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NHL trade deadline central: Rankings, grades, news and more


The trade deadline for the 2018-19 NHL season is on Monday, Feb. 25. Luckily for you, we've got all angles covered as general managers around the league look to bolster their team for a Stanley Cup run, or maximize their assets looking ahead to the draft and free agency this summer.

Scroll through to find trade target rankings, grades, the latest news and more, and be sure to bookmark: We'll keep this updated through the Feb. 25 deadline with our final thoughts on all of the moves.

More: Trade tracker | Trade GradesInsider


Feb. 25

10:54 a.m. ET: Center Kevin Hayes to the Jets.

The deal:

Jets get: C Kevin Hayes

Rangers get: 2019 first-round pick, winger Brendan Lemieux and a conditional pick

9:11 a.m. ET: Keith Kinkaid to the Blue Jackets.

The deal:
Blue Jackets get: G Keith Kinkaid
Devils get: 2022 fifth-round pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets gave themselves another option in net by acquiring Keith Kinkaid, and paid a wildly low price to do so, sending a 2022 fifth-rounder back to the New Jersey Devils. GradesInsider


Feb. 24

Gustav Nyquist to the Sharks

The deal:

Sharks get: F Gustav Nyquist
Red Wings get: Conditional second-round pick in 2019 (the lower of Florida's or San Jose's selections), conditional 2020 third-round pick (becomes San Jose's 2020 second-round pick if the Sharks reach 2019 Stanley Cup Final or re-signs Nyquist)

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist waives his no-trade clause to join the offensive arsenal of the San Jose Sharks. GradesInsider

Brandon Montour to the Sabres

The deal:

Sabres get: D Brandon Montour
Ducks get: D Brendan Guhle, conditional 2019 first-round pick (San Jose's pick, or Ducks have option to take St. Louis' pick if it's between No. 20 and No. 31)

The Buffalo Sabres deal from a cache of surplus first-round picks to add 24-year-old blueliner Brandon Montour. Did the Anaheim Ducks give up too soon on another talented young defenseman? GradesInsider

Feb. 23

Mats Zuccarello to the Stars

The deal:

Stars get: F Mats Zuccarello
Rangers get: 2019 second-round pick (becomes a first if the Stars win two playoff rounds and Zuccarello plays in 50 percent of Dallas' games) and 2020 third-round pick (becomes a first if Stars re-sign Zuccarello)

The Dallas Stars added skilled winger Mats Zuccarello for their playoff push, while the New York Rangers add more futures to their war chest. GradesInsider

Ryan Dzingel to the Blue Jackets

The deal:

Blue Jackets get: F Ryan Dzingel, 2019 seventh-round pick (Calgary)
Senators get: F Anthony Duclair, 2020 second-round pick, 2021 second-round pick

Former Ohio State standout Ryan Dzingel is headed back to Columbus, with Anthony Duclair and picks headed to the Ottawa Senators. GradesInsider

Feb. 22

Matt Duchene to the Blue Jackets

The deal:

Blue Jackets get: C Matt Duchene, D Julius Bergman
Senators get: F Vitaly Abramov, F Jonathan Davidsson, 2019 first-round pick (top-3 protected), conditional 2020 first-round pick (if Duchene re-signs with Columbus)

The Columbus Blue Jackets made the biggest trade of deadline season to date, adding Matt Duchene for their playoff push. And Jarmo Kekalainen did it without giving up top prospect Emil Bemstrom in return to the Ottawa Senators. GradesInsider

Nick Jensen to the Capitals

The deal:

Capitals get: D Nick Jensen, 2019 fifth-round pick (BUF)
Red Wings get: D Madison Bowey, 2020 second-round pick

The Washington Capitals landed perhaps the best rental defensemen on the market in Nick Jensen, but Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland looks good after this one too, landing a young blueliner in return as well as a second-round pick in 2020. GradesInsider

Feb. 20

The deal:

Bruins get: C/W Charlie Coyle
Wild get: C/W Ryan Donato, 2019 fifth-round pick

Boston added a versatile forward, but paid a stiff price. GradesInsider


Player rankings

We identify the top rentals at all positions and players with term remaining. Plus, a few long-shot wild cards for good measure. NHL trade-asset tiers: Buyer's guide to the 2019 deadline

Team-by-team guides

The NHL trade season is underway. Get caught up on the assets, restrictions and potential moves for every team ahead of the deadline. NHL trade deadline preview: What to watch for all 31 teams

Bold predictions

We're familiar with the names available. It's time to play matchmaker for all 31 NHL teams as the trade deadline nears. Bold predictions for the NHL trade deadline

Looking ahead to the draft

It's Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko leading the way, but how is the rest of the 2019 class shaping up? We rank the top 50 prospects for June's draft. Top 50 draft prospect rankingsInsider

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