The Macomb Daily
Beyond Kane, little is certain as trade deadline approaches
The NHL’s top contenders did not wait until the last minute to do their shopping before the trade deadline.
League-leading Boston got bigger and tougher by adding Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway. Toronto got defensive by trading for Ryan O’Reilly. The Rangers answered their New Yorkrival Islanders’ move for Bo Horvat by acquiring Vladimir Tarasenko — and they’re not done yet.
A handful of big moves already have been made around the league, including a couple on Sunday, and many more are expected before the trade deadline Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Patrick Kane going from Chicago to the Rangers is the most highly anticipated deal on the docket, and yet plenty of uncertainty remains about what else will shake out.
Discussions led San Jose to trade winger Timo Meier to New Jersey, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated
Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Other talks culminated with St. Louis sending forward Ivan Barbashev to Vegas for 20-year-old prospect Zach Dean and Dallas getting 20-goal-scorer Evgenii Dadnov from Montreal for Denis Gurianov.
More are ongoing around Kane, San Jose’s Erik Karlsson, Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun, Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk and Washington’s handful of pending free agents after the perennially contending Capitals went from buyers to sellers.
Prices have been high on a lot of players, most notably Chychrun, who is the top player left to change places by the deadline.
“I can see the marketplace taking towards the end of the week to sort out for some teams,” said Hart Levine of PuckPedia, a website that tracks the salary cap and player movement.
• WHAT ALREADY HAS HAPPENED: The Islanders made their splash in late January, getting Horvat, a 30-goal scorer, from Vancouver and signing him to an eight-year extension. The Rangers, after the AllStar break in early February, got Tarasenko and big defenseman Niko Mikkola from St. Louis to start loading up to try to repeat or improve on their trip to the Eastern Conference final.
“You want to win, and you want to be a part of good hockey teams who can win,” Mikkola said. “The whole team is good, and we can go deep. We all know that.”
The Maple Leafs want to go deep, but they haven’t won a playoff series since 2004 — before the NHL had a salary cap. Acquiring O’Reilly, a playoff MVP in 2019 when the Blues won the Stanley Cup, and tough depth forward Noel Acciari sets them up better for that pursuit, if their goaltending holds up.
• WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN: The worst-kept secret in the sport is Kane’s connection to the Rangers.
After New York got Tarasenko, thinking the price for Meier or Kane would be too high, Kane said: “If things were going to happen.”