February 14, 2008

TRADE DEADLINE: Not Going Anywhere



Last time, I brought you guys who I thought would be moved before the deadline. This installment, I present guys who have been in the rumor mill who I don’t think will be traded. Many factors are put into this, whether it be age, contract, or common sense, there’s something that will prevent these players from being moved.

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks: With his production dipping, and two years of $6.3M on the horizon with a no-trade clause, the rumors of Marleau leaving the Bay Area are premature. There are few to no teams out there who’d be willing to take over that contract for a guy on the decline and who is defensively irresponsible (currently minus-21 as I write this).

Martin Havlat, Chicago Blackhawks: When healthy, Havlat is a huge threat on the ice. The key issue is health. Especially since he’s a bridge to help out the younger players like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Hawks would want to hold onto him at least part of next season as well to help mold these youngsters….minus the trips to the IR, of course.

Dwayne Roloson, Edmonton Oilers: Even with Nikolai Khabibulin’s knee injury, I don’t think Roloson is going anywhere. Not only due to the lack of market for the contenders to need a goalie, but due to Roloson being below sub par. With his inability to get consistent wins, as well as the fact he has another year on his contract at age 38—Roloson is stuck being back-up in Edmonton for the rest of the season.

Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres: Though many dirt sheets say that Campbell and the Sabres aren’t seeing eye-to-eye in contract talks, the Sabres wouldn’t let a valuable asset like Campbell go. Especially since the Sabres are having a resurgence in the standings, Campbell will need to be a big part in anything the Sabres will do if and when they get to mid-April.

Olli Jokinen, Florida Panthers: As much as his name has come up in the trade rumor mill, I have my doubts that Jokinen will be dealt. I’m sure his services would be more than wanted, but there probably won’t be anything good enough in return for Jacques Martin to give up his franchise player like Jokinen, especially with two more seasons locked up at an affordable rate.

That’s what we have now, but again—your results may vary. After my own personal long weekend, I’ll come back with some dark horse players who could get dealt and maybe have some fun with deals I’d like to see as we prep ourselves for the last week before the trade deadline.


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