2021 NHL Trade Deadline Updates: Hockey Rumours and Trades

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 12, 2021

It's looking like a buyers market out there this year and the dominos are already beginning to fall. Make sure to bookmark this page for the latest rumours, trades and updates ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

If every other trade deadline has been a game of checkers, GM’s are about to get schooled in art of chess because this will be the most unpredictable trade deadline ever.  We have to keep in mind that this time last year the NHL and virtually every other professional league in the world were all completely shutdown, so as much uncertainty as there is surrounding this season’s deadline, we’re in a much better place than last April.  Anything can happen this year.  It’s been over a year since arenas were full, it will be a flat salary cap next season and we’re only a few months away from another expansion draft.  This is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable trade deadlines in recent memory and we’ll have all your updates here.

Bring on the trades!

NHL Trade Deadline: Hockey Rumours and Trades

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April 12: Blockbuster trade sliding in at almost literally the last minute.  Detroit trades Anthony Mantha (F) to Washington for Jakub Vrana (F), Richard Panik (F), a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick.

April 12: Chicago trades Madison Bowey (D) and a 2021 fifth-round pick to Vancouver for a 2021 fourth-round pick.

April 12: Vancouver trades Jordie Benn (D) to Winnipeg for a 2021 sixth-round pick.

April 12: Anaheim trades Michael Raffl (F) to Washington for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick.

April 12: Carolina trades Hayden Fleury (D) to Anaheim for Jani Hakanpaa (D) and a 2022 sixth-round pick.

April 12: Toronto trades Alexander Barbanov (F) to San Jose for Antti Suomela (F).

April 12: Ottawa trades Erik Gudbranson (D) to Nashville for a 2023 seventh-round pick.

April 12: Anaheim trades Ben Hutton (D) to Toronto for a 2022 fifth-round pick.

April 12: Philadelphia trades Erik Gustafsson (D) to Montreal for a 2022 seventh-round pick.  The Flyers will retain 50 per cent of Gustafsson’s contract.

April 12: Calgary trades Sam Bennett (F) to Florida for Emil Heineman (F) and 2022 second-round pick.

April 12: Chicago stays busy and sends former Avalanche player Carl Soderberg (F) back to Colorado for Ryder Rolston (F) and Josh Dickinson (F).

April 12: San Jose gets involved in another three-team trade, this time with Vegas and Chicago.  Here’s how it breaks down:

Vegas receives: Mattias Janmark (D)

San Jose receives: Fifth-round pick in 2022 (originally Buffalo’s) for acting as a broker and retaining some of Janmark’s contract.

Chicago receives: 2021 second-round pick, 2022 third-round pick.

April 12: Calgary trades Sam Bennett to Florida for a 2022 second-round pick.

April 12: San Jose trades Fredrik Claesson (D) to Tampa Bay for Magnus Chrona (G).

April 12: New Jersey trades Dmitry Kulikov (D) to Edmonton for a 2021 conditional fourth-round pick.  It will become a third-round pick if the Oilers win a playoff round.

April 12: Vancouver trades Adam Gaudette (F) to Chicago for Matthew Highmore (F).

April 12: Pittsburgh has picked up Jeff Carter (F) from the L.A. Kings for a 2022 conditional third-round pick and a 2023 conditional fourth-round pick.  L.A. is retaining 50 per cent of Carter’s contract.

April 11: The biggest piece has moved.  Buffalo has sent Taylor Hall (F) and Curtis Lazard (F) to Boston for Anders Bjork (F) and a second-round draft pick.  The Sabres will retain 50 per cent of Hall’s contract.

April 11: The New York Islanders trade Braydon Coburn (D) to the Ottawa Senators for a 2022 seventh-round pick.

April 11: The Toronto Maple Leafs have picked up David Rittich (G) from the Calgary Flames for a 2022 third-round pick.  Calgary will retain 50 per cent of Rittich’s contract.

April 11: The Ottawa Senators have sent Mike Reilly (D) to the Boston Bruins for a 2022 third-round pick.

April 11: The Columbus Blue Jackets are involved in another multi-team trade, this time their partners are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks.  Here’s how it breaks down:

Toronto receives: Nick Foligno (F) and Stefan Noesen (F).

Columbus receives: Toronto’s 2021 first-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick.  They will retain 50 per cent of Foligno’s salary.

San Jose receives: Toronto’s 2021 fourth-round pick.  They will retain 25 per cent of Foligno’s salary.

April 11: The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Jon Merrill (D) from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Hayden Verbeek (F) and a 2021 fifth-round pick.

April 11: The Washington Capitals have traded Jonas Siegenthaler (D) to the New jersey Devils for a 2021 third-round pick.

April 10: We have a multi-team trade between the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning:

Trade 1: Columbus trades David Savard (D – originally No. 2 on the trade target board) to Detroit for Brian Lashoff (D).  The Blue Jackets will retain 50 per cent of Savard’s contract.

Trade 2: Detroit flips David Savard to Tampa Bay for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.  The Red Wings will retain 25 per cent of Savard’s contract.

Trade 3: Columbus flips Brian Lashoff to Tamp Bay for a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick.

Here’s how it breaks down:

Columbus receives: Tampa Bay’s 2021 first-round pick and 2022 third-round pick.  They will retain 50 per cent of David Savard’s contract.

Detroit receives: Tampa Bay’s 2021 fourth-round pick.  They will retain 25 per cent of David Savard’s contract.

Tampa Bay receives: David Savard and Brian Lashoff.

April 10: The San Jose Sharks have shipped Devan Dubnyk (G) to the Colorado Avalanche for Greg Pateryn (D) and a 2021 fifth-round pick.

April 10: The Florida Panthers have bolstered their defence by picking up Brandon Montour from the Buffalo Sabres for a 2021 third-round draft pick.

April 9: A season and a half after leaving in free agency, Patrick Nemeth (D) has been reacquired by the Colorado Avalanche from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2022.

April 9: The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Riley Nash (F).  The pick will become a sixth-round selection if Nash plays in at least 25 per cent of Toronto’s playoff games.

April 8: Chicago and Florida aren’t through with each other yet.  The Blackhawks are sending Lucas Carlsson (D) and Lucas Wallmark (F) to the Panthers for Brett Connolly (F), Henrik Borgstrom (F), Riley Stillman (D) and a 2021 seventh-round pick.

April 7: New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello picked up some former players he drafted when he was the man in charge of New Jersey.  The Islanders are getting Travis Zajac (F) and Kyle Palmieri (F) from the Devils for the haul of A.J. Greer (F), Mason Jobst (F), a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2022 fourth-round pick.

April 2: Chicago and Florida have swapped forwards.  Vinnie Hinostroza is headed to the Blackhawks and Brad Morrison will join the Panthers.

March 29: The Los Angeles Kings have also shipped Christian Wolanin (D) to the Ottawa Senators for Mike Amadio (F).

March 27: The Los Angeles Kings pick up Brendan Lemieux (F) from the New York Rangers for a 2021 fourth-round pick.

March 26: The Montreal Canadiens get veteran centre and Stanley Cup winner Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for 2021 third and fifth-round picks.

Top Available Trade Targets (Updated April 12)

1. Mike Hoffman, LW (STL) – 23 points (11G, 12A) in 37 games

2. Alex Goligoski, LD (ARI) – 11 points (1G, 10A) in 42 games

3. Luke Glendening, C (DET) – 11 points (3G, 8A) in 41 games

4. Jamie Oleksiak, LD (DAL) – 9 points (4G, 5A) in 40 games

5. Josh Manson, RD (ANA) – 3 points (1G, 2A) in 16 games

6. Nikita Zadorov, LD (CHI) – 7 points (1G, 7A) in 42 games

7. Jonathan Bernier, G (DET) – 3.03 GAA, .910 SV in 18 games

8. Vince Dunn, LD (STL) – 17 points (5G, 12A) in 39 games

9. Andrew Cogliano, LW (DAL) – 10 points (5G, 5A) in 38 games

10. Michael Del Zotto, LD (CBJ) – 10 points (4G, 6A) in 40 games

Toronto Maple Leafs Trades and Rumours

Update: More smart salary cap manipulation by Dubas.  Toronto uses the same blueprint as the David Savard deal to get Nick Foligno at just a 25 per cent cap hit.  Foligno is another veteran player who can slot in all over the lineup and should provide great leadership and locker room chemistry for what the Leafs are hoping will be a deep playoff run.

Update: Really interesting move out of Toronto.  The Leafs were able to do some salary cap gymnastics in the Riley Nash deal.  Nash was placed on the LTIR on April 6 with a lower-body injury that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for four to six weeks.  This provides some playoff depth and if Nash doesn’t return until the post season, his salary won’t count against the cap.

Until they finally make the big splash everyone is expecting, Toronto is going to be in on every trade rumour.  It’s no secret the No. 1 team in the North Division is going all in this year.  Kyle Dubas has already said he’s willing to move a top prospect and he is rumoured to be targeting a top-six forward.  Let the “Taylor Hall Watch” begin.

Toronto Maple Leafs transactions

Edmonton Oilers Trades and Rumours

Even if the Oilers want to do something big at the deadline, they don’t have the capital to do it.  They’re lacking in draft assets and cap space to bring any big names in and with the way they’re playing, they really only need to tweak the roster with a depth piece down the middle.  Detroit’s Luke Glendening would be a great fit at an affordable cost.

Edmonton Oilers transactions

Winnipeg Jets Trades and Rumours

The Jets are rumoured to be going hard after a right shot defenceman who can play in their top-four.  Look at David Savard, Josh Manson, or Brandon Montour as possible targets.  They should have the cap space to get a deal done and outside of Cole Perfetti, they’d probably be willing to move a high end prospect or pick for the right player.

Winnipeg Jets transactions

Montreal Canadiens Trades and Rumours

Marc Bergevin finished his homework early like the good student he is.  The Habs are likely done making any type of significant move after trading for veteran Eric Staal, who wasted no time making an impact by scoring the OT winner in his Montreal debut.  With Cole Caufield freshly inked to an entry-level deal, the biggest question regarding this team is if we’ll see their top prospect make his NHL debut before the playoffs begin.

Montreal Canadiens transactions

Calgary Flames Trades and Rumours

In the last month Calgary went from potential buyer to obvious seller.  Sam Bennett is the easiest move here.  At 24-years-old he’s still young, he’s also made it clear he’s ready to move on from Calgary and he plays his best hockey in the post-season. The Flames will never get more for Bennett than they will if they move him at this year’s deadline.

Calgary Flames transactions

Ottawa Senators Trades and Rumours

Ottawa is ripe for the picking when it comes to depth defencemen.  They’re obviously not going to be moving picks, prospects, or their top young talent, but they’re reportedly getting a lot of interest in defenders Erik Gudbranson, Mike Reilly, and Braydon Coburn.  The Sens did their heavy lifting in the off-season, so it would be a surprise to see any major moves at the deadline.

Ottawa Senators transactions

Vancouver Canucks Trades and Rumours

Unfortunately for the Canucks there will likely be no movement.  Vancouver is a reminder of the seriousness of COVID and how we’re lucky to have any hockey to watch at all.  We’re just wishing the Canucks’ players and staff a speedy recovery.

Vancouver Canucks transactions