NHL Free Agency 2011: The Free Agents Teams Don't Want to Lose

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NHL Free Agency 2011: The Free Agents Teams Don't Want to Lose
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The first day of NHL free agency is this Friday, July 1, and teams are scrambling to sign their best players before other organizations can offer them more money two days from now.

However, not all free agents will get to stay with their teams. Some will be traded, want too much money or just desire a change of scenery.

But even when a trade is made or it is necessary for a player to part ways with a club he has played for several years, it is not always easy. Sometimes, teams have to let go of players they never wanted to give up. Other times, a player looks back fondly on his time with a team but will want to move forward in his career.

This slideshow looks at the one free agent their respective team does not want to give up. The free agents are both of the restricted and unrestricted variety.

When you are reading this, it's natural to say there is no chance of some players leaving their clubs. However, if we learned anything from the Philadelphia Flyers' trade of captain Mike Richards, no one is safe from being told to pack their bags.

Here are the players teams do not want to see in opponents' colors next season or, in one case, on the ice at all.

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