Sunday, March 01, 2015
Minor tweaks, or Major overhauls? The Deadline arrives at dawn as teams look for that one key addition.
As TSN, Sportsnet and others prepare their major battle plans for the day ahead, GM's were quietly moving some parts here and there, swinging ten deals over Saturday and into early Monday morning, bringing the total of trades conducted since the start of the season to 45 to this point.
Some of those previous transactions perhaps the big deal for a few of the teams, Winnipeg moving Evander Kane probably ranks among the most widely discussed to this point, the name recognition of Jaromir Jagr heading to Florida more of a interesting aside than a strategic debate.
The Maple Leafs beginning the process of yet another new era has made for a bit of background to the trade rumours of late, injuries as well are providing for some focus, as teams like Chicago seek to keep their momentum heading in the right direction despite the hospital reports.
Then there are the teams that are on the cusp of the Wild Card spots or battling it out in a tough division race, one or two additions could make the difference between finishing out of the Stanley Cup playoffs and making May and June hockey months in their hometowns.
Through Monday morning the deals will percolate, some will come to pass, others will fade as quickly as they were cooked up, a small detail or change of dynamic making the original draft no longer a blue print for playoff success.
As the networks, GM's and players settle in for the Deadline Day decisions, we'll return to our live blogging approach to the day's events, keeping an eye on the developments, highlighting the one's that may change the future for a team and giving the ole What the hell, to some of the others that may leave us scratching our heads.
You can catch up on the deals as Monday Morning dawns from our Archive page, which we will update through the day, as we post our notes to the blog all the way to the final buzzer.
Our Hour by Hour Archives can be found below as Deadline Day moves forward.
And now for the late additions to the deadline notices (Segment Six)
Into the homestretch we go (Segment Five)
Someone other than Bob Hartley Pick up a Phone (Segment Four)
Waiting for the Deals to Drop (Segment Three)
Folks are waking up (Segment Two)
The Early Hours (Segment One)
Some of the other portals of note for the 2015 Trade Deadline can be found below:
NHL Trade Deadline Listings
NHL Trade Deadline Backgrounders
Hockey Night in Canada Trade Deadline Tracker
Sportsnet Trade Deadline 2015
TSN Trade Centre
The Hockey News
Post Media Trade Deadline coverage
NHL on NBC