2014 NHL Trade Deadline: Live Deal Updates and Rumors

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Ryan Kesler Canucks

NHL Trade Deadline Day is a lot a first date with the hottest cheerleader in the school. It’s an event you’ve had in your mind for a long time and now that it’s finally happening. You have big expectations.

Sometimes, those expectations are met. Like, she’s the hottest cheerleader in the school. Meanwhile, this year could be the hottest deadline day we’ve seen in years in the sense that names like Ryan Kesler, Thomas Vanek, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan up for grabs.

Then again, sometimes that hot cheerleader ends up being nothing more than a whole pile of hot air. The whole date’s a waste of time as you both sit there staring at your phones, waiting for better offers, and suitors to catch your attention.

Either way, I’m not going anywhere, so keep it locked here and I’ll fill you in on all the deals with my always-interesting (sometimes interesting) insight.

Check out my 2014 Trade Deadline Preview story right here, which has a full list of the players we could see on the move and their possible destinations.

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Pre-deadline day deals:

– The St. Louis Blues got things going last Friday by snatching goalie Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak a couple draft picks and a prospect. Don’t expect that to be the last time we hear from Buffalo before the 3 p.m. EST.

– The Anaheim Ducks traded Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals on Pancake Tuesday for a fourth-round pick. That really ought to be a story in itself. The Ducks then swap that pick to Dallas for defenceman Stephane Robidas.

– From there, it got weird in a hurry. Vancouver shipped Roberto Luongo and forward Steven Anthony to Florida (finally) in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.

– Forgot to mention that Martin Erat was traded to Phoenix for Rusty Klesla and Chris Brown. I probably forgot to mention that because ERAT HAS ONE GOAL THIS SEASON.


– So, the waiting and the speculation begins in earnest. Most people hate this part of today – the hanging out, the wild rumors – but I can’t get enough of it… to a point. The most ridiculous thing about this deadline day is somebody might actually give New Jersey something for Martin Brodeur. Actually, worse than that is the fact that Brodeur thinks somebody wants him.

– If we’re going to blame anything, let’s agree to blame Ryan Kesler’s beard for how overvalued he is right now. He might have to budge off his list of teams to get the hell out of Vancouver before Mike Gillis burns the team to the ground.

Ryan Callahan isn’t worth $6 million to any team in the league, but he’s damn close to that for the Rangers. If he doesn’t get signed for 6-6.25 over six years, there are obviously bigger problems. I’d give him the 6 and wrap him in bubble wrap for the rest of his career. It sounds like Callahan’s camp is digging in its heels after moving yesterday.

– Now more talk that Martin St. Louis could be heading to New York. That would be lethal for the Rangers down the stretch and be a huge help to the power play. You could put Richards, Nash, St. Louis, Mcdonagh and Zuccarello out there as a first unit. Scary.

– Big issue there is what heads back to Tampa Bay, of course. Word is that Callahan needs to be involved, which makes sense, but Sather can’t mortgage the future to make this deal. Where have you heard that before?

– No way the Senators move Jason Spezza now. How are you going to explain that to Erik Karlsson? First Alfie goes out the door and then the captain goes less than a year later. By the summer, Karlsson would be asking for his own trade.

– One of my favorite guys on the block is Mike Cammalleri. He’s going through a tough year in Calgary, but that’s with the Flames. If he played on the second line with some talent he’d have 24 goals instead of 14.

– My least favorite player on the block is Ales Hemsky. The jerk waits until last night to score twice just because he knows he has to make an impression. He’s a no-show 75 percent of the time. Some stupid team like the Capitals will probably trade for him and hate themselves in the morning.

– Major holdup this morning thanks to Thomas Vanek. Once he goes, the dominoes will start to fall. My guess is he ends up in Pittsburgh, which could put the Penguins in the Stanley Cup final.

– Can’t wait to see what kind of bonehead deal the Philadelphia Flyers make. You know it’s coming. Just when they start to get everything together, they pull a stinker. Craig Berube is going to be so pissed.

– Christian Ehrhoff is going to make some team much better. Lots of talk about him going to San Jose, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, but really, any team would be happy to have him. If the Edmonton Oilers weren’t so terrible this season, he’d really help them out on the blue line.

– Speaking of the Oilers, more talk about Sam Gagner now. There’s another player who could make a major impact. He’d be a nice fit in Detroit or Los Angeles.

– Being based in Montreal, there’s usually a lot of buzz around Deadline Day and then nothing happens. That may change today with Andrei Markov and Lars Eller reportedly up for grabs. Moving Markov makes sense if he won’t re-sign, but the Habs are giving up on Eller too soon.

– Early look at tonight’s NHL odds: Toronto is a +140 underdog at the New York Rangers and 71 percent of our action is on the Leafs. I thought Toronto was opening the bars early just for the Olympics?

Steven Stamkos tweets that he’s ready to go for tomorrow’s game vs. Buffalo. Will Marty St. Louis be there to welcome him back?

– New York Rangers scheduled to take pregame skate in about 10 minutes. Callahan watch on high alert. UPDATE: Sounds like he will take the skate, which shouldn’t be a surprise. He’ll captain that team until he’s told to do otherwise.

Paul Stastny might be the gem of this Trade Deadline. Word has it his camp talked with the Avs about an extension and didn’t make much headway. If Colorado doesn’t think he’s coming back, maybe he’s in play. And if that’s the case, there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t want him. He has 20 goals and 47 points this season.

– Habs are trying to trade Rene Bourque, obviously need a new set of water bottles or some smelling salts.

REPORT: Marian Gaborik traded to the Los Angeles Kings, promptly wrecks shoulder answering trade call

– Doesn’t it seem like the New York Rangers hold the power in these talks for Marty St. Louis? Everybody knows he wants out and only wants to play in the Big Apple, so what’s Yzerman to do? Bob McKenzie says Callahan is in play with this one, but don’t forget it was Boomer Esiason who predicted this 10 days ago.

-TRADE CONFIRMED – Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a first and second-round pick. That’s a lot to for the Rangers to give up, but they obviously feel that St. Louis can contribute for a couple more years. Callahan’s contract demands were too high. Now we’ll see if Tampa Bay puts the cash out for Cally or if he heads to Buffalo.

– The draft picks are a little confusing here. If NYR makes it to the conference final, it’s a first in 2014 and and first in 2015. If Callahan re-signs Tampa sends a second and a seventh in 2015 to NYR.

– Martin St. Louis trying to make it to MSG for Leafs vs. Rangers tonight. Leafs +140 still seeing 72% of our action.

– Don’t be surprised to see both NYR and TB keep dealing today. The Rangers want to make space to have players like J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo etc. The Lightning could move picks to get some of St. Louis’ scoring back – maybe Cammalleri?

– Chris Phillips signs a two-year extension with the Senators. That’s a great move. Forget all that Spezza trade talk.

– May have given Ottawa the kiss of death. Talk now that they may picks to Edmonton for Hemsky. Eww.

– TRADE CONFIRMED: Hemsky to the Senators for a third (2014) and fifth round pick (2015). Senators lose Trade Deadline day.

– Crazy stuff coming out of Vancouver saying that Gillis doesn’t have the POWER to trade Kessler. Ownership wants to cash in on playoff ticket sales… yes, playoff ticket sales.

– REPORT: Devan Dubynk traded from Nashville to Montreal, likely for picks. Bad news coming on Carey Price? Confirmed now Dubynk to Habs for futures.

TRADE CONFIRMED: Kings acquire Brayden McNabb and two 2nd-round picks from Sabres in return for prospects Hudson Fasching, Nicolas Deslauriers.

 TRADE CONFIRMED: Gaborik is going to Los Angeles. Still waiting on what’s going back the other way. UPDATE: Good haul for Blue Jackets – Matt Frattin, 2nd round pick, conditional 3rd rounder.

– Still nothing on Matt Moulson. Word has it he’s only looking for $4.5 million per season and has three 30-goal seasons on his resume. That in itself makes it crazy to think Ryan Callahan wanted $6.25 million over six years.

– This talk of making “hockey trades” is going to make me lose my mind. I get it, but THE’RE ALL HOCKEY TRADES. THAT”S WHY WE’RE HERE. Almost as bad as 1). watching golf and 2). hearing a golf commentator applaud a “great golf shot.”

TRADE CONFIRMED: Pittsburgh gets Marcel Goc from Florida for draft picks. Reportedly a third and a fifth.

REPORT: Tuomo Ruuttu to the New Jersey Devils but waiting on details on return. Brodeur said to be staying put because, of course, he’s old and terrible. **Andrei Loktionov and a conditional pick heading to Carolina**

– REPORT: Tim Thomas traded to Dallas. No tire pumping parties in Florida, friends. Now confirmed. He’s going to be a real hit in Dallas.

TRADE CONFIRMED: Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Third rounder to Edmonton. CORRECTION: Fifth rounder to Edmonton, for you four Oilers fans who were really into that trade.

REPORT: Flyers reportedly sending Andrej Meszaros to Bruins for third round pick.

– Five minutes before all NHL GMs throws their UFAs and spare parts in a Value Village bin. Hold onto yer hats!

– REPORT: Rangers get Raphael Diaz for a 5th in 2015 from Canucks. CONFIRMED.

-REPORT: Sabres send Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota for undisclosed picks and Torrey Mitchell. CONFIRMED.

REPORT: David Legwand reportedly on his way to Detroit. Nice move by the Red Wings. CONFIRMED.

REPORT: Thomas Vanek traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Uh, wow. Sounds like it’s for a second-round pick and a prospect.