NHL trade deadline rumors, follow-up: New Rangers and Patrick Kane, with Oilers targeting top defenseman

The 2022-23 NHL season gets underway at home with the trade deadline set for Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ET. The team has already seen some big names move before the deadline with Vladimir Tarasenko landed with the New York Rangers, Bo Horvat is on his way to the New York Islanders and Ryan O’Reilly is being sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But that’s not all. Stars such as Patrick Kane, Jakob Chychrun and Erik Karlsson could be gone before Friday.

For all the latest moves around the NHL, follow along with the latest NHL trade deadline rumors and scouts below.

The Hurricanes acquired winger Jesse Puljujarvi from the Oilers

After losing Timo Meier, the Carolina Hurricanes are still trying to develop their next team. They acquired Puljujarvi in ​​exchange for forward Patrik Puistola on Tuesday.

Puljujarvi may not be the type of player to light the boards on fire, but he has consistently posted strong five-on-five numbers, and should fit right in with the Hurricanes as a bottom-six winger. Perhaps most importantly, Puljujarvi only comes with a $3 million cap hit, so Carolina still has plenty of room to make a big move before the deadline.

This trade allows the Oilers to create some additional salary cap space as rumors swirl that they are in the market for a top four defenseman. If Edmonton is going to sign someone like Jacob Chychrun or Mattias Ekholm, it needs to shell out money, and that fits with this deal.

The Warriors are in talks to acquire a top four goalkeeper

When you have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at the top of the lineup, the scoring will take care of itself. With the trade deadline approaching, oil producers are trying to improve their blue line. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Edmonton has expressed interest in Arizona’s Jacob Chychrun, Nashville’s Mattias Ekhholm, and Columbus’ Vladislav Gavrikov.

The Oilers are first in the NHL with 232 goals scored, but they are 22nd with 204 goals. If Edmonton wants to compete for the Stanley Cup, it will have to do a better job of protecting its own goaltending, and having a great goaltender will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

Rangers have things ‘in motion’ to sign Patrick Kane since Tuesday evening

It looks like Kane is the last straw for the Rangers at this point, and the Rangers are just waiting to raise enough salary cap space to make the trade happen. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers could potentially complete the deal after 5 pm ET on Tuesday.

Kane has not played since Feb. 22, and has been away from the Blackhawks while he waits for a deal to happen. In recent days, the Rangers have made a series of moves, including trading young forward Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks, to make room for Kane’s arrival.

Rangers are still clearing space with hopes of acquiring Patrick Kane

On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane left the team’s California road trip and returned to Chicago, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. Kane will not suit up for the Blackhawks until the trade deadline.

Kaplan also reported that there is mutual interest between Kane and the New York Rangers. Rangers spent the weekend trying to clear the right space for a potential Kane deal:

  • New York traded 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks in a salary dump to acquire the ball.
  • They also traded defenseman Braden Schneider to the AHL team, the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Sunday, which could indicate that Schneider will be part of the Kane trade.

Maple Leafs acquired Sam Lafferty, Jake McCabe from Blackhawks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have not taken him out of the first round of the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. Their front office is doing everything they can to make sure the team is set up to make a deep run this time around. On Monday, the Maple Leafs acquired forward Sam Lafferty and defenseman Jake McCabe from the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • In addition to Lafferty and McCabe, Toronto received a fifth-round pick in 2024 and a fifth-round pick in 2025
  • Chicago received forwards Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev, a 2025 first-round pick, and a 2026 second-round pick.

Lafferty has 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 51 games this season and is signed through the 2023-24 campaign. Currently, McCabe has scored 20 points (two points & 18 assists) and is in the second season of a four-year, $16 million contract.

The Devils acquired Timo Meier in a massive deal

Timo Meier is one of the biggest prizes available in the trade market that reached Friday. On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils acquired a talented winger in a major trade with the San Jose Sharks.

  • The Sharks traded Meier, forward Timur Ibragimov, defensemen Scott Harrington and Santeri Hatakka, defenseman Zachary Emond and a 2023 fifth-round pick to the Devils.
  • The Devils sent a 2023 first-round pick, a conditional 2024 first-round pick, forwards Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson and defensemen Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotyuk to the Sharks.
  • As part of the deal, the Sharks retain 50 percent of Meier’s $6 million salary.

Meier is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Devils don’t have any kind of contract extension in place right now. The 26-year-old currently has 31 goals and 57 assists this season for the Sharks. Meier spent all seven years of his NHL career in San Jose before the trade.

Lightning added Tanner Jeannot

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been to three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals, so being active at the trade deadline isn’t a huge surprise. On Sunday, the Lightning acquired forward Tanner Jeannot from the Nashville Predators in exchange for:

  • Goalkeeper Cal Foote.
  • 2025 first-round pick (top-10 defense).
  • Second round election in 2024.
  • 2023 third round election.
  • The fourth round of 2023.
  • The fifth round of 2023.

Jeannot, 25, is in the final season of a two-year contract and could become a restricted free agent this summer. He has 62 career points (34 goals & 28 assists) in 152 regular season games as a member of the Predators.

The Jets acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Predators

Nashville Predators they returned one of their veterans in the form of winger Nino Niederreiter to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. Niederreiter is signed through the 2023-24 season, so it’s not a rental for the Jets. Niederreiter has 28 points (18 goals and 10 assists) in 56 games this season.

The Jets are competing at the top of the Central Division and adding a player of Niederreiter’s caliber should really give Winnipeg’s frontcourt a boost.

The Bruins line the blue line with the addition of Dmitry Orlov

The Boston Bruins have been an absolute juggernaut this season. They have strengthened their defense acquiring defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals in the agreement of the three groups. In exchange for Orlov and Hathaway, the Bruins sent the following to the big cities:

  • 2023 first round election.
  • Second round election in 2025.
  • 2024 third round election.
  • Forward Craig Smith.

The Majors will also retain 50 percent of Orlov’s $5.1 million. In addition, the Minnesota Wild will also retain 25 percent of Orlov’s contract and send the rights to Andrei Svetlakov to the Bruins for a 2023 fifth-round pick.

Orlov, 31, is in the final year of a six-year, $30.6 million deal and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. He scored 19 points (three goals and 16 assists) in 43 games for the Capitals this season. Orlov will join a Boston blue line that includes the likes of Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk.

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