8:50 a.m. EST -- At this point, it would be a surprise if Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville isn't traded today, what with the submission of teams he wouldn't go to and the intense interest in his availability around the NHL.
There's some buzz around Montreal being hot for him, but there are several teams in on him. But again, the problem for Buffalo is that there's that pesky no-trade clause limiting their scope to 21 teams.
8:30 a.m. EST -- The Raffi Torres watch is on. The Phoenix Coyotes are likely to deal the soon-to-be UFA and destroyer of Hossas. He's a commodity for playoff teams, and his former team the Vancouver Canucks appear to be in the driver's seat.
8:00 a.m. EST -- OK, so Jaromir Jagr was traded. And Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester. And Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray Ryane Clowe and Michal Handzus and Jordan Leipold and Derek Roy and Robyn Regehr. It doesn’t mean the NHL trade deadline is going to move at a turtle’s pace or be a tedious marathon of inactivity. There could be, like, an Ian White trade.
Here's how things will work today on Puck Daddy: As per usual, we will have live blog posts going up every hour, on the hour. Trades, news, analysis, observations or general pithiness will be published on top of the most recent information in the post, so it'll end up reading in reverse chronological order. In other words: Hit refresh and check the top of the post. A lot.
Once again, we'll have our Chatterbox up and running with the Twitter feeds of beat writers and news breakers around the NHL.
If you're looking to check out Wyshynski on Sportsnet, it's streaming on Sportsnet.ca.
On Sportsnet and on Puck Daddy, it's the return of a deadline favorite: The Milbury Scale, in which we rate a trade's fairness and effectiveness with floating noggins featuring perhaps the most inept general manager in the history of the NHL.
For those of you who are new, here's how it works:
One Milbury: A fair trade that helps both teams, both in the short term and in the long run. No winner, no loser: Just a solid deal founded on smart financial and hockey needs. Think Brad Boyes for Dennis Wideman.
Two Milburys: A trade that could, down the road, burn one team in a big way. We're talking a trade of blue-chip prospects for a rental, if the team that's renting clearly isn't going to win it all this season. Joe Morrow for Brenden Morrow? Two Milburys.
Three Milburys means a clear winner in a deal at the time of the trade. Someone got a little too desperate, or someone just got hosed. The Jarome Iginla trade? That's a 3-Milbury special.
So there's that. What are your predictions for deadline day?