NHL Trade Rumors: Evander Kane and 5 Players That Absolutely Won't Be Dealt
Evander Kane is just the latest NHL player to hit the rumor mill. Though he's off to a slow start, will he actually be moved?
Another NHL season brings another group of trade rumors. Some are plausible, but most seem a little questionable.
Whether it be a team looking for that missing piece to the puzzle or another looking to dump salary, the trade deadline is one of the most exciting times of the season.
Let's take a look at five players who absolutely will not be dealt.
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The 38-year-old Daniel Alfredsson has spent his entire career in Ottawa. Although the team is struggling now, moving the longtime captain just seems too unlikely.
He has made it clear numerous times that he loves being in Ottawa. Although the Calgary Flames may be interested, don't expect him to go anywhere.
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Jay Bouwmeester hasn't produced like the Calgary Flames had hoped when he arrived. However, he has turned out to be a pretty solid shutdown defender instead.
With this hefty, $6.7 million contract in effect through 2014, it will be hard for the Flames to move Bouwmeester unless they receive some top talent in return.
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As rumor got out about the Winnipeg Jets' young rising star being unhappy with his minutes and head coach Claude Noel, immediately the trade rumors swirled.
However, according to the Winnipeg Sun, those were simply false and Kane is more than content right now. In fact, he's playing on a top line with Nik Antropov and Alexander Burmistrov.
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Matt Stajan's name has been brought up in Calgary Flames' trade rumors, regarding moving to one of the struggling franchises right now, like Columbus or Montreal.
However, there's a problem. His $3.5 million contract that he isn't playing up to. In 103 games with the Flames in the past two seasons, Stajan has a poor total of 47 points.
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While the rumors surrounding the Nashville Predators' top two defensemen rage on, goaltending is one position they will not have to worry about as much.
After Pekka Rinne's stellar play last year and into the postseason, helping the Predators win their first playoff series in franchise history, it's safe to say that he has earned himself a contract extension. Whether that gets done remains to be seen.
However, with GM David Poile faced with the extremely difficult task of resigning Rinne, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, you can bet that Rinne will remain in Nashville.