NHL Trade Rumors: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche Untouchables

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NHL Trade Rumors: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche Untouchables
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As the NHL trade deadline looms, every player is undoubtedly aware of the February 27 date.  Many players will call new cities home in two weeks, don a different jersey, have their paychecks signed by a different team and, ultimately, try to help that team win.

Other players will likely have a slightly new-look team as their teammates and friends very well may be shipped off.  The trade deadline is a stressful and emotional time for every NHL player, but it's something that comes with the territory of being a professional hockey player and is an exciting time for fans.

There has been and will continue to be much speculation as to whom from the Colorado Avalanche will be traded in the coming days.  With the Avalanche right in the thick of things as far as playoff positioning, they are not a clear-cut buyer, nor are they clear-cut sellers.  The problem is that several other teams are in the same boat as well.

Some top-tier teams like the Detroit Red Wings or New York Rangers will be buyers if anything and a few bottom-feeders like the Columbus Blue Jackers and Edmonton Oilers will try to stockpile young prospective talent and draft picks.  It seems like those two teams are always down there.  Is Edmonton going to get the natural hat trick with first overall picks?

With many teams in the same predicament as Colorado, there may not be as many big name trades as we've seen in years past.  There are certainly a number of superstars who could be moved, and the Avs have quite a few players who could be traded as well.

Today, however, I am going to examine the players who will not be traded from the Avalanche—layers who are, for one reason or another, untouchable.

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