDonagh, conflicting with Sportsnet’s previous report.
1:54 p.m.: Blue Jackets acquire Ryan Kujawinski from Arizona in exchange for Jordan Maletta. Swapping 22 year-old prospects.
1:43 p.m.: Elliott Friedman reports that the Pittsburgh Penguins have inquired about the Rangers’ defenseman, Ryan McDonagh.
1:10 p.m.: John Shannon of Sportsnet confirms Anaheim and Florida’s interest in Montreal captain, Max Pacioretty.
12:26 p.m.: Vegas sends Brendan Leipsic to Vancouver for defenseman Philip Holm per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
12:16 p.m.: Blues trade Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 1st and 4th round pick, along with prospect Erik Foley. St. Louis Blues Twitter Account, and Darren Dreger.
12:10 p.m.: WAIVER CLAIMS: Flyers claim Johnny Oduya, Avalanche claim Mark Alt and Calgary claims Chris Stewart.
12:07 p.m.: Ryan Hartman has been traded to the Nashville Predators per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
-Hartman and a 2018 5th round pick for a 2018 1st and 4th round pick plus Victor Edjsell.
11:36 a.m.: Elliott Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports that Chicago is working on a deal with Nashville for Ryan Hartman. Nothing official yet.
10:47 a.m.: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News says that, from his reporting, the Penguins are still very much in on rental winger Evander Kane.
To me the Kane favorites remain Pittsburgh and Philly from the Metro and a bunch of teams in the Pacific like Sharks, Flames, Ducks. Blues and Preds on the periphery. #Sabres
— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) February 26, 2018
Kane’s cap hit is $5.25 million, so to bring him aboard would take quite the give from Rutherford. The Penguins are currently less than $500,000 under the salary cap.
9:43 a.m.: Our first move of the day involves a former Penguin — as in, a very recent former Penguin.
Ian Cole is on the move again, to the Blue Jackets, per The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun and many others:
Ian Cole has been traded to Columbus
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 26, 2018
Cole, who just turned 29 five days ago, never got a chance to play for Ottawa. Now he’s back in the Metropolitan Division, with a good chance of getting into John Tortorella‘s lineup as a third-pairing guy, at least.
The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch tweets Columbus sent AHL center Nick Moutrey and a third-round pick in 2020 for Cole’s rights through the end of the season.
7 a.m.: The day we’ve been waiting for has arrived. It’s Hockey Christmas, a.k.a., NHL trade deadline day.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now will have comprehensive coverage of the developments leading up to 3 p.m. Eastern time, with Shelly Anderson reporting from Penguins practice while Dan Kingerski and Matt Gajtka will be holding a Facebook Live deadline show from 11 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. from Leon’s Billiards in Wexford!
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In addition to all those updates, we’ll be posting any and every trade-related detail that comes across the NHL wire right here on this post, so keep refreshing all day long to stay up to date on one of the sport’s most interesting days.
In the meantime, here’s Matt’s wrap-up of three consequential Sunday trades in the Eastern Conference — Rick Nash to Boston leads that list — plus, in case you missed it over the weekend, here’s Bob Grove‘s look at the necessity of shot-blocking in today’s NHL.