With the recent 25-year anniversary of the trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings, it brings to mind the concept of untouchable players.
The Gretzky trade was not the first time that a big name had been traded in the NHL. Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Jacques Plante and Frank Mahovlich had all been traded prior to the Wayne Gretzky deal.
It is very rare that NHL players play their entire careers with one organization. In the past 25 years, Mark Messier, Eric Lindros, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Roberto Luongo, Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla are some of the biggest names to have changed addresses via trade. In some instances, players left at their own request, in other cases, they had simply outstayed their welcome. Some players were essentially sold for cash.
Some current NHL teams likely have a few untouchables, although owners and general managers can often be swayed to deal players that they may have deemed untouchable, at one point or another.
Here are the untouchable players for each NHL team, why they are untouchable, and other players that are candidates for untouchable status.
The regular player statistics can be found at nhl.com
Advanced player statistics are from Behind the Net
All salary information is from capgeek.com