By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
3:34 p.m.: It feels safe to say that this trade deadline is officially over. It will go down in history as … well, it won’t go down in history at all. It was uneventful. Sometimes, that’s just the way things shake out.
But before we say goodbye, one more trade:
3:13 p.m.: Another late trade trickling in, and this one involves Boston too. The Bruins will be adding Lee Stempniak.
The 33-year-old right winger had 16 goals and 25 assists in 63 games for the New Jersey Devils this season. Stempniak has played for eight teams in his 11-year career. He has 181 goals and 229 assists in 771 career games at the NHL level.
3:03 p.m.: The Bruins were active, though not in the way most people expected. Loui Eriksson was NOT traded, but the team has acquired John-Michael Liles.
Here’s what Liles cost the Bruins:
And on Loui:
3:01 p.m.: The clock has struck the proverbial midnight on this deadline day. We now wait to see what late moves trickle through the news wire, but it appears this will be a mostly quiet deadline.
2:56 p.m.: Here’s a name we haven’t heard much about for the Bruins: John-Michael Liles.
Not a lot of time to get that done.
2:52 p.m.: Chicago, somehow, has the ability to add Dan Hamhuis, and they’re apparently going for it.
2:40 p.m.: If a trade of Loui Eriksson is imminent, then the player doesn’t know about it yet.
2:31 p.m.: Less than 30 minutes to go …
2:18 p.m.: The Panthers made an interesting move, sending Brandon Pirri to Anaheim for a sixth-round pick.
Pirri has 11 goals and 13 assists on the year for the Panthers, who sit atop the Atlantic Division. Pirri is currently injured, so it’s not a huge move, but it’s interesting for a team in Florida’s position to cut ties with a player like that for a sixth-round pick. Pirri scored 22 goals in 49 games last season for Florida.
1:45 p.m.: There’s a little over an hour left to deal, and the Bruins might be zeroing in on Dan Hamhuis.
The 33-year-old veteran D-man isn’t a big point producer but would represent an upgrade defensively on the Boston blue line.
But don’t expect the pursuit to be easy.
1:36 p.m.: Another trade, and this is another player that everybody knew would be on the move. Kris Russell is heading to Dallas.
The 28-year-old D-man has four goals and 11 assists on the year.
Also, the Avalanche didn’t stop with the Boedker acquisition.
1:13 p.m.: A trade! (Probably.)
Mikkel Boedker may be on the move, from Arizona to Colorado.
Boedker, 26, has 13 goals and 26 assists this season in 62 games.
12:51 p.m.: Dan Hamhuis is one of the few big names (relatively speaking) expected to be on the move today, and the team’s plan to not have him attend practice seems to indicate that he’s close to a sure thing to be traded.
12:22 p.m.: Darren Dreger is wondering out loud if the Stars might make themselves the big winners of the day.
12:04 p.m.: Some activity on the waiver wire:
And in the rumor mill:
11:47 a.m.: It’s nearing noon Eastern time, and today has been quiiiieeeet. Too quiet. Hopefully we get some action soon, because waiting is no fun.
11 a.m.: This probably won’t have an impact on anything, but …
Rinaldo was placed on waivers yesterday. He’ll never be a significant name on deadline day, but it bears some watching if the Bruins do have some things brewing. Loui Eriksson is on the ice for practice.
9:49 a.m.: We’ve got another trade, albeit one that was not discussed leading into deadline day and probably won’t be talked about much after deadline day. Nevertheless, a deal:
9:30 a.m.: The wild and crazy day that is NHL trade deadline day is finally here. But a number of GMs couldn’t wait until Monday to get this year’s party started.
Already, we’ve seen a number of trades made around the league. On Thursday, the Jets sent Andrew Ladd (plus Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser) to Chicago for Marko Dano and a first-round and third-round (conditional) pick. Christian Ehrhoff went from L.A. to Chicago in exchange for Rob Scuderi on Friday. The Maple Leafs sent James Reimer (and Jeremy Morin) to San Jose for Ben Smith, Alex Stalock and and a 2018 conditional fourth-round pick. The Flames sent Jiri Hudler to Florida for a couple of picks.
The big move of the weekend came when the Hurricanes traded their captain, Eric Staal, to the Rangers, in exchange for Aleksi Saarela and second-round picks in the next two drafts.
The Hurricanes also traded Kris Versteeg to the Kings for Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth rounder.
And we also saw the Leafs acquire Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and a second-round pick for Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round pick.
As for today, it should be busy as always. The latest word is that the Bruins are asking for a top player and a prospect in exchange for Loui Eriksson.
We’ll monitor how that situation changes throughout the day, as the Bruins and the rest of the league have a frenzied morning and afternoon leading up to the deadline at 3 p.m. ET. Follow along here for the latest updates from around the league all day long.