NHL Trade Deadline: Everything you need to know ahead of 3 p.m. ET

In this Saturday, March 27, 2021 file photo, Buffalo Sabres' Taylor Hall plays against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Boston. The Buffalo Sabres could trade 2018 MVP Hall, who signed for just this season and is a pending free agent. (Michael Dwyer / AP)

The countdown is on.

With the trade deadline quickly approaching on Monday, April 12 at 3 p.m., Sportsnet has everything you need to know about the big day, from team previews, to top players on the block at every position and potential landing spots for big-ticket players.

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How each North Division team can make the most of the trade deadline

Luke Fox: Maple Leafs trade deadline preview: Best targets and trade bait

The Toronto Maple Leafs can’t reasonably offer a marquee target like Hall a contract extension. Unless Dubas elects to go the blockbuster route, this might be the year to simply rent and release.

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Wayne Scanlan: Senators trade deadline preview: Ottawa open for business once again

The Ottawa Senators are the Dollar Store team at the NHL trade deadline. They have plenty of items on the table, but not a lot that would be considered high quality. There could, however, be a bargain piece to round out someone’s depth chart.

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Eric Francis: Flames trade deadline preview: Expect heavy lifting to come in off-season

Like most non-playoff teams, the Flames will most certainly attempt to piece off a few bit parts for late draft picks, but don’t expect GM Brad Treliving to take centre stage anytime soon.

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Mark Spector: Oilers trade deadline preview: Can Ken Holland find the right fit?

Ken Holland will work the Trade Deadline with handcuffs on, due to the fact that Edmonton’s reliance on Long Term Injured Reserve this season — owing to Oscar Klefbom’s injury — leaves the Oilers as a “dollar in dollar out” team.

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Iain MacIntyre: Canucks trade deadline preview: Pressure builds to become a seller

The Canucks' bottom-six forwards, especially, need to be stronger. The good news is nearly all of those expensive, aging pieces are coming off the payroll this summer and next. The bad news is that in the short-term, the Canucks could be even worse as they haven’t enough NHL-ready prospects to fill all the needs on the third and fourth lines.

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Ken Wiebe: Jets trade deadline preview: Is Cheveldayoff willing to spend on big target?

To put that into the simplest terms, that means a team like the Jets is going to have to be willing to part with a prospect — and first-rounder (in either 2021 or 2022) — that they don’t really have any interest in moving.

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Eric Engels: Canadiens trade deadline preview: Can Montreal clear cap space for Ekholm?

Bergevin’s incentive to add to a team that’s been more Jekyll and Hyde than he expected before the season started, it’s still got to be reasonably high. The Canadiens spent more than $100 million over the off-season, Bergevin said he checked four key boxes on his needs list with the acquisitions.

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Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman: How Oilers, Flames will approach trade deadline

Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman discuss how the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers could approach the NHL Trade Deadline.

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What you need to know ahead of the deadline

Emily Sadler: NHL Trade Deadline FAQ: Where to watch, what to know

From buyers to sellers and trade targets to expansion implications, here's what to keep in mind as we near Monday's NHL trade deadline.

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Justin Bourne: Bourne's notebook: What value do NHL draft picks have in 2021?

In his latest notebook, Justin Bourne explains whether the value of 2021 NHL Draft picks have been diminished this season, which teams have exceeded betting expectations and whether players can maintain their pace of play.

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Sportsnet Staff: Top 20 NHL trade candidates to watch ahead of Monday's deadline

The moves have started to happen, but plenty of names are still available ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline. Here are the top 20.

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Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman: Foligno, Janmark among players to watch ahead of trade deadline

Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman go over all the news and rumours around the league with the NHL Trade Deadline on the horizon.

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Ryan Dixon: Biggest wins and whiffs of past five NHL trade deadlines

Whether a team making additions has legit Stanley Cup aspirations or is simply trying to solidify a playoff berth and maybe win a round or two, it’s only natural we focus most of our attention on the moves that either do or do not pay off in the weeks and months ahead.

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Emily Sadler: 9 defencemen who could be moved by the 2021 NHL trade deadline

Anything can happen at the deadline — especially in a year as unpredictable as this, with a handful of teams still straddling the line between contending and not. But as we near 3 p.m. ET on Monday, here's a group of rearguards we're keeping an extra close eye on.

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Josh Beneteau: 12 goalies who could be moved by the 2021 NHL trade deadline

We've seen a number of goalies get claimed off the waiver wire -- some of them more than once. However, for teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals or Toronto Maple Leafs, a more proven goaltender could be had via trade.

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Sportsnet Staff: Jets keeping top prospects out of defenceman trade talks

With the NHL trade deadline approaching, one of the North Division teams poised to buy is the Winnipeg Jets, but they're not willing to let go of any of their top prospects to facilitate a deal.

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Sportsnet Staff: Islanders still interested in acquiring Taylor Hall from Sabres

With Monday around the corner, Taylor Hall remains one of the biggest players that could be dealt at the trade deadline — and the New York Islanders appear to be still interested in the star winger.

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Chris Johnston: Hall willing to talk extension with team that trades for him

Chris Johnston breaks down the latest news around the league, touching on the COVID-19 situation in Vancouver and Taylor Hall's willingness to discuss an extension with a team that trades for him.

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Justin Bourne: Best and most likely outcomes for top Canadian teams at NHL trade deadline

The Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens all have needs, as well as a best case scenario at the trade deadline, but there is a more-likely analysis of what will happen in reality at the deadline for each of the top Canadian teams.

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Mike Johnston: Five potential trade destinations for Sabres' Taylor Hall

With the NHL trade deadline less than one month away, the hockey world’s collective eyes are fixated on the Buffalo Sabres and what potential moves the floundering franchise might make. One player many expect to be dealt in the near future is 2018 Hart Trophy recipient Taylor Hall.

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Sportsnet Staff: What to expect from every NHL team at the 2021 trade deadline

From cap room, to draft picks held, team needs and potential assets to move, we get you prepared for the NHL trade deadline with what to expect from each team.

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Mike Futa, Kris Versteeg: Trade Deadline Matchmaker: Perfect targets for buying Canadian teams

In the first edition of Trade Deadline Matchmaker, Mike Futa and Kris Versteeg each pick a player they believe would be the ‘perfect match’ for all four ‘buyers’ in the Canadian North division ahead of the trade deadline.

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Expert insight into completed deals

Luke Fox: Why Nick Foligno’s heart chose the Maple Leafs at the deadline

Nick Foligno listened to his heart, and it told him joining the Maple Leafs was the right thing to do. But the heart is informed by the brain. And, in Toronto, the former Blue Jackets captain has observed a Cup-contending core that has learned something about themselves.

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Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs continue roster evolution with Foligno trade

This acquisition continues an evolution of the Leafs roster that started after last summer’s five-game loss to Columbus, where a number of veteran forwards bring skill and off-ice intangibles to the team.

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Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs trading for Nash hints at more moves to come before deadline

Assuming Nash’s recovery goes as expected, he’ll add a little more insurance for a Maple Leafs team eyeing a long playoff run. But, as the deadline looms, his acquisition also hints at more moves to come in Toronto.

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Luke Fox: Why Sheldon Keefe is high on Maple Leafs' trade for Riley Nash

If the newest Toronto Maple Leaf gets into the club’s playoff lineup, coach Sheldon Keefe expects Riley Nash to make a defensive impact.

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