NHL Trade Rumors: Big Name Players Who Won't Be Traded Before Deadline
The rumor mill around the National Hockey League continues to roll on with trade talk and possible landing destinations dominating headlines at the moment.
From the lesser-known names to some of the biggest names currently in hockey, rumors continue to roll on in the lead-up to the trade deadline period, though as per usual, much of the speculation will fizzle out into nothing.
Read on to see which rumored players won't be traded this winter.
Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers
Panthers center Stephen Weiss had been rumored to be a potential trade option before the deadline closed, though it seems interest on that one is cooling.
ESPNBoston.com's Jimmy Murphy tweeted earlier in the month:
Panthers deny it but hearing more & more Panthers F Stephen Weiss is available. If so and I'm Peter Chiarelli, I'd go after him.— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 5, 2013
But according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC News, there's no way that the Panthers are letting go of Weiss anytime in the near future—especially not before the deadline:
If you watched Hotstove Tonight on Hockey Night In Canada last weekend, you heard Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon toss cold water on rumours that he was willing to trade unrestricted free agent-to-be Stephen Weiss, who has a no-move clause.
'Ridiculous,' Tallon said. 'I'm not trading him, I'm going to try to sign him.'
The Panthers are loaded with prospects and re-signing Weiss allows the organization to a) hold on to those players and b) prevent head coach Kevin Dineen from tossing them into situations they may not be ready for.
It's really hard to find good centres. Clubs get them and try their hardest to keep them. In the last four seasons, Florida's finished 17th, 28th, 27th and 27th in goals per game. In each of those years, Weiss finished in the top two in team scoring.
Expect to see Weiss suiting up for a lot longer still in Florida.
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
The 35-year-old Iginla was thought to be a sure-thing trade earlier in the year, but given the lack of developments on that front, it seems we can probably put it to bed also.
The Flames will likely track developments on him right up until the deadline to see if they can get a good deal given his goal-scoring ability and leadership credentials, yet it seems that the interest existent before is slowly dying down.
CBS Sports had first linked the winger with a move to Philadelphia, and it had made sense given the desperate needs that the Flyers seemingly had.
But with the lack of cap space available for Philly, a move for the 35-year-old just doesn't seem like it is going to happen any time soon for the Flyers.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
AOL Sporting News recently posted a number of teams who were reportedly interested in the Canucks goalkeeper including the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers.
Yet despite the comments and recent rumors, it seems unlikely that the Canucks would be willing to part ways with their All-Star goalkeeper just yet.
And certainly not to any of those teams.
Philadelphia have Ilya Bryzgalov, and Toronto are coping just fine with James Reimer. What Washington and Florida need more of are better defenders rather than a better goalkeeper—making a deal for Luongo is nothing more than a band-aid solution which just doesn't quite seem to add up.
The 35-year-old is believed to have the support of general manager Mike Gillis to some extent, with the GM reportedly unwilling to make an immediate move.
And if that's the case, expect the deadline to pass and Luongo to still be sitting right where he was all along. Maybe next year guys.
Which trade rumors do you think will and won't happen this year?
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