Today is the deadline for all trades in the 2013 regular season. At 3 PM EDT, all team-to-team transactions must be filed. After that, all rosters are what they are.
As such, trades have ramped up in recent days. Just look at the trade tracker at NHL.com. Fourteen deals have been made since March 28. And they all haven't been minor moves. Robyn Regher has been traded to Los Angeles for picks. Calgary has already been selling as Jarome Iginla was moved to Pittsburgh and Jay Bouwmeester was moved to St. Louis. Dallas has done the same as Derek Roy was shipped to Vancouver and Jaromir Jagr is now a Bruin. The Goalless Forward Ryan Clowe has gone from the Bay Area to the grim and cold confines of Midtown Manhattan for picks. And by the time you see this - it's being written at 7 PM EDT on Tuesday - there may have been some other notable transactions as well.
It's unclear how much action there will be today. There are a lot of teams who are or at least believe that they are in going to the playoffs. Not to mention that the salary cap ceiling will drop from $70.2 million to $64.3 million for the 2013-14 season. That could put teams off from acquiring big salaries except for a rental scenario. Therefore, there aren't as many selling teams. That could increase the cost of acquiring a talented player who can help out right now, presuming that such talented players are available.
As for the New Jersey Devils, well, who really knows if they'll make any moves. Word doesn't often leak from Newark about trades. Moreover, it's not quite clear what they can do. The team doesn't have their third round, fifth round, or seventh round pick for this year and they have to forfeit a first round pick in either the 2013 or 2014 draft due to the NHL's petulance. The team's short on skilled forward prospects so it's in the best interests of their prospect system to not toss high picks away for little gain. They certainly have plenty of defensemen, both at NHL and lower levels, they could move but that presumes there would be interest in any of them that could be moved. Moving a NHL forward outside of a straight swap for one isn't in the cards in my view. The team's biggest need is a scoring winger, especially now that Ilya Kovalchuk is injured. However, could one player make up for a bottom-third team shooting percentage in 5-on-5 play? I fear not. On top of all that, it appears that the Devils have plenty of cap space for next season per CapGeek.But it won't last long because they do have over 14 free agents that they'll have to re-sign or mostly replace. Adding a non-expiring contract could limit what they could do.
Therefore, if the Devils make a move today, then I would it expect it to be a minor move. Something more along the lines of how the team acquired Alexei Ponikarovsky (for a pick), Andrei Loktionov (for a fifth), and Matt D`Agostini (for a conditional fourth). A low cost, low risk trade with a potentially low reward at worst. It may not be what the team needs but I don't think what the team needs is available. And even that may not even be in the cards. That said, I really don't know anything with the Devils until it happens.
So in the meantime, please use the comments of this post to discuss the trades that have been made all around the league either today or in the past few days. Comment on who messed up (e.g. if Toronto really does go out and get Mr. 86.8% Miikka Kiprusoff), who did really well (e.g. Boston adding Jagr for very little), and everything else in between. All I ask is that you follow the standard rules with one important one just for today: don't spread bad rumors from bad rumor sites. Stick and link to people who know things like the guys at TSN or an actual hockey reporter. Avoid sites of poor repute like Hockeybuzz or people who can't spell insider. This way we can focus on what's gone on and not muddle people with things that didn't happen despite what "sources" say. Thank you and enjoy the open discussion regardless of what the Devils do or (most likely) do not do.