The NHL trade deadline is officially upon us and plenty of teams will be looking to improve ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. (ET) cutoff. That being said, there's already been plenty of action leading up to Monday as clubs got a head start on their mid-season shopping lists.
There should be plenty more action to be had on the market as we get closer to the league deadline so keep track of all the major moves, as well as some of the pieces likely to move, with the tracker below.
When is the deadline?
This year's NHL trade deadline cutoff will be be on Monday, Feb. 24th at 3 p.m. ET. All teams looking to trade players will have to file their trade paperwork before the deadline.
Here's an updating list of some of the most significant trades made ahead of the deadline:
Who might be on the move?
Let's explore which players and teams might be active around the deadline this season
Chris Kreider New York Rangers LW
|Kreider, 28, is in the final year of his current deal ($4.6 million cap hit) with the Rangers, who are rebuilding, and he has expressed interest in signing an extension. But if a deal can't be reached and New York elects to recoup assets for an expiring asset, they should get a good haul for the winger. He brings a rare combination of speed, size and skill and would be a valuable add for a team looking to contend down the stretch. The Bruins, Avalanche, Penguins and Blues are among the teams reportedly interested in him.|
Tyler Toffoli Los Angeles Kings RW
|Kings try to get younger. He's on the final year of his current contract with a $4.6 million cap hit. He's been linked to the Bruins, Flames and Oilers, among others.-- Toffoli, 27, is a versatile veteran forward who will likely be shipped out of Los Angeles as the|
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Ottawa Senators C
|Pageau, 27, is having a breakout year in Ottawa and began the season on a torrid pace. He's slowed down a bit but still has attracted plenty of attention from teams around the league, who could be interested in his services as a depth center and special teams contributor for a playoff run. He's making $3.1 on the cap this year in the final season of his current deal.|
Alexandar Georgiev New York Rangers G
|The 23-year-old Georgiev has proven himself to be a valuable commodity this season. The young goaltender has done well backing up Henrik Lundqvist but could be dealt as a result of the Rangers' roster situation. Igor Shesterkin has made the jump to the NHL and is the heir apparent to Lundqvist, so that means Georgiev has become expendable. He can serve as both short-term and long-term insurance in net, and the Maple Leafs and Avalanche are among the teams who have inquired. He's in the final year of his entry-level contract and will become a restricted free agent this summer.|
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings D
|Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets.-- Martinez, 31, is a veteran defenseman who brings skill and intangibles on the blue line. The Kings may elect to deal him in order to stockpile pieces for their rebuild, but he's not a rental. Martinez is signed through 2021 with a cap hit of $4 million. He's been linked to the Avalanche, Boston Bruins,|
Kyle Palmieri New Jersey Devils RW
|Palmieri has a year remaining on his contract ($4.65M cap hit) beyond this season but he's a vet who could also be shipped out of New Jersey for the right offer. The 28-year-old has scored 20-30 goals in each of the past four seasons and is on his way to making it five. He would be a nice pickup for a team looking to add offense, and there are plenty of potential suitors in that department.|
Sami Vatanen New Jersey Devils D
|Vatanen, 28, is a strong candidate to follow Taylor Hall on his way out of New Jersey this season. The Devils are sellers and Vatanen -- a dependable, veteran presence on the blue line -- has an expiring contract with a $4.9 million cap hit. New Jersey could look to extend him, but he'd be a strong add for a team interested in adding to their defensive corps. He's been most closely linked to the Vegas Golden Knights.|
Brenden Dillon San Jose Sharks D
|Sharks team in the midst of a disastrous season. The veteran defenseman has very limited offensive upside but is a big body (6-foot-4, 225 lbs.) who would provide extra depth to a contending team's blue line. The Bruins, Maple Leafs, Jets and Hurricanes are among a reported half-dozen teams interested in him.-- Dillon, 29, is on the final year of his deal ($3.27M cap hit) and is likely to be traded by a|
Ilya Kovalchuk Montreal Canadiens LW
|Canadiens and has thrived in Montreal. With the Habs falling out of contention, they could flip the veteran winger for a pick or prospect.-- Kovalchuk, 36, was up for grabs earlier this season after being released by the Los Angeles Kings. There was minimal interest thanks to lack of production and concerns about his commitment, but he was eventually signed to a one-year, league minimum deal with the|
Alex Galchenyuk Pittsburgh Penguins LW
|-- Galchenyuk, 25, has become a bit of a journeyman recently and is currently playing for his third team in three years. He's on the block again as a result of being squeezed out of a Penguins lineup that continues to get healthier. He was once seen as a promising young forward but hasn't been able to fully put it together and his struggles playing alongside Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin aren't a great sign. Still, someone could be interested in buying low on Galchenyuk, who carries a $4.9 million cap hit in the final year of his current deal.|