NHL Trade News: Rick DiPietro and the 13 Most Untradeable Contracts

April WeinerCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2011

NHL Trade News: Rick DiPietro and the 13 Most Untradeable Contracts

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    The NHL trade deadline is just a few months away, so there are many trades that will be made in the coming months.

    Plus, with very few exceptions, it seems no one is safe from being traded—as we saw with a few surprising trades over the summer.

    However, there are a few players whose contracts would be virtually impossible to move, even if the team wanted to trade them.

    Let's take a look at some of those players and contracts. 

Brian Campbell

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    Contract: Eight years, $57.143 million through 2015-16

    Before this summer, it seemed that Brian Campbell's massive contract was untradeable, but then the Chicago Blackhawks found a taker in the Florida Panthers.

    Now that he's on the Panthers, if they wanted to trade him, there probably wouldn't be any takers left.

    While Campbell is a fine player, his cap hit is just above $7 million per year, which is a little steep for him. 

Marian Gaborik

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    Contract: Five years, $37.5 million through 2013-14

    Marian Gaborik has an annual cap hit of $7.5 million. He was projected to be a very high-scoring player, but he only scored 48 points in 62 games last season.

    Now that Brad Richards is a member of the New York Rangers, he is projected to perform better, making him worth his deal.

    However, if he isn't and if the Rangers wanted to trade him, he would be pretty much impossible to move. 

Eric Staal

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    Contract: Seven years, $57.75 million through 2015-16

    Eric Staal is the most productive member of the Carolina Hurricanes, scoring at least 70 points in each of the last three seasons and more than 80 the season before that.

    So, the idea of trading Staal would never even occur to the team.

    Even if they did, though, for whatever reason, with an annual cap hit of $8.25 million, it would be very difficult to move him.

    Of course, he also has a no-trade clause.  

Ilya Bryzgalov

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    Contract: Nine years, $51 million through 2019-20

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov this summer to a nine-year deal that keeps him under contract to the age of 40. 

    Bryzgalov may be the solution to the Flyers falling short of the Stanley Cup, which means that the team wouldn't wish to trade him at any point.

    However, even if they wanted to, and ignoring his NMC for a moment, he'd be very difficult to move since any team would be stuck with his $5.67 million cap hit through the end of his prime years. 

Brad Richards

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    Contract: Nine years, $60 million through 2019-20

    The New York Rangers hit the jackpot this summer when they signed prime free agent Brad Richards to a nine-year deal.

    The deal makes Richards an annual cap hit upward of $6 million per year, through the age of 40.

    If the deal didn't work out as well as the Rangers expected it to, they'd still have to be stuck with him, especially the farther along in his contract they get. 

Vincent Lecavalier

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    Contract: 11 years, $85 million through 2019-20

    Vincent Lecavalier's massive 11-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning began in 2009-10 and runs through 2019-20. 

    Lecavalier is an annual cap hit of $7.27 million, one of the highest in the league, but he hasn't been among the leading scorers in the past few years.

    Lecavalier's name has been linked to many rumors the past couple of years, but a deal won't be made considering that the Lightning probably won't want to trade him, and not many teams would be interested in taking on his contract. 

Marian Hossa

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    Contract: 12 years, $63.3 million through 2020-21

    Marian Hossa joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10 and helped the team win a Stanley Cup championship that season.

    While that's great, Hossa has missed considerable time the past couple of seasons and, of course, his production has suffered.

    If the Blackhawks wanted to trade Hossa, it would be pretty impossible considering the length of his deal and the cap hit. 

Wade Redden

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    Contract: Six years, $39 million through 2013-14

    Wade Redden is an annual cap hit of $6.5 million, which is hardly commensurate with his production.

    That's why the New York Rangers have stuck Redden in the AHL playing for the Connecticut Whale for the past couple of seasons.

    His contract is impossible to move because of that cap hit, so the Rangers will be stuck with him in their system through the end of his deal. 

Sergei Gonchar

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    Contract: Three years, $16.5 million through 2012-13

    Sergei Gonchar was the Pittsburgh Penguins' best defenseman, but he was lured away in free agency to the Ottawa Senators.

    His deal is short, with only two years left, but Gonchar is now a cap hit of $5.5 million.

    At 37 years old, that's hardly a price anyone would want to pay for the defenseman, so he will remain in Ottawa. 

Roberto Luongo

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    Contract: 12 years, $64 million through 2021-22

    Roberto Luongo is signed through 2021-22, when he will turn 43, and he has an annual cap hit of $5.33 million.

    During the regular season, Luongo is easily one of the best goaltenders around, but unfortunately for him (and the Vancouver Canucks), that doesn't necessarily extend to the playoffs.

    Because of the length and size of the deal, as well as his tendency to choke in high-pressure situations, Luongo would be practically impossible to trade. 

Ilya Kovalchuk

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    Contract: 15 years, $100 million through 2024-25 

    Last summer, Ilya Kovalchuk was the most highly-demanded free agent and Kovalchuk selected the New Jersey Devils, who offered him a 15-year, nine-figure deal.

    It's not often that you see nine-figure deals in the NHL, but Kovalchuk has one that makes him an annual cap hit of $6.66 million (which is awesome, since he plays for the Devils).

    Even though he was in high-demand last season, if the Devils decided they wanted to move him for whatever reason, it would be very difficult considering the size and length of the deal. 

Scott Gomez

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    Contract: Seven years, $51.5 million through 2013-14

    The Montreal Canadiens have supposedly been wanting to trade Scott Gomez's large contract for awhile now, but his cap hit ($7.3 million) makes him virtually unmoveable.

    Gomez is a good player, but his price tag is a little high for what he does. 

    Therefore, the Canadiens will be stuck with Gomez and his contract through the end of its term. 

Rick DiPietro

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    Contract: 15 years, $67.5 million through 2020-21

    The most untradeable contract in the entire NHL (and possibly even all sports) has to be Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders.

    However, DiPietro is injury-prone, meaning he's had limited time the past few seasons to prove his worth. 

    The length and size of his deal, and his tendency to be injured, are what make DiPietro impossible to trade.