The 2012 NHL trade deadline has almost arrived and the last month has been a circus of trade rumors surrounding just about every player on a team that isn’t contending for the Stanley Cup, especially the pending free agents.
With every journalist and blogger with a keyboard trying to get an inside scoop and speculate which big name will be moved next, this time of year can turn normally level-headed reporters into TMZ-esque rumormongers who throw just about every name in hockey against the wall, hoping it sticks when the dust settles.
This leads to some ridiculous speculation over certain star players that likely won’t be traded.
So just how can we separate the big-name players who will be dealt from the star players who will stay put?
It’s not always easy, but there are ways to differentiate between the legitimate trade talks that have been reported about some players and the far-fetched rumors about other big-name players.
For example, there’s clearly some substance to the speculation that Rick Nash might be leaving Columbus by Monday, and the L.A. Kings have already proven that they’re willing to shake things up, so the trade talks surrounding Dustin Brown could be legitimate.
However, most of the other stars whose names have been thrown into the rumor mill won’t be traded at the deadline, in addition to the likes of Ales Hemsky and Tuomo Ruutu, who have already re-signed with their respective teams.
Here are 10 star players, in particular, that you likely won’t see changing teams at the deadline: