When is the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?

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When is the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The NHL season is starting to wind down and that means the NHL trade deadline is right around the corner.

The 2021 season has been the most unique in the history of the league as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but just like any other year teams are still trying to position themselves for a run at the Stanley Cup.

There were some significant names to be moved at the 2020 NHL trade deadline, and while it's impossible to predict how exactly COVID-19 will impact teams' abilities to swap players, this year's deadline can still play a major role in shaping the landscape of the NHL postseason.

With just over a week until the deadline, here's everything you need to know.  

2020 NHL Trade Deadline Information

When: April 12, 2020

Time: All trades must be completed by the 3 p.m. EST deadline

Players who could be on the Trade Block

  • Taylor Hall, LW, Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are very, very bad so any of their players with a pulse should be considered potential trade candidates. Hall has the pedigree as a former Hart Trophy winner and is still just 29 years old. He has struggled this season, however. But he's also only signed through the end of the year and could provide an extra scoring punch for a contending team willing to part with prospects or draft picks.

  • Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings are rebuilding out west, and that means longtime veterans like Brown become great assets to help add young talent to the organization. Brown is having a strong season and has won multiple Stanley Cups so he can provide great leadership and experience to a contender looking to add forward depth.

  • Kyle Palmieri, RW, New Jersey Devils: Another pending free agent, Palmieri has a track record of adding punch to the power play and could be a good option for a contender looking to add to its offense. He's 30 years old and in his 11th season so he too can add experience to any contender. 

  • Sam Bennett, C, Calgary Flames: Bennett reportedly requested a trade already this season under the previous regime, and his performance (and playing time) have gone by the wayside. He's just 24, however, and could see a resurgence if given the change of scenery he desires.

  • Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues: Dunn is young, but has Stanley Cup experience, after winning it all with St. Louis in 2019. The Blues don't have a need at the position, with plenty of young defensemen in the pipeline, so with the team's middling performance so far in the West Division they may look to trade away the pending restricted free agent.

  • Rasmus Ristolainen, D Buffalo Sabres: Ristolainen is a do-it-all defenseman who can rack up points while still providing a physical presence on defense. At just 26 he could be a nice rental piece with an additional year of team control plus the potential to sign a longer-term contract extension wherever he ends up. Hasn't lived up to that potential yet as the No. 8 pick in the 2013 draft so another strong change-of-scenery candidate. 

  • Jonathan Bernier, G Detroit Red Wings: Detroit is in last place in the Central Division, and Bernier is a pending free agent. The Red Wings will likely look to move him prior to the deadline. He's played in the postseason before and won a Stanley Cup while providing depth at the position on a contender, so he is well suited to fill that role for a team in need of another veteran between the pipes.