NHL Trade Deadline: Brad Richards and the 5 Biggest Names That Weren't Moved
Now that the NHL trade deadline has passed, it seems like some of the biggest names running through the rumor mill remain with their respective teams.
For weeks, the supposed insiders have told us that these huge names could be moved but it looks like another deadline will pass with little fanfare.
That’s not to say these players won’t switch teams in the offseason, but they didn't move before the deadline.
The following list is of the five players who didn't move.
5. John-Michael Liles
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According to TSN's TradeCentre, Liles was being sought after hard but no deal came through.
The Avalanche are falling out of contention and, with another year left on his contract, he wont be easy to move during the offseason, either.
His $4.5 million price tag and his no-move clause are also big hurdles that have to be overcome.
4. Shea Weber
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While most people didn’t think he would be moved at the trade deadline, I still believe Shea Weber will not play in Nashville past his current contract.
Weber will garner too much money for Nashville’s liking and they should try to get what they can in return while his stock is as high as it ever will be.
If the Predators are smart, they will lock him up long-term, but financially, it’s hard to see him getting that much money from Nashville.
3. Jarome Iginla
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When Jay Feaster took over in Calgary, the future of Jarome Iginla became a little unclear.
Now that the trade deadline has passed, it is obvious that Iginla will be with the Flames at least for the rest of this season and moving forward.
Iginla may be a trade chip in the offseason, but the Flames look to make a push for the playoffs and Iginla is a big part of that.
2. Tomas Vokoun
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The Florida Panthers had plenty of time to make a move involving Tomas Vokoun, but they just couldn’t make it happen.
A No. 1 goaltender is an important piece, but the unrestricted free agent tag was too much for teams to bear when it came to making a move.
No team wants to send prospects and picks for a rental player unless they are on the cusp of a championship.
1. Brad Richards
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Brad Richards has said that he isn’t forcing his way out and that the later it gets, the less likely a trade happening will be.
Richards will be a Star for the remainder of this season and look for him to hit the free agency market this offseason.
For the Dallas Stars organization, this was the wrong way to handle this and now they will watch one of the best players to come through the organization walk out with something in return.