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The National Hockey League's trade deadline is a date set by the NHL league office after which no trades will be allowed for the remainder of the season. The date has usually been set for mid-March, although the deadline for the past few seasons has been moved up to early March. The deadline for the 2006-07 season was set for February 27 at 3:00pm EST. In the current CBA, the trade deadline is on 40th day counting from the end of the regular season while previously it was on 26th day.

The NHL trade deadline, and the weeks beforehand, usually brings a flurry of activities for many teams. Teams who are either making a final push to secure the last playoff spots, or hoping to go deep into the playoffs, will trade to acquire a key veteran or a proven scorer in order to solidify their rosters. Conversely, teams who are re-building with younger players will want to trade away their more expensive players in order to "dump" (reduce) salary and get draft picks in return. Also, players who are about to become unrestricted free agents and have indicated that they do not want to return to their respective teams may be traded away so that those teams will get something in return, instead of having such players sign on with another team while their former teams receive nothing in return.

The NHL trade deadline also generates a huge buzz for hockey fans (especially those in Canada) and analysts, as there will be much speculations and discussions about which players will get traded and where they will go. In Canada, the NHL trade deadline is treated with such significance that sports stations such as TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and The Score will devote the entire trade deadline day to analyze the trades that have occurred throughout the day, and the trades that have already happened prior to that day.

Some big-name players have historically been traded on NHL trade deadline day or days prior to the deadline.


2006-07 NHL season

February 27, 2007 - Edmonton Oilers trade Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra and a 2007 1st round draft pick.

February 25, 2007 - St. Louis Blues trade Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers for Glen Metropolit, 2007 first round draft pick and 2007 3rd round draft pick, 2008 2nd round draft pick, and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2008 should Tkachuk re-sign with Atlanta during the 2007 off-season as an unrestricted free agent.

February 16, 2007 - Philadelphia Flyers trade Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, 2007 first round draft pick and 2007 3rd round draft pick.

2005-06 NHL season

March 8, 2006 - Minnesota Wild trade Dwayne Roloson to the Edmonton Oilers for 2006 1st round draft pick (later traded; Trevor Lewis) and future considerations.

2002-03 NHL season

March 11, 2003 - Chicago Blackhawks trade Steve Thomas to Anaheim Mighty Ducks for 2003 5th round draft pick (Alexei Ivanov).

2001-02 NHL season

March 19, 2002Colorado Avalanche obtain D Darius Kasparaitis from Pittsburgh for D Rick Berry and LW Ville Nieminen.

March 19, 2002New Jersey Devils obtain Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner from the Dallas Stars for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and 2002 1st round draft pick (later traded).

March 18, 2002Florida Panthers trade Pavel Bure and 2002 2nd round draft pick (Lee Falardeau) to the New York Rangers for Igor Ulanov, rights to Filip Novak and 2002 1st and 2nd round draft picks (Petr Taticek and Rob Globke).

1999-2000 NHL season

March 10, 2000 – Buffalo Sabres obtain Doug Gilmour, J.P. Dumont and a conditional draft pick in 2001 or 2002 from the Chicago Blackhawks for Michal Grosek.

March 6, 2000 – Colorado Avalanche obtain Ray Bourque and Dave Andreychuk from the Boston Bruins for Brian Rolston, Samuel Pahlsson, Martin Grenier and a 2000 1st round draft pick (RW Martin Samuelsson) .

1998-99 NHL season

March 23, 1999 - Detroit Red Wings obtain Chris Chelios from the Chicago Blackhawks for 1999 and 2001 1st round draft picks (Steve McCarthy and Adam Munro)

1994-95 NHL season

April 5, 1995 - Montreal Canadiens obtain Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.

1988-89 NHL season

March 7, 1989 - Washington Capitals obtain Dino Ciccarelli and Bob Rouse from the Minnesota North Stars for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy.

1983-84 NHL season

March 5, 1984Winnipeg Jets obtain D Randy Carlyle from Pittsburgh for Winnipeg’s first-round choice in 1984 Entry Draft (D Doug Bodger) and future considerations (D Moe Mantha) – (trade completed one day before trading deadline).


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