NHL Trade Deadline 2018: End Time, Latest Rumors and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2018

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson prepares for a face-off during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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NHL teams have been quite active heading into the 2018 trade deadline, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

The 2017-18 regular season concludes April 7, which means teams need to get the best possible roster together to make a run over the homestretch. Whether a middling squad is looking to secure a spot in the playoffs or a contender is trying to find the last piece to help bring home the Stanley Cup, one addition could go a long way.

Time is running out for teams to agree on deals. Here are a few players who could still be dealt before the deadline.

                

Patrick Maroon, LW, Edmonton Oilers

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After reaching the second round last year behind a slew of young talent, the Edmonton Oilers are once again in the midst of a disappointing season.

With Patrick Maroon set to be a free agent in the offseason, it makes sense to deal him away in exchange for prospects. Considering he was a healthy scratch Sunday night, it seems the team plans on making a trade.

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, seven teams have contacted the Oilers about a potential trade for Maroon.

Although the forward isn't a star player, he could make a positive impact on a top line after totaling 14 goals and 16 assists in 57 games. With enough teams in the hunt, it has created a bidding war for the 29-year-old.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reported the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have offered prospects for Maroon.

With the Bruins' announcement of their acquisition of Rick Nash on Sunday, this leaves the Blues as the best possible destination. Not only is Maroon a St. Louis native, but the team also needs depth at forward after early-season injuries.

If the two sides agree on compensation, it could be a perfect move for everyone involved.

Predicted destination: Blues

                  

Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens

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After spending his entire career with the Montreal Canadiens, Max Pacioretty appears set for a change of scenery.

As Eric Engels of Sportsnet reported, there is "action heating up," with a few teams interested in Pacioretty. He highlighted the Los Angeles Kings as a possible destination.

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos also explained why the Kings would be interested in the forward.

"The L.A. Kings, they're pushing hard now for Pacioretty," Kypreos said on Hockey Night in Canada (via Sportsnet). "We know throughout the last few years there's always at times a goalscoring issue with the L.A. Kings—whether they have enough."

The Kings could have a tough time earning a playoff spot, but they rank second in the NHL in goals against this season, meaning they could be dangerous if they were to make the postseason.

Therefore, adding a quality offensive player could be a game-changing move. Pacioretty can make a difference after scoring 17 goals and providing 20 assists this year. His record of 37 points—a down year by his standards—leads the Canadiens.

Other teams will likely be involved until the last minute, but Los Angeles should be the most aggressive.

Predicted destination: Kings

                  

Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators

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It seems the biggest possible prize in this trade market is Erik Karlsson, a four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner who continues to perform at a high level.

The Senators captain has 37 assists on the year as he attempts to reach 60 points for the fifth season in a row. With Ottawa struggling to a 21-30-10 record in 2017-18, though, he has become expendable.

Just about every playoff-bound team is interested in the defenseman, although only a few teams are serious contenders. Travis Yost of TSN reported the Nashville Predators are in the mix for Karlsson. LeBrun added the San Jose Sharks are a possible destination, especially considering their tendency to target elite players in deals.

However, the top option remains the Tampa Bay Lightning. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet provided the latest on a possible trade.

"Whatever gets said, the belief is the Ottawa Senators want to try to make this happen, and Erik Karlsson wants it to happen, and they have been grinding away in the last two or three days to see if they can," Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada (via Emily Sadler of Sportsnet). "Obviously Tampa Bay is a leading contender. I think they've thrown several different proposals at each other."

Tampa Bay has arguably the top offense in the league, and adding an experienced competitor like Karlsson could help turn this squad into the favorite to bring home the Stanley Cup.

Predicted destination: Lightning

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