Live Blog Recap: NHL Trade Deadline as-it-happened

The Flames may not see Curtis Lazar for his faults and seem to be looking ahead as the former first-round pick has been acquired from Ottawa.

Thanks to anyone who checked in during our live blog.

To re-live the magic and find out how 2017’s trade deadline day unfolded — the rumours, the actual moves, and the good tweets — scroll to the bottom of this page and read up.

All told, 33 unique players were dealt today. Fun fact: More than half of them were placed on waivers at some point this season.

4:45 p.m.
OK, one last tiny trade from Stan Bowman. The Chicago Blackhawks acquire forward Kenton Helgesen and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forwards Spencer Abbott and Sam Carrick.

4:33 p.m.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said trading Jarome Iginla to a contender was a respect thing.

4:12 p.m.
One last fun fact: The St. Louis Blues are the only team not to make a deadline day trade in either 2016 or 2017.

4:02 p.m.
We end(?) where we began: with a minor deal.

The Panthers bring in defenceman Reece Scarlett from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Shane Harper.

3:31 p.m.
More small deals filter in as the calls get completed.

The Columbus Blue Jackets grabbed left wing Lauri Korpikoski from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenceman Dillon Heatherington.

3:22 p.m.
The Winnipeg Jets trade impending UFA forward Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins for a conditional sixth-round draft pick.

Boston is done dealing.

The Stafford trade marks the Jets first deadline day deal since 2012.

3:14 p.m.
The Lightning flip defenceman Mark Streit, whom they acquired earlier in the day, to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

3:12 p.m.
Depth centre Eric Fehr, who has one year at $2 million remaining on his contract, is traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defence prospect Frank Corrado.

Toronto also receives defenceman Steven Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick in the deal.

Fehr, 31, cleared waivers earlier this week. He’s a veteran defensive forward who has six goals and 11 points this season. He brings 60 games’ worth of playoff experience with the Penguins and Capitals to Toronto.

Corrado joins Pittsburgh newcomers Streit and Ron Hainsey as Jim Rutherford aggressively boosted his blue line in light of recent injuries.

3:01 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche are done dealing and will hold on to blue-chip trade piece Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog for the time being.

2:53 p.m.
The Calgary Flames acquire Ottawa’s Curtis Lazar and Mike Kostka from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second-round draft pick and Jyrki Jokipakka.

In Lazar’s last 17 games as a Senator he registered five shots on total. Perhaps the 22-year-old centre — a frequent healthy scratch this season — can rediscover his game in Alberta.

“I really had a tough year in Ottawa,” Lazar told Hockey Central. “Hopefully I can find my game like I had down in junior.

“I really just couldn’t catch a break.”

Lazar, a first-round pick in 2013, has 12 goals in 176 career NHL games.

The Flames were poking around Arizona’s Radim Vrbata, a UFA winger who was expected to be dealt. The Coyotes decided to keep Vrbata, so the speculation now is he may re-sign in the desert.

2:50 p.m.
New Jersey trades well-travelled forward P.A. Parenteau to the Nashville Predators for a sixth-round draft choice.

Preds GM David Poile has made more deadline day trades than any other current general manager.

2:40 p.m.
Flames president Brian Burke’s children are must-follows on Twitter at times like this.

2:31 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers trade pending UFA defenceman Mark Streit, a 2017 fourth-round pick and a conditional 2017 seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Valtteri Filppula.

“It’s a very good trade for Flyers,” says Ilya Bryzgalov, upon learning the news backstage at Sportsnet.

Streit, 39, can help run a power play, and the Bolts needed to free up money tied up in forwards in order to keep their young RFAs — Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin — past this summer.

Filppula, who has a partial no-trade, reportedly axed a deal to Toronto earlier this week, and the Oilers also were said to be interested in him. At 32, he’s the best player in the deal, but the good news for Steve Yzerman is that’s one less forward he’ll be forced to protect in the expansion draft.

If all conditions are met, the Flyers will have 12 picks in the 2017 draft. That’s more than any other team.

2:28 p.m.
Watch L.A. Kings forward Jarome Iginla’s phone interview with Hockey Central, in which he says he’s prepared for this to be his last stab at that elusive Stanley Cup ring.

2:27 p.m.
Fun fact: Seven players who have been traded so far today had been placed on waivers at some point earlier this season.

2:07 p.m.
Colorado keeps dealing. The Avalanche acquired Sven Andrighetto from the Canadiens for Andreas Martinsen.

A 26-year-old left wing, Martinsen has seven points in 55 games. Big hitter, though. Habs GM Marc Bergevin is clearly adding toughness to his roster for the Cup tournament.

2:05 p.m.
Defenceman for defenceman.

New Jersey Devils trade rental Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Dalton Prout.

Quincey, an impending UFA, has 12 points through 53 games this season. He’ll join the best-looking Jackets team in franchise history.

2:03 p.m.
P.A. Parenteau, a pending UFA, is available.

2:00 p.m.
As we hold our collective breath for some last-hour action, here’s Alex Burrows wearing Senators gear. He skated on Ottawa’s first line at practice today.

1:41 p.m.
More AHL news! The Taylor Beck–Justin Fontaine trade marks the eighth time that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers have made a deal with each other on deadline day.

This transaction makes the Oilers and Rangers the most common trade partners in deadline day history, breaking a tie with the Canucks-Blues dealership.

1:38 p.m.
An intrastate goalie trade features minor-leaguers Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Mike McKenna (Florida Panthers). As you were.

1:20 p.m.
Rumours bubbling on rental pieces and prospects with 100 minutes to go.

Sad news out of Denver, though, as a Matt Duchene deal is reportedly “unlikely” to go down today.

Time is ticking for those hoping for a blockbuster.

12:50 p.m.
Jarome Iginla’s Cup dreams live.

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings are finalizing a deal that will see Iginla join the playoff-hopeful Kings and be reunited with coach Darryl Sutter. The cost? A conditional fourth-round 2018 draft pick.

So is this Iggy’s last kick at the can?

“It could be,” Iginla told Hockey Central. “Or it might not be. I hate to go back and forth on you.”

The veteran winger needed to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal, and Colorado retained half of his salary.

L.A. is starved for goals. If rejuvenated by the move, Iginla could provide some production on the bottom six and as part of a power-play unit.

Iginla has 27 points in 31 career games at the Staples Center.

Iginla, 39, and Sutter memorably reached the Cup Final with the Calgary Flames in 2004. They’ll face the Flames thrice down the stretch this season.

In 207 games under Sutter as his head coach, Iginla tallied 103 goals, 83 assists for 186 points.

Iggy’s first game in a Kings sweater may be against the Maple Leafs Thursday.

12:42 p.m.
Pierre-Édouard Bellemare, an impending UFA on an affordable deal, is nearing an extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, Elliotte Friedman reports.

The Flyers are also re-signing goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5-million extension, according to multiple reports. Philly must have a goalie under contract in 2017-18 to meet expansion draft requirements.

12:33 p.m.
Valtteri Filppula’s name was not part of the rumour mill until today, but his name is buzzing.

He reportedly nixed a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week (read below), and now ESPN reports that the Edmonton Oilers expressed interest in Tampa’s versatile forward as well.

12:21 p.m.
The Montreal Canadiens acquire rental forward Dwight King from the L.A. Kings for a conditional fourth-round pick.

Montreal will pick up all of King’s salary. The depth winger carries a $1.95 million cap hit.

L.A. clears some cap space by dealing a player it wasn’t planning to re-sign and could make another move this afternoon. The Kings have interest in Jarome Iginla.

The conditional fourth reportedly turns into a third-round pick if King signs with Montreal.

At 6-foot-4 and 229 pounds, King is a big body, but he doesn’t solve the Canadiens scoring woes.

12 p.m.
Goaltender Ryan Miller, an impending free agent, will not be traded today, reports John Shannon.

As reported earlier this week, Miller was unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for a move to Alberta. His preference was believed to be a trade to Anaheim, San Jose or L.A., who scooped up Ben Bishop on Sunday.

He becomes a UFA on July 1. So, will the Canucks let him go at the end of the season and hand the crease to Jacob Markstrom?

In other Canucks news, Vancouver claimed forward Joseph Cramarossa off waivers from Anaheim.

11:50 a.m.
Thomas Vanek, 33, is traded for a conditional third-round pick and defenceman Dylan McIlrath to the Florida Panthers, who are deep in a playoff race.

“We believe strongly in our group and we’re confident that he will help our power play and supplement our core effectively,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said.

Detroit retains half of Vanek’s remaining salary.

The Cats had an extra third-rounder to spend in 2017, which they acquired in the Dave Bolland–Lawson Crouse deal.

This should get the ball rolling for more wingers to get moved.

Bryzgalov on Vanek: “Good for him. Lots of sun. Ocean. Play the beach ball.”

Vanek says Jaromir Jagr is his idol. Perfect.

11:22 a.m.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Edmonton Oilers are trying to trade former captain Andrew Ference’s contract.

Ference (LTIR) is on the books through the end of this season at a cap hit of $3.25 million. Dump his salary, and GM Peter Chiarelli could free up money to rent a player for Edmonton’s long-awaited playoff run.

11:11 a.m.
Calgary Flames president Brian Burke tells Hockey Central that his team has gone into “listening” mode. They’re still open to improving the club for its playoff push.

10:47 a.m.
A little nugget from Canucks insider Dan Murphy: Jannik Hansen, who was shipped off to San Jose Tuesday night, was reportedly not interested in getting moved to a Canadian team.

10:36 a.m.
A trade!

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Brendan Ranford from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for 5-foot-6 Joe Whitney. A minor-league deal you will soon forget, but the seal has been broken.

Someone just won the office pool.

Fun fact No. 1: Brendan is the nephew of Bill Ranford. The retired goaltender was also dealt on deadline day. Twice. In 1988 and 1999.

Fun fact No. 2: The Avalanche continues its streak by completing a trade on 15 consecutive deadline days. An NHL high.

10:30 a.m.
Our own Chris Johnston reports there is cautious optimism that the basement-dwelling Colorado Avalanche will be able to deal should-be future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in the next five hours.

Avs GM Joe Sakic will likely have to eat some salary here if he can find a buyer for Iggy’s experience, leadership and second-unit power-play contributions.

The Los Angeles Kings are one team eager to add a winger.

10:19 a.m.
TVA’s Renaud Lavoie is dropping a few trade tidbits on his Twitter account.

Teuvo Teravainen, one of the Carolina Hurricanes’ few promising young forwards, is on the block, according to Lavoie. That’s a new one.

Also: Patrick Sharp — who told me he was 100 per cent healthy recently — may not be able to be moved due to health concerns, and Lavoie doubts Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury finds a new home.

I believe the Penguins would be wise to hang on to Fleury as a security blanket for the playoffs. This team has a chance to repeat.

10:03 a.m.
The Calgary Flames are among five teams involved in the Radim Vrbata sweepstakes, according to ESPN’s Craig Custance. Calgary has also been rumoured to have interest in Thomas Vanek.

Vrbata is a deadly shootout artist who already has 15 goals and 47 points for a bad Arizona Coyotes club this season. His expiring contract does come with playoff and scoring bonuses, so this may encourage interested teams to urge Arizona to retain salary.

9:50 a.m.
Ilya Bryzgalov believes former teammate and UFA-to-be Shane Doan would accept a trade to the right situation.

“He deserves the opportunity once and for all to compete for the Stanley Cup,” Bryzgalov says.

9:37 a.m.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be ready to wheel and deal later today, reports John Shannon, as they’ve finished their paperwork in the nick of time.

This is significant because teams have been calling Vegas GM George McPhee wanting to strike deals and protect players from the coming expansion draft.

McPhee made 25 deadline day trades as the Washington Capitals GM from 1998 to 2014.

9:26 a.m.
Thomas Vanek, the best rental winger still available, talks to the Detroit Free Press about the likelihood of getting moved.

Because Detroit GM Ken Holland has not discussed an extension with him, he’s likely headed back to free agency this summer. Watch:

9:18 a.m.
Back in the thick of a wide-open Atlantic Division race, the Boston Bruins will attempt to add today.

“It’s always been about what can help us now with an eye to the future. That might not represent the now, the timing might just not be there,” GM Don Sweeney told reporters Tuesday night.

He cited high prices and the fact opposing GMs are after his young prospects.

“That hasn’t changed. We went through this last year, it was very, very similar,” said Sweeney. “You don’t blame teams. There’s a deadline for a reason, and the supply of players certainly falls off at that point. Teams are going to get what they can.

“Most of the conversations revolve around some particular prospects who we feel are going to be a big part of our organization and we’re not going to deviate.”

9:05 a.m.
Vancouver Canucks, immersed in sell mode, cancel today’s practice. GM Jim Benning will address the media after the deadline passes.

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion, who’s already been busy in acquiring Alex Burrows, says he is open to making more trades before 3 p.m. ET.

8:51 a.m.
Interesting nugget from TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Tampa Bay forward Valtteri Filppula, 32, reportedly rejected a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs this week as part of the Brian Boyle deal:

Tampa GM Steve Yzerman needs to re-sign younger forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin this summer, so his willingness to part with Filppula makes sense.

The winger/centre is signed through 2017-18 at a $5 million cap hit. He holds a modified no-trade clause and must submit a list of 16 teams he’s willing to be dealt to.

8:42 a.m.
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford is among the secondary scorers getting interest.

Stafford, 31, carries a cap hit of $4.35 million and is a free agent on July 1. He has 13 points in 40 games this season.

8:30 a.m.
The Los Angeles Kings, who already acquired Ben Bishop, are looking to move Marian Gaborik and land a more effective scorer for their playoff push.

Tough sell.

Gaborik has four more seasons on his deal at a $4.875 million cap hit. Maybe they look to a rebuilding team with plenty of cap space (Carolina? New Jersey?) and toss in picks and/or prospects as a thank-you for taking on a bad contract.

8:28 a.m.
If Ken Holland can recoup an asset for sometime healthy scratch Steve Ott, surely he’ll have multiple offers for Thomas Vanek today. The Austrian already has 15 goals and 38 points for the Red Wings this season. He and Radim Vrbata represent quick fixes for contenders who want scoring from the wing.

8:11 a.m.
Hockey Central’s guest analyst and unrestricted free agent Ilya Bryzgalov announces that he’s available today. He says he’s been running, working out in the gym and taking shots from his son to stay in shape as he awaits a call from an NHL general manager.

8:00 a.m.
Now that the Steve Ott sweepstakes are over, we expect the trades to start flooding in any minute.

In case you went to bed early, you should know that the Vancouver Canucks traded Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks for Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-rounder. And the busy Montreal Canadiens landed a centre.

Here’s a look at the time of day the first trade was completed during the past nine deadline days. Let’s party like it’s 2015.

2008: 10:31 a.m.
2009: 9:55 a.m.
2010: 10:28 a.m.
2011: 10:35 a.m.
2012: 10:35 a.m.
2013: 12:20 p.m.
2014: 11:30 a.m.
2015: 8:57 a.m.
2016: 9:30 a.m.

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