NHL trade deadline tracker: Latest rumors, news, updates for 2021 deadline day

The clock has hit 12:01 a.m. on April 12.

The clock is now officially ticking.

In less than 15 hours, GMs’ teams are going to be locked; the question is: Will they be loaded? The 2021 trade deadline is here and there’s a short window open for wheelin’ and dealin’. Some of the biggest names are already off the board but there are still players out there who can give teams a postseason push.

NHL TRADE TRACKER 2021: List of deals completed before the deadline

A number of teams will be looking to send soon-to-be unrestricted free agents packing while others will be looking to save almighty cap space. Maybe your team is — new term alert — a “broker team.”

Sporting News is keeping track of all the latest rumours and trades, and giving those swaps grades when they happen.

NHL trade deadline tracker

(All times Eastern)

1:46 a.m. — It’s official, but it’s not the one you think. 

*Kings will retain 50 percent of Carter’s salary.

Kings grade: B+

Penguins grade: B+

The Penguins add a veteran from the West Coast at the deadline — it’s very 2020 Patrick Marleau but Carter brings a couple of rings with him, unlike Marleau, the soon-to-be NHL all-time leader in games played. Carter’s best years are behind him but the 36-year-old can still add depth as a right-handed shot who can play any spot in the forward group.

1:30 a.m — The Taylor Hall trade may be done, but nothing has been announced by either team.

12:05 a.m. — It should be noted that Bob McKenzie dropped this “Bob’s Bomb” around 10:30 p.m., too.

12:01 a.m. — Just after midnight, this came down and all hell broke loose on Twitter. 

Midnight — A quick breakdown of a few of the big trades that have occurred:

Midnight — Before we break everything down, he’s a quick recap of the big moves that came down in the 48 hours before the official countdown began.

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