>> Update: The Capitals acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak — yes him — and a third-round pick in 2015 from Buffalo in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who was part of the trade that sent Martin Erat to Phoenix Tuesday. More on the deal here.
>> Update: We’ve reached 3 p.m. but that’s simply the deadline deals need to be filed with the league. Trades are often announced in the next 60 to 90 minutes as the moves are finalized — take last year for example when Martin Erat’s trade to the Capitals wasn’t announced for at least an hour after the deadline.
Some of the trades that have trickled out since incluing Thomas Vanek heading to Montreal from the Islanders, who receive prospect Sebastien Collberg and a second-round pick, Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota from Buffalo for Torrey Mitchell and Nashville sending David Legwand to Detroit.
>> Update: Boston adds the defensive depth they were looking for in acquiring Andrej Meszaros from Philadelphia, who already landed Andrew MacDonald on Tuesday, for a third-round pick.
>> Update: Another goaltending swap as Tim Thomas heads to Dallas while the Stars send Dan Ellis back to Florida.
>> Update: Columbus adds defenseman Nick Schultz from Edmonton for a fifth-round pick.
>> Update: The New Jersey Devils, another team vying for a playoff spot alongside the Caps, has acquired Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.
>> Update: Pittsburgh added some forward depth acquiring Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers for a third-round pick in 2015 and fifth-round pick in 2014 according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
>> Update: Marian Gaborik is on the move again. Metropolitan Division rival Columbus, which jumped into the last wild card spot after a win Tuesday night, has traded the right winger to Los Angeles for forward Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick. This will be the third team Gaborik has played for in the last two seasons. More on the Blue Jackets parting ways with Gaborik from the good folks at the Columbus Post Dispatch here.
>> Update: The goaltender movement continues as Montreal adds depth with Devan Dubnyk from Nashville for future considerations. Dubnyk started the season with the Oilers then went to the Predators as part of the deal that sent former Capital Matt Hendricks to Edmonton in January.
>> Update: After signing veteran defenseman Chris Phillips to a two-year, $5 million extension Ottawa also landed pending unrestricted free agent Ales Hemsky from Edmonton for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015.
>> Update: TSN’s Trade Center was the focal point of the visitors’ dressing room as the Capitals came off the ice and every player wanted details of the captain swap between the Lightning and Rangers.
Tampa Bay sent Martin St. Louis, who had requested to be traded earlier in the season, to New York in exchange for pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Callahan for a first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional second-round pick in 2014. (If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals the second-round pick becomes a first-round choice in 2014.)
“The Lightning are very excited to have Ryan Callahan join the organization and help us in our quest to make the playoffs,” Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said in a news release. “We’d like to thank Marty for everything he has done on and off the ice during his outstanding 13-year career in Tampa Bay. He has been one of the greatest players in the organization’s history but in the end we honored his request today. We wish him and his family the best of luck as he continues his career in New York.”
>> PHILADELPHIA – The Capitals recently wrapped up their skate at Wells Fargo Center ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Flyers and after what was an eventful trade-deadline eve for them and around the league.
Washington acquired Dustin Penner from Anaheim Tuesday afternoon in exchange for the 2014 fourth-round pick that the Ducks sent to the Capitals back in September as part of the Mathieu Perreault deal. Resident fancy stats guru Neil Greenberg weighed in on the low-risk deal and believes Penner is a steal for the Caps. Based on the line rushes in the morning skate, Penner will make his Capitals debut as second-line left wing on a unit with Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer.
Tuesday night, the Capitals finally parted ways with Martin Erat sending him to Phoenix with prospect John Mitchell for veteran defenseman Rostislav Klesla, prospect Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Both Klesla and Brown were assigned the AHL’s Hershey Bears, though, leaving the Capitals still without any clear defensive help.
Elsewhere around the league Tuesday, the biggest splash came as Vancouver sent goaltender Roberto Luongo (along with prospect Steven Anthony) back to the Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias ending a three-year saga with the Canucks’ depth chart in net.
Several goaltenders have been on the move ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline. In addition to Luongo, Minnesota acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from Edmonton for a 2014 fourth rounder; Edmonton picked up Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for a fifth (2014) and third (2015) round pick and of course last week St. Louis landed Ryan Miller along with Steve Ott from Buffalo in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, forward prospect William Carrier and a conditional first-round pick (2015).
Inexpensive defensive options also were on the move with Mike Weaver going from Florida to Montreal for a fifth round pick in 2015, Anahiem flipped the pick they received from the Capitals to acquire Stephane Robidas from Dallas and Andrew MacDonald went from the Islanders to the Flyers for a third-rounder in 2014, a second-rounder in 2015 and minor-league prospect Matt Mangene. MacDonald is expected to suit up on a defensive pairing with Luke Schenn tonight against the Caps.
Does General Manager George McPhee have another deal up his sleeve to add defensive depth? We’ll find out in the next few hours.