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
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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