The Chicago Blackhawks have asked centre Artem Anisimov to waive his no-movement clause, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, and the belief is he’s willing to do so for the right team. But that does not include the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Lazerus reveals that the Blue Jackets merely offered a third-round pick for Anisimov, and also wanted the Blackhawks to retain half of his salary.Anisimov, who has three-years left on his contract beyond this season and comes with a $4.55 million salary cap hit, could still be on the move today, but the Jacket seem out of the running, unless they change their offer.
Several teams are said to have interest in adding a player of Anisimov’s caliber, since he is versatile and can play both centre and the left wing. The Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils are among the teams who could be interested in Anisimov.
In 53 games this year, the 29-year-old forward has scored 17 goals and a total of 24 points.
Chicago is also taking trade calls on right wing Ryan Hartman, a pending restricted free agent.
Hawks seeking big haul for Hartman
The Chicago Blackhawks are not messing around today - and they are seeking quite a big bundle in return for forward Ryan Hartman. The team is reportedly asking for a first-round pick plus something else, a source told The Athletic's Scott Powers.
Hartman is in his second full season with the Blackhawks, and in the 57 games this year, he has tallied eight goals and 25 points, including a five-point game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first game of the season.
He's six points back of his career high of 31 set last season over 76 games.
It remains to be seen if the Hawks will find a taken for Hartman before 3pmET today.
YOUR TRADE DEADLINE RESUME
- Trades started pouring earlier this week when the New York Rangers pulled two of their star players, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash, from the lineup Tuesday before the game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hours later, Grabner was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Yegor Rykov.
- Then on Friday, the Ottawa Senators managed to trade centre Derick Brassard in a complex three-team trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting the Vegas Golden Knights involved.
Saturday was less agitated on the trade market as teams seemed to be getting ready for a busy Sunday, and it was.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Mark Letestu in a three team trade with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. He was traded by the Oilers to the Predators for forward Pontus Aberg. Predators general manger David Poile then flipped Letestu to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a 4th round pick.
- Then the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a package of picks and prospects, retaining 50% of Plekanec's salary in the trade:
- We cannot forget how the Boston Bruins made a splash on the trade market, acquiring star forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. The Rangers acquire Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Nash.
- The day closed off with the Predators again, who acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
- There was also 12 names, including the ones of Sens’ Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows who landed on the waiver wire.
- This morning, veteran defenseman Ian Cole was on the move again. After getting moved from the Penguins to the Senators, Cole ended up with the Columbus Blue Jackets for prospect winger Nick Moutrey and a third round pick in 2020.