Top 10 Players Who Won’t Be Traded (2017)

Tom Collins


The fantasy values of many hockey players are going to be affected quite a bit over the next week as we approach the NHL deadline.

It happens every year around this time. We all wonder about how much better a player could be fantasy-wise if he was traded to Pittsburgh, Chicago or Washington. It’s like that old adage: If Wayne Gretzky can be dealt at the trade deadline for three lower-end prospects and a couple of picks, so can anyone else.

But let’s remember that the majority of fantasy-relevant players won’t be changing addresses this season. It was only a year ago, we were all debating where Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin were going to be dealt, as well as Travis Hamonic, Kyle Okposo, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Keith Yandle. None of these guys were dealt. But just the chance they might was enough to have some fantasy GMs trading for these guys as a what-if.

Below you’ll find 10 players who are rumoured to be on the trading block that won’t be dealt before next week’s deadline.


10. Valtteri Filppula

His name has been popping up in trade rumours quite a bit but a trade doesn’t make a lot of sense. Filppula is scheduled to make $5 million in 2017-18. He has a modified no-trade clause but a no-movement clause. That means that any team that takes him on automatically has to protect him in the expansion draft. He’s gone ice cold lately with one point in his last nine games. I can’t see any team willing to take a chance on Filppula with all these concerns. 


9. Evander Kane

TSN has Kane at number nine on its trade bait list, but Kane won’t be dealt for a bevy of reasons. The biggest concern is his off-ice issues and the fact many believe he can be a locker room disturbance. The next problem is that the buy-low window on Kane has closed. He’s already hit 21 goals, which is the second best of his career and his highest since 2011-12. He’s still not getting the power play time, but is on the first line with Jack Eichel and seems to have some chemistry there. Buffalo won’t trade him unless they get a really good return.


8. Anthony Duclair

It’s been rumoured that Duclair has been on the trade market for quite a while, but let’s take a moment and examine this in more detail. Arizona isn’t making the postseason, so they won’t be make a playoff push trade on someone with an expiring contract. Duclair was accepting of his AHL demotion and has been okay in the minors (eight points in 12 games). He’s only 21 years old and is a year removed f