Jets add Nino Niederreiter, Blues claim Kasperi Kapanen, Timo Meier and James van Riemsdyk held out

The Winnipeg Jets have made a trade to address their needs at forward on Saturday. In exchange for a second-round pick in the 2024, they’ve acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Nashville Predators.

Niederreiter, 30, has 28 points in 56 games this season for the Preds. According to Sara Orlesky, he won’t be available to the Jets game against the New York Islanders on Sunday but is expected to play against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The Jets announced that they lost Cole Perfetti for eight weeks earlier in the day.

Per the Nashville Predators, this now gives them eight picks in the 2024 NHL Draft with two in the second round.

Blues claim Kasperi Kapanen

The St. Louis Blues have claimed forward Kasperi Kapanen off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kapanen, 26, registered just seven goals and 20 points in 43 games for the Pens this season. He is just seven months removed from signing two-year extension with an AAV of $3.2 million that runs through 2023-24.

Timo Meier and James van Riemsdyk held out

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Nov 10, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net against San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With the NHL Trade Deadline drawing closer (March 3), the San Jose Sharks are being cautious with Timo Meier being kept out of the lineup today versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

Meier, 26, currently has 31 goals and 52 points in 57 games. According to Pierre LeBrun things are heating up regarding a trade. Yesterday, I broke down where the pending RFA could possibly land.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers are holding forward James van Riemsdyk out of tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Head coach John Tortorella said he was “banged up.”

This season, van Riemsdyk has 23 points in 39 games and his linked to the likes of the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, and Minnesota Wild. You can also add the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche to the mix.

He will be a UFA in July.