While the 2012 NHL trade deadline has passed, the rumors about which big stars that weren’t moved will continue to swirl.
The offseason is a big time for trades to get done because the time restraints that are present at the deadline aren’t ideal for getting the most value out of a deal.
All of the following players have been with their teams for a long time, but it will be time for a change of scenery for each. Expect each of these players to be wearing different sweaters next season.
Which Player is Least Likely to Get Traded?
With Columbus Blue Jackets general manager, Scott Howson, telling the media that the team’s captain, Rick Nash, had formally asked for a trade, the GM may have done enough damage to the relationship to force the move this offseason.
The feeling around the NHL during the trade deadline was that the asking price was too high for the star, which could have been Howson buying himself some time, or it could have been sheer bullheadedness.
Either way, Nash stayed and now the whole scene has blown up. With tensions high and non-stop questions on his uncertain future, Nash will want out of town as soon a possible. It is a crapshoot on who can work out a deal in the offseason because anyone can get a deal done with that much time.
While many teams were kicking the tires around the deadline on Nashville Predators soon-to-be-free-agent defenders Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, the team made it clear they weren’t budging on a trade.
The Predators traded for some pieces on the deadline in a surprise buying spree that may be the team’s last-ditch effort to have an impressive run in the playoffs and convince their star players to stay home.
With both defenders likely on their way to one form of free agency or another, the Predators will be forced to trade their negotiating rights for picks. This is what the Philadelphia Flyers did for Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Dan Hamhuis. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
The Calgary Flames made it clear that they would not be blowing their team up before the trade deadline, which most fans and writers took as: We are making a run for it this season.
With the Flames marred in another war at the bottom of the Western conference playoff standings, there is a good chance that they miss the playoffs yet again. If they do, they need to start the rebuilding process.
That means trading Jarome Iginla.
Teams like Toronto and Philadelphia could make blockbuster trades for the veteran winger, or the Flames could look to teams like the New York Islanders or Edmonton Oilers for a plethora of young superstars.
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