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NHL trades begin after midnight on deadline day

  • Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) celebrates with Oliver Ekman-Larsson after scoring a third period goal against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Arizona defeated Buffalo 3-2. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17) celebrates with Oliver Ekman-Larsson after scoring a third period goal against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Arizona defeated Buffalo 3-2. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Mark Streit, left, and Colorado Avalanche's Jarome Iginla collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 4-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Mark Streit, left, and Colorado Avalanche's Jarome Iginla collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 4-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, right, of Austria, celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. The struggling Red Wings dealt Vanek to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, right, of Austria, celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. The struggling Red Wings dealt Vanek to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)  (The Associated Press)

NHL trade deadline day is underway, with rental players expected to move over the next several hours.

Arizona Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata, Detroit Red Wings winger Thomas Vanek and Buffalo Sabres defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson are among the top pending free agents available ahead of the 3 p.m. EST deadline. Already the Montreal Canadiens got center Steve Ott from the Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks acquired winger Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks after midnight.

The defending Western Conference-champion Sharks are gearing up for another deep playoff run. They sent the Canucks prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick that becomes a first-rounder if they win the Stanley Cup. General manager Doug Wilson thinks Hansen is a perfect fit for San Jose's style.