Wednesday February 24th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NHL trade deadline is just five days away, and plenty of movement is expected. Several big names like Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd and Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal have been made available, as many contenders are looking to add that missing piece that will put them over the top.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan told reporters that the team may “get rid of some players” prior to the deadline, reports Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

• The Washington Capitals announced they acquired defenseman Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

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• The Arizona Coyotes are expected to trade forward Mikkel Boedker, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.

• The St. Louis Blues announced they have placed goalie Brian Elliott on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and he will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

• Blues forward Ryan Reaves will have a hearing today for boarding San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson on Monday, according to the NHL Department of Player Safety.

• The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Paul Byron to a three-year, $3.5 million extension, reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

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• The NHLPA announced that Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s appeal of his 20-game suspension to a neutral party will start on Thursday. Wideman was suspended for hitting linesman Don Henderson during a game.

• There will be a movie about John Scott's rise to NHL All-Star Game MVP and Mitch Albom is writing the script, reports Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. 

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