NHL Trade Rumours: 10 Players Who Won't Be Dealt Before the Trade Deadline
Each year, the NHL trade deadline is more famous for the deals that don't happen than the ones that do.
Be it the rumour that Brad Richards was on the move to one of as many as ten teams last year, or the Tomas Kaberle rumours that seemed to happen around this time of year for what seemed like forever until he was finally dealt to the Boston Bruins.
Let's face it, when February 28th rolls around this year, the NHL trade deadline will seem like an uneventful day for all but a handful of teams.
So far this season, there have been dozens of trade rumours that for whatever reason seem either unfeasible or unreasonable.
Here are a few trades that, in my opinion, just won't happen between now and February 27.
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Jarome Iginla is one of those names that seems to be brought up year after year in trade rumours. After all, it was only last season that L.A. Kings fans were ready to order their Iginla #12 jerseys.
Iginla has been the face of the Calgary Flames for more than a decade now, and general manager Jay Feaster has claimed on several occasions that it will stay that way.
The Flames' captain isn't having his best season to date. He's on pace to miss the 30-goal mark for the first time since the 1999-00 season. However, it's unlikely that the Flames would deal him as long as they remain in the playoff race.
Right now they sit just three points behind the eighth-seed Minnesota Wild. At this point in time, anyway, it appears the Flames are buyers, as Jay Feaster only recently acquired talented scorer Mike Cammalleri from the Montreal Canadiens.
Plus, Iginla's contract contains a no-movement clause, and if Flames brass don't approach him in hopes he'll waive it, Jarome Iginla won't ask to be moved. He's just too classy a guy.
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It would take a very drastic upgrade for the Toronto Maple Leafs in order for them to even consider moving Mikhail Grabovski. He just brings too many intangibles to a team in the position the Leafs find themselves in.
The Leafs are currently outside the playoff picture, but are tied with both the seventh-place Florida Panthers and eighth-place New Jersey Devils. Mikhail Grabovski is just the kind of player that can help them snap their seven-year layoff drought. He brings a ton of skill, leadership, swagger, and even a bit of toughness to the Maple Leafs lineup. Even though he isn't a prototypical power forward, you've gotta believe he's Brian Burke's kind of guy.
Part of the reason for the recent trade speculation surrounding Grabovski has been the inconsistency and overall ineffectiveness of the "MacRussian" line, consisting of he, Nikolai Kulemin, and Clarke MacArthur. However, Grabovski has been the best of the three this season and his 32 points are good enough for third in team scoring—behind only all-stars Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel.
For what he brings to the Maple Leafs, it would take a Getzlaf-esque return for Burke to consider packaging the 27-year old.
Shea Weber/Ryan Suter
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The Nashville Predators boast what is arguably the best pairing of defencemen that can be found in the NHL.
The combination of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter has been the building block for the Predators' success for years, and if GM David Poile has anything to do with it, things are going to stay that way.
After the Preds beat the Anaheim Ducks last year for their first ever playoff series win, fans in Nashville rallied behind the team in a way some never thought possible from a non-traditional hockey market. And it is because Nashville is such a small hockey market that rumours of Suter or Weber being moved arise in the first place.
It's true that it will be difficult for Poile to lock up both blueliners to multi-year contract extensions after signing franchise goalie Pekka Rinne to a seven-year $49M contract earlier this season. The Predators are a team that have to spend closer to the salary cap floor than the ceiling, but it's something he must figure out in order to ensure the long-term success of the organization.
With the Predators' solid 30-16-4 record this season, it's unlikely Poile would move either of these two when his team is one that could do damage in the playoffs for a second straight year.
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Anyone trying to draw similarities between Ryan Miller's comments last week and those of Mike Cammalleri prior to being dealt to the Calgary Flames from the Montreal Canadiens is just being ridiculous.
Whereas Cammalleri went on record and called out his teammates for lack of effort, Miller recognized what some pro athletes just cannot. That he needs to be better.
Miller is amidst the worst season of his career, with a GAA of 3.07 and a SVP of .899. Some believe the emergence of backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth has made Miller expendable, however if the Buffalo Sabres are planning a rebuild, the former Vezina Trophy winner should be a part of it.
Miller denied any speculation that he had requested a trade out of Buffalo or that he ever would, and if the dismissal of GM Darcy Regier is as close as some believe, a fresh face running the show could be a second chance for Miller to prove himself.
If the Sabres are indeed looking to shred some salary cap, look for Derek Roy or Drew Stafford to be moved before Miller.
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When Columbus Jackets' general manager Scott Howson went on his off-season shopping spree, bringing in the likes of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski, a 13-30-6 record wasn't quite what he had in mind. Much like the Predators, the Blue Jackets are in a non-traditional hockey market, so if they're not going to make the playoffs, cutting salary would make sense.
Although former Maurice Richard Trophy winner Rick Nash would command a sizable return of picks and prospects, don't look for the Blue Jackets' captain to be on the move in the next month.
It seems the Blue Jackets will need to rebuild their team for the second time in as many years, but Nash, who has been with the club since being drafted first overall in 2002, will once again be the player who the rest of the team is built around.
Some Columbus players who could be on the move include Jeff Carter, Fedor Tyutin, and Steve Mason.
PK Subban has made highlights this season for all the wrong reasons.
From being a healthy scratch for multiple games in early December, to allegedly spitting on New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto, to being glued to the bench for the entirety of the second period just Wednesday night.
Whenever a star player is benched, trade rumours are sure to follow, whether they are viable or not. In this case, it just wouldn't make sense for the Montreal Canadiens to deal their future No. 1 defenceman. Subban boasts a great one-timer that is lethal on the Habs' power play, which has struggled of late. Why make that problem worse?
While it appears the Canadiens are in dire need of change, it just doesn't seem PK should be the one to take the fall for their poor play.
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If the Anaheim Ducks are looking to move one of their big three, consisting of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, it appears the NHL's reigning MVP would be the closest to being untouchable.
Perry won the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP, as well as the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal-scorer last season, and is again putting together a respectable year. The Peterborough, ON. native has 22 goals and 39 points in 48 games this season, and while his minus-eight rating is a career worst, it's more reflective of the Ducks' team play than Perry's.
Ducks GM Bob Murray insists his team is not enduring a full rebuild, and it just wouldn't make sense to trade Perry for depth players.
The Ducks could be looking to free agency to solve most of their depth issues, as depth players such as Travis Moen and Paul Gaustad are scheduled to become free agents on July 1.
Murray could decide to trade offensive defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky if he is convinced that sophomore Cam Fowler is ready to take on a No. 1 role.
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There was plenty of speculation earlier this month of what was considered a done deal that would have sent a package including Luke Schenn to Philadelphia in exchange for James van Riemsdyk.
If Brian Burke's upright denial of the trade wasn't enough to squash those rumours, van Riemsdyk's concussion was.
However, with the recent contract extension of John-Michael Liles to a four-year deal, many suggest Schenn has become an expendable part of the Leafs' blue line. What these people fail to see is that the jobs performed by Schenn are completely different than those of Liles.
Schenn is a solid stay-at-home defenceman who can shut down the top talent of opposing teams. Liles' primary focus is on offence, and he is exactly the power play quarterback the Maple Leafs need to feed Dion Phaneuf for one-timers on the PP.
With Schenn on solid ground in Toronto, and the emergence of 21-year old defender Keith Aulie, it appears the most expendable defenceman the Leafs have (other than Jeff Finger) would be Mike Komisarek.
Also look for Cody Franson to be dangled as trade bait for a top center.
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Alexander Semin has drawn the ire of Washington Capitals fans over the last few seasons due to his lack of consistency, particularly in the playoffs.
In the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons combined, Semin posted 68 goals and 138 points in 138 games. In the playoffs however, Semin scored just four times and added eight points in 16 games.
This season has been a huge disappointment for the Russian left-winger, who has just 12 goals and 28 points in 44 games, so it's no surprise he's been mentioned in a plethora of trade rumours since the start of the season.
It has been rumoured that the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings could be interested in his services, but for these teams who seem to be locks for the playoffs, why add someone who disappears in the post-season?
For any team, giving up the assets it would take to pry Semin away from the Capitals is too risky a move, especially amidst speculation that Semin could choose to return to his native Russia to play in the KHL next season.