>> Update 3:18 p.m.: The Colorado Avalanche have sent defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick.
>> Update 3:02 p.m.: Friendly reminder that while the 3 p.m. deadline has passed but deals can still be announced anywhere from a half hour to 45 minutes afterward as the paperwork is processed by the league.
Meanwhile, Phoenix has traded Raffi Torres to the San Jose Sharks for a third-round pick.
>> Update 2:58 p.m.: Columbus has acquired forward Blake Comeau from the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round pick.
>> Update 2:45 p.m.: Buffalo has traded Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild for goaltender Matt Hackett and forward prospect Johan Larsson.
>> Update 2:38 p.m.: According to multiple reports the New York Rangers have traded Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett, defensive prospect John Moore and a sixth round pick.
>> Update 2:32 p.m.: The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded goaltender Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round pick.
>> Update 2:10 p.m.: Via TSN’s Bob McKenzie Tampa Bay has acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators as it continues to try and find a true No. 1 goaltender to anchor their team. The Lightning will send winger Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick back to Ottawa for Bishop.
>> Update 2:01 p.m.: Mike Ribeiro said Wednesday afternoon at KCI that he doesn’t expect to be traded or sign a contract extension today. “I think we have a good thing going here. Close to our division, close to making the playoffs,” Ribeiro said. “I don’t really see myself move or sign today.”
>> Update 1:34 p.m.: TSN is reporting that Carolina has sent center Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional seventh round pick. According to Bob McKenzie, the Hurricanes will be retaining some of Jokinen’s $3 million salary in the trade.
>> Update 1:20 p.m.: A few minor trades happened as the Capitals came off the ice for practice. Nashville sent Scott Hannan (Anyone remember that line change in the 2011 playoffs against Tampa Bay?) to the San Jose for a conditional seventh-round pick. If Hannan plays in the postseason that turns into a sixth-round pick. And Edmonton acquired Jerred Smithson from the Florida Panthers for a fourth-round pick.
>> It could be a day with little movement around the league considering that many of the available big-name players have already been moved in the week leading up to Wednesday’s deadline.
To name a few: Jarome Iginla went to Pittsburgh as did Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, Jaromir Jagr was traded to the Boston Bruins, Ryane Clowe was sent to the New York Rangers, Jay Bouwmeester was shipped to the St. Louis Blues, Robyn Regehr went to the L.A. Kings and Derek Roy was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.
Capitals center Mike Ribeiro is one of the more interesting cases with the deadline just a few hours away. He’s made it clear he’s looking for a long-term deal and Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported earlier Wednesday that Ribeiro is willing to take a four-year deal as opposed to his previous preference for a five-year deal.
While Ribeiro could draw interest as a rental in a deadline day deal, with Washington in the midst of a playoff hunt it seems unlikely McPhee would be willing to trade away the team’s No. 2 center and second leading scorer (35 points) even if the two sides aren’t close to reaching an agreement on a new deal.
>> One other Capitals name that popped up on Wednesday as a possible trade candidate according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is veteran winger Jason Chimera.
The 33-year-old left wing has one year remaining on his current contract after this season with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million. It’s been a rough season for Chimera offensively. After recording his first career 20-goal season in 2011-12 but in 32 games this season he has just one goal and eight assists.
>> The Washington Capitals embarked on a road trip last Friday knowing that how they fared in three games against Buffalo, Philadelphia and Carolina would not only impact their postseason chances but could sway the organization’s approach at the trade deadline.
Wednesday they return to Arlington for practice having obtained five of a possible six points in their past three games. The Capitals sit two points back of the Southeast Division lead with two games in hand on the Winnipeg Jets and four points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders.
The Southeast Division title and a sixth-consecutive postseason berth are very much within Washington’s reach. Given that the Capitals seem to be finding a rhythm under Coach Adam Oates winning two out of every three games through the final 12 contests of the regular season, which would secure a playoff spot according to most projections, doesn’t seem all that farfetched given their remaining schedule.
So will General Manager George McPhee look to add any complementary players for a playoff push or largely stand pat with this group that reached hockey’s version of .500 with their win over Carolina Tuesday night?
Stay tuned for updates on whatever moves the Capitals make and whatever deals occur around the league as the 3 p.m. trade deadline approaches.