The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday. Already Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Clowe, Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow have been dealt, so it remains to be seen how many more moves are coming.
There are names out there, like Ottawa Senators goaltender Ben Bishop, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko.
Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera could be moved, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Chimera, 33, has one year left on his contract and a $1.75 million cap hit.
“I haven’t heard any [trade rumors],” Chimera said. “George [McPhee] is the one to ask; don’t ask me.”
Center Mike Ribeiro is the Caps’ top pending unrestricted free agent. He has made it clear he wants a “long-term” deal to re-sign with Washington, and the 33-year-old has defined that as four or five years. RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reported that Ribeiro might be willing to accept a four-year deal.
So much happened recently that no trades occurred before noon Wednesday. Around the league, hockey people don’t love being involved in moves, but they enjoy watching.
“It doesn’t affect me as a coach of the team. But as a fan of the game, I’m up there wanting to watch every minute of it like everybody else because it’s an exciting part,” ex-Caps and current Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The first thing you do is you phone your asst coaches or they’ve got it on the phone. And then you have a great time of just dissecting it, whether it’s in your own home or your own office. That’s what hockey people do; they love hockey news. That’s why the trade deadline as a fan is exciting.
“As a coach, there’s really not a lot we can do about it. But at the same time, you look at, ‘Oh man, they got him?’ You don’t want any team to improve. You look at it that way as well.”
Here’s the running list of moves made Wednesday:
Rangers trade left wing Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett, defensive prospect John Moore and a sixth-round pick
New York sheds salary and a player who has underachieved this season with nine goals and 10 assists. Columbus gets a top-line scoring winger.
Blue Jackets trade goaltender Steve Mason to the Flyers for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round pick
Philadelphia adds a former Calder Trophy-winner to its goalie carousel.
Sabres trade right wing Jason Pominville to the Wild for forward prospect Johan Larsson and goaltender Matt Hackett
Buffalo’s fire sale continues. Now it remains to be seen what the Sabres will do, if anything with Ryan Miller.
Senators trade goaltender Ben Bishop to the Lightning for left wing Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick
Tampa Bay could have the tallest goaltending tandem in NHL history with the 6-foot-7 Bishop and 6-foot-6 Anders Lindback. Lindback is hurt, so Mathieu Garon and Bishop could split the duties right now.
Hurricanes trade center Jussi Jokinen to the Penguins for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick
Pittsburgh at least has someone to fill in while Sidney Crosby is out with a broken jaw.
Panthers trade right wing Jerred Smithson to the Oilers for a fourth-round pick
Predators trade defenseman Scott Hannan to the Sharks for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick