NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Guys We'd Be Shocked To See Dealt
Trades in the NHL this summer have seen some very talented players in the league move to new locations.
Players such as Simon Gagne, who was one of the catalysts to the Finals appearance the Flyers had, was moved to Tampa Bay's talented core.
The Blackhawks, strangled by the salary cap, were forced to move championship pieced like Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, and Kris Versteeg, among others. This allowed teams like Atlanta and Toronto who have the cap space to take advantage.
Goalie movement was also seen this offseason as Dan Ellis is now on the Lightning, and playoff star Jaroslav Halak is now a member of the Blues.
There is no doubt there will be more movement in the coming weeks and months leading up to opening night, but some players that have been talked about will not be moved.
Here are some players that you shouldn't expect to see on different teams this season, and if they are, it would come as quite a surprise.
The idea of trading away Malkin has been talked about for years in Pittsburgh. If it were to be done, it would most likely bring back many high-talented pieces and give the Pens a lot of cap space.
The positives of making a deal including Malkin for the Penguins include getting a forward in return who can complement Sidney Crosby's game on his line. It also could give Jordan Staal a better chance to grow into being a top-level center.
This deal will not happen with the Pens moving into a new stadium and the appeal and drawing power they have in possessing two of the top ten hockey players in the world.
After a summer of purging and reformatting the look of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, it seems as if Patrick Sharp will be spared.
Sharp is a center/forward who is a productive player that the Hawks cannot do without going into next season. His impact since coming to the Blackhawks in 2006 has been enormous, as he has been instrumental in the growth of stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to go along with his on-ice production.
Sharp has personally assured fans of his desire and knowledge that he is staying with Chicago.
But ultimately, the assurances of Sharp do not matter, but the words of GM Stan Bowman do, as he stated in regards to Sharp, "I actually saw Sharpie today in the office and I told him he can relax, he's not going anywhere".
Rumblings of a possible trade of top Senators center Jason Spezza were rampant after the first-round exit from the playoffs this past season. Spezza, who is the highest-paid Senator, stated that he would be open to a trade.
The hometown player was disgruntled with the team's play in the playoffs and the fans booing him on several occasions.
He has since said that Ottawa is the place that he wants to be, and it appears that he is going to stay for the foreseeable future, as he now has a no-trade clause which took affect on July 1st of this year.
Another name that has floated around the rumor mill is that of Ducks young winger Bobby Ryan.
Contract negotiations for the restricted free agent have somewhat fueled the rumors of the 2009 Calder Finalist.
Ducks GM Bryan Murray has stated that the Ducks will not be trading their young star. I as well cannot see Ryan playing for any other hockey club in the upcoming season other than Anaheim.
Why would Ryan or, for that matter, the Ducks want to break in a impressive line of Getzlaf, Perry, and Ryan?
Simply, they won't.
Marc Savard is a player that would not be as shocking as the others if he were to be moved. The Bruins center and two-time All-Star has been rumored to be to be moved to a host of different teams including the Blue Jackets, Senators, and Maple Leafs.
Most of the rumors are primarily based on the addition of the highly touted draftee Tyler Seguin, who also plays the center position. The team also has Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci at the position, so Savard's absence would not be completely devastating to the B's.
All the rumors have been shot down at this point, and at it seems as if Savard may in fact remain a Bruin.
The Flames have consistently denied rumors that they would even entertain the idea of trading their long time captain, and it seems like it will not happen anytime soon.
Iginla, who has been one of the best players of his generation, is leading a team that is not in place currently to make a run at a Cup.
Jarome has said in the past that he would approve a trade if the Flames wanted it of him. This kind of loyalty from a player who has played his entire career with one team is refreshing, and it would be nice for him to win a Stanley Cup in Calgary no matter how far-fetched it appears right now.
There seems to have been some sense of ease to the trades that have been made by the most active team in terms of transactions this summer (the Blackhawks).
Trading defenseman Brian Campbell would require wizardry on the part of Stan Bowman of unprecedented levels.
Campbell makes a mind-numbing $7.1 million a year, and his trade clause stipulations only allow him to be traded to a select eight teams.
Find the team who will take on that kind of money, and I will be shocked.
This rumor has been dead for some time now. But for much of last season, the rumor mill was buzzing about Vinny Lecavalier going to the Rangers and Canadiens; among other teams.
The superstar captain squashed the ideas of going to those teams by saying he wanted to finish his great career with the team that gave him a shot back in 1998.
Since he said this, there has been no talk of a trade involving the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion.
The words "trade" and "Rick DiPietro" in the same sentence surely make Islanders fans excited.
But nothing seems to be on the horizon in the department of trades for the first overall pick of the 2000 NHL Draft. His 15-year, $67.5 million dollar contract is suffocating the Islanders every year that it is being honored.
DiPietro did make an All-Star appearance in 2008, but since then, he has been often injured, only playing in 12 games over the course of the last two seasons.
With the departure of Mike Modan, who played his entire career with the Stars (to this point), Brenden Morrow truly is the face of the organization now, if he wasn't completely before.
Morrow has been the captain of the Stars for the last four seasons and has shown his leadership and commitment to the Stars by skipping out on the chance at free agency.
His Gold Medal from the recent Olympics, along with his secured place as a great in Stars history, cements his status as untradeable at this time.