RyderRocks73 Posted June 27, 2016 Report Share Posted June 27, 2016 Also want to point out that very few of these #1 D men have ever changed teams. In fact, only two have: Suter, because Nashville is a small-market team that couldn't afford to pay him (but not because they actively traded him away), and McDonagh, because Gainey made a big mistake and even then this was done at a time when McDonagh wasn't established in the NHL. But none of these guys is considered to be available in a trade, with the exception of possibly Subban if you believe the rumors. The problem is that MB won't shoot the rumors down. Jim Rutherford came out at the draft and said "I'll tell you this once, Malkin is not being traded" and that was the end to all the speculation. Bergevin refuses to commit to his players the same way. He did this to my satisfaction. He said he's not shopping him; that's all I need. The deals I've heard seem like a joke, if those were Bergevin's asks then any team would've taken them. I think the "Gretzky was traded" trope is more to blame for the media thinking that this isn't put to rest. Bergevin said he's taking calls, he doesn't know who's calling when he picks up or what they want and if he did he'd likely hang up. As it is, he's said the conversations have been cut very short. He only hasn't said he WON'T be traded because if it was something like OEL, Garland, 3rd for Subban, Desharnais, 2nd then it starts to make more sense. Even so, he's very well liked in Montreal and it may not happen. Just to be clear: I hope it doesn't- I love him. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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