The NHL trade deadline doesn’t arrive until 3 p.m. Wednesday but that doesn’t mean that general managers aren’t already busy wheeling and dealing. Here’s a rundown of all the movement on Tuesday and be sure to check back for updates as more deals happen.
>> Jaromir Jagr was the biggest player remaining on the board Tuesday, but according to multiple reports, the Dallas Stars have traded the veteran winger to the Boston Bruins for two prospects and a draft pick. The trade has not been finalized, though.
Update, 2:45 p.m.: The deal is now official: Jagr to Boston for a conditional second rounder in 2013, plus prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne.
Jagr, 41, has recorded 14 goals and 12 assists in 33 games for the Stars this season and could be a good fit in Boston. The Bruins have been looking to add a top winger prior to the deadline and after losing the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes last week, Jagr seemed like a logical second option.
While Jagr could likely help any playoff-bound team, it was highly unlikely the Capitals would have been interested in his services. Jagr’s two and a half year tenure in Washington didn’t end well and it would have been extremely surprising if owner Ted Leonsis and General Manager George McPhee had opted to bring him back.
>> San Jose traded left wing Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers for a second- and third-round pick. The Sharks will also receive a conditional second-rounder in the event that Clowe re-signs with the Rangers or they win two playoff rounds this year, if neither occurs that final pick will be a fifth-round choice.
>> The Capitals made two moves of their own Tuesday, signing college free agent defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, entry level deal and re-aquire AHL enforcer Joel Rechlicz.
Schmidt, 21, recorded nine goals and 32 points in 40 games during his junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers this year and is expected to practice with the Capitals on Wednesday in Arlington.
The addition of Schmidt gives Washington 11 defensemen when counting players on the active roster and on injured reserve. After midnight NHL rosters can expand past the 23-man limit. Schmidt is a left-handed shot of which the Capitals already have six: Karl Alzner, John Erskine, Tom Poti, Jack Hillen, Dmitry Orlov and Jeff Schultz.
Washington acquired Rechlicz from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for another American League tough guy Matt Clackson.
Rechlicz, 25, played three games for Washington last season when then-coach Dale Hunter was in search of a “physical” presence. In 36 games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates this season, Rechlicz has 149 penalty minutes.
>> The Dallas Stars are one of the few teams clearly willing to trade away significant portions of the roster, and before moving Jagr they sent center Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick and defensive prospect Kevin Connauton.
>> The Hurricanes, who host Washington tonight at PNC Arena in Raleigh, also made a move, sending Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron. If all goes well with Bergeron’s travel to Carolina, he’s expected to be in the lineup against the Capitals.
“I’m familiar with him from being with him in montreal,” Hurricanes Coach Kirk Muller said. “His speciality is the power play and we all know that we need help out there on the blue line.”