The NHL Trading Deadline: What You Need to Know

The NHL trade deadline is fast approaching and there are a lot of rumors swirling around. Here’s what you need to know about the deadline and what it could mean for your favorite team.


The NHL’s trading deadline is coming up on Monday, February 24th at 3 PM ET, and as always, there are sure to be a number of big trades made leading up to it. If you’re new to the world of hockey or just want to know more about how the trading deadline works, this article is for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the NHL’s trade deadline.

What is the NHL trading deadline?

Every year at the end of February, NHL teams make a push for the playoffs by adding players through trades. This is known as the NHL trade deadline. But what exactly is the NHL trade deadline? Let’s take a look.

When is the deadline?

The NHL’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on the last day of the regular season, which falls on Monday, April 12 this year.

But unlike in years past, when trades could only be made between teams in the same conference, this season there is no such restriction thanks to a new rule implemented prior to the start of the campaign. As a result, we could see a flurry of activity around the league as teams jockey for position heading into the playoffs.

Some of the biggest names rumored to be on the trade block include Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, New York Rangers winger Rick Nash and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. It will be interesting to see if any of these marquee players are dealt before the deadline passes.

What is the deadline for?

The NHL trade deadline is the last day that trades can be made between NHL teams during the regular season. The deadline is typically in late February or early March, and it is usually set at 3 p.m. ET.

The trade deadline is a day when many NHL teams try to improve their rosters for the playoffs by making trades with other teams. Some teams will trade away players that they do not think will help them in the playoffs, while other teams will trade for players that they think will be helpful.

There are a few reasons why the trade deadline is so important in the NHL. First, it is one of the only times during the season when all 30 NHL teams are available to make trades with each other. Second, it is a time when many teams are trying to improve their rosters for the playoffs, and they are willing to make trades that they might not otherwise make.

The trade deadline can also be a time of great uncertainty for players who are on the verge of being traded. Many players find out about being traded on the day of the deadline, and it can be a very stressful experience.

What happens if a team doesn’t make a trade by the deadline?

If a team doesn’t make a trade by the deadline, they are still eligible to make trades during the remainder of the season, but they will not be able to trade any player that they acquired after the deadline.

Who are the most active teams leading up to the deadline?

The NHL’s trade deadline is rapidly approaching and there are a few teams who seem to be most active leading up to it. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, and Winnipeg Jets are all expected to be busy before the deadline.

Who are the buyers?

The Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights are among the teams that have been most active leading up to the trade deadline, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports.

The Jets have been engaged in talks with several teams and are believed to be seeking a top-four defenseman and a forward who can help on the power play, LeBrun adds.

Nashville, meanwhile, is in the market for a top-six forward and is also believed to be interested in adding a veteran defenseman.

The Golden Knights, who acquired forwards Tomas Nosek and Ryan Reaves last week, are believed to be looking for more depth up front.

Who are the sellers?

At this point in the NHL season, many teams have opted to “sell” at the trade deadline. These are the teams that have decided that they are not going to be contenders for the Stanley Cup and have instead decided to trade away some of their players for draft picks or prospects. The sellers this year are:

-The Buffalo Sabres
-The Detroit Red Wings
-The New York Rangers
-The Ottawa Senators

What are some of the most notable trades in recent years?


The most notable trade of the 2019 NHL trade deadline was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s acquisition of forward Tyler Johnson and defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goalie Peter Budaj, forward Andy Andreoff and a seventh-round draft pick. The Lightning also traded goalie Louis Domingue to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Marek Mazanec.


– Tyler Seguin trade: The Dallas Stars aquired Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button from the Boston Bruins in exchage for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow
– Ryan Kesler trade: The Anaheim Ducks acquired Ryan Kesler and a fouth-round draft pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, Anderw Cogliano and a second-round draft pick
– Jeff Petry trade: The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a second- and a fith-round draft pick


2017 was an active year for trades, with several big-name players being moved around the league. Notable deals included:

-The Tampa Bay Lightning acquiring goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Louis Domingue.

-The Vegas Golden Knights acquiring forward Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a first-round pick and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

-The Winnipeg Jets acquiring defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.


Now that you know the basics of the NHL trading deadline, you can follow along with all the action and make sure your favorite team is ready for a deep playoff run. Remember, the deadline is a time forGM’s to stock up on assets for a potential cup run or unload talented players that will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. It’s always an exciting time for hockey fans and with this year’s deadline fast approaching, there is sure to be plenty of movement around the league.

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