NHL trade deadline tracker: Recapping every move made ahead of 2022-23 season deadline
The 2022-23 NHL season enters the home stretch and was marked by a trade deadline on Friday, March 3 at 3:00 pm ET.
In the league, some big names were moved a week before the deadline with Vladimir Tarasenko landed for the New York Rangers, Bo Horvath signed with the New York Islanders and Ryan O’Reilly are sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But many, many more players have been sold this week as the Friday deadline approaches. Below is a summary of the steps taken.
March 3: Wild Land John Klingberg
The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman John Klingberg from the Anaheim Ducks. according to Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic. The return is not yet known.
- In the offseason, Klingberg signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Ducks, so he’ll be an unrestricted free agent again this summer.
Klingberg, 30, has eight goals and 16 assists in 50 games for the Ducks in 2022-23. The seasoned defenseman spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Dallas Stars but failed to reach an agreement on a long-term franchise extension. Selected in the fifth round in 2010, the player scored 79 goals and provided 319 assists in 602 career games.
March 3: The Sabres acquire Jordan Greenway in exchange for the Wild.
On Friday, the Buffalo Sabers acquire Greenaway from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a couple of draft picks.
Welcome to Buffalo, Jordan!#LetsGoBuffalo
— Buffalo Sabers (@BuffaloSabres) March 3, 2023
- As part of the deal, the Sabers sent the Wild a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick.
- Wild did not withhold any salary from the trade.
A change of scenery might be just what the doctor ordered for Greenway. Greenaway, 26, has only two goals and five assists in 45 games for the Wild this season. A 2015 second-round pick with 38 goals over the last five seasons, it’s possible the Sabres still believe in Greenway’s potential. Greenaway’s most productive season came in the 2020–21 season when he scored six goals and had 26 assists in 56 games.
March 3: The Penguins bring back Nick Bonino
The Pittsburgh Penguins are bringing back a familiar face. On Friday, the Penguins acquired forward Nick Bonino in a three-team trade with the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens.
The deal is as follows:
- The Penguins take on Nick Bonino
- The Sharks received defenseman Arvid Henriksson, a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick, and a 2023 seventh-round pick from the Penguins.
- The Canadiens received guard Tony Sund and a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Sharks.
Bonino, 34, is on loan as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer with a $2.05 million maximum earnings. As part of the deal, the Canadiens receive 50% of Bonino’s salary.
BONINO! BONINO! BONINO IS BACK!
Penguins acquire forward @NickBonino in a three-team trade involving the San Jose Sharks and the Montreal Canadiens.
Full information: https://t.co/eP2LTGiG3x pic.twitter.com/EYCyITEg1w
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 3, 2023
Bonino won Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017 and scored 27 goals and 39 assists in 143 regular season games during that time. The veteran forward also scored 25 (8 assists, 17) points in 45 postseason games, including a game-tying goal against the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2016 postseason.
The former Penguin has 10 goals and 9 assists in 59 games for the Sharks this season.
March 3: Penguins add Dmitry Kulikov in exchange for Ducks
The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly made a deal with the Anaheim Ducks for the second time in a row. According to Frank Seravalli of the Daily FaceoffThe Penguins acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Ducks in exchange for forward Brock McGinn and a third-round pick.
- The biggest takeaway is that the Ducks are taking over McGinn’s $2.75 million cap over the next two seasons.
- However, the Penguins swallowed Mikael Granlund’s $5.0 million cap and Granlund signed for the 2024–25 season.
Kulikov, 32, has scored three goals and 12 assists in 61 games this season. The seasoned guard will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season and will likely pair with Ian Rutta in Pittsburgh’s third defensive duo.
March 3: Sharks are reported to be sending Vladislav Namestnikov to the Jets
Vladislav Namestnikov competes with Jonathan Quick for the title of the most traveled person in the NHL this week. On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets acquired center Vladislav Namestnikov from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2025 fourth-round pick.
#SJSharks traded Vladislav Namestnikov to Winnipeg for a 2025 fourth round selection.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 3, 2023
- On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Namestnikov to the Sharks for forward Mikey Eissimont.
- The Jets will become Namestnikov’s eighth NHL team in his 10-year NHL career. Namestnikov was also pushed back to the 2022 trade deadline when the Detroit Red Wings traded him to the Stars in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick.
Namestnikov, 30, has six goals and nine assists in 57 games for the Lightning this season. During his career, Namestnikov scored 113 goals and made 138 assists in six double-digit goal tally campaigns.
March 3: The Flyers sign Zach McEwan to the Kings.
The Philadelphia Flyers made their first streak on the last day. On Friday, the Flyers traded forward Zach McEwan to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2024 fifth-round pick.
We acquired Philadelphia Flyers forward Zach McEwan in exchange for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2024 fifth-round pick.#GoKingsGo
— Los Angeles Kings (@LAKings) March 3, 2023
- McEwan was just activated from injured reserve on Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw.
- McEwan is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and receive $925,000.
McEwan, 26, has four goals and five assists in 46 games for the Flyers in 2022-23. Meanwhile, Lemieux, 26, has made three assists in 27 games this season and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
March 3: Devils acquire Curtis Lazar from Canucks.
On Friday, the New Jersey Devils acquired center Curtis Lazar from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick.
#VIOLATION: We purchased @CurtisLazar95 from @Canucks in exchange for our 4th round pick in 2024. pic.twitter.com/Db2Rgnrc7G
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) March 3, 2023
- Lazar is currently in the first year of a three-year contract that runs until the 2024/25 season.
- The 28-year-old forward has three points and two assists in 45 games for the Canucks this season.
Lazar gives the Devils some depth in the center behind the likes of Jack Hughes, Nico Hishir and Eric Howla.
March 3: Red Wings trade Jakub Vrana for Blues
The St. Louis Blues added a veteran to their hitting squad. On Friday, the Blues acquired winger Jakub Vrana from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Dylan McLaughlin and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
TRADE WARNING: The Blues have acquired Jakub Vrana from the Detroit Red Wings. #stableblues
DETAILS >>> https://t.co/uNH9NKStzM pic.twitter.com/WsCxhXQbN6
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 3, 2023
- It’s not a loan as Vrana is signed for the 2023-24 season and has an annual cap of $5.25 million.
- Vrana spent the last three seasons with the Red Wings after starting his career with the Washington Capitals.
27-year-old Vrana has 32 (22 assists 10) points in 42 regular season games for the Red Wings over the past three seasons. He will likely fit into the Blues’ third spot and should give the team good depth among the bottom six forwards at a relatively low cost.
March 2: The Stars acquire Max Domi in exchange for the Blackhawks.
The Chicago sale continues. The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Max Domi and goaltender Dylan Wells to the Dallas Stars for goaltender Anton Khudobin and a 2025 second-round pick.
- Khudobin will report to the Blackhawks-affiliated Rockford Icehogs AHL team.
- The Stars had just over $500,000 in their ceiling, so Khudobin was included in the deal to make the money work, as he has a $2.2 million cap. Khudobin played for the Texas Stars, the Stars’ affiliate in the AHL, and has scored 2.89 goals against an average in 24 games this season.
- The Blackhawks now have 14 first-round picks in the next three NHL drafts, including six first-round picks.
The 28-year-old Domi played well as the Blackhawks’ first line center in the 2022-23 season. The veteran forward has 18 goals and 31 assists in 60 games for Chicago this season. He could be a good addition to the Stars’ 12th powerplay, as he proved to be a key asset on the Blackhawks’ top line with eight powerplay goals and 10 powerplay assists. Domi is on loan as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
March 2: The Oilers added Nick Byugstad in a trade for the Coyotes.
The Edmonton Oilers continue to surround Connor McDavid and company with talent. On Thursday, the Oilers acquired center Nick Bjugstad and prospect Cam Dinin from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick and prospect Michael Kesselring.