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Kesler, Cammalleri, Brodeur stay put at trade deadline

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TSN.ca Staff
3/5/2014 7:46:11 PM
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There was no shortage of big names moved over the final 24 hours before the NHL's trade deadline.

But at the same time, several of the prominent players who were most talked about ahead of the deadline frenzy ended up staying put after 3pm et on Wednesday.

Front and centre on that list was Ryan Kesler, who was not dealt by the Vancouver Canucks despite rumours of strong interest from a number of NHL teams - especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canucks did not get the package they were seeking to trade the 29-year-old centre.

"We entertained multiple offers in multiple situations and none of them fit with our long-term vision," explained Canucks general manager Mike Gillis after the deadline had passed. "When you're under-performing like we are, you get calls from lots of teams about lots of players."

With two years remaining on his contract at $5 million per season, Kesler was an attractive target for teams as a cost-effective two-way veteran who could add some scoring punch.

After the deadline passed Kesler still had the endorsement of his head coach.

"Kesler has been our most consistent and hardest working player. I don't have to say a word to him," said head coach John Tortorella.

In Calgary, many expected forward Mike Cammalleri to be traded for the third time in his 10-year NHL career. But the 31-year-old remains with the Flames despite being eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

Flames president of hockey operations and acting general manager Brian Burke explained afterwards that the team will continue to talk to Cammalleri about a contract extension.

"I think Mike Cammalleri has been an ultimate professional," said Burke. "Prices on all the packages dropped. We reacted and dropped our price but nothing made sense for us."

In New Jersey, there was speculation that Martin Brodeur's career-long tenure with the Devils might have been coming to an end with the 41-year-old eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Playing primarily as Cory Schneider's back-up this season, Brodeur was thought to be willing to waive his no-trade clause if general manager Lou Lamoriello had interest in moving him.

But as the deadline passed, Brodeur remained with the Devils to complete his 20th season and Lamoriello was not happy about the rumours that had circulated about his veteran netminder.

"It's just a shame that without no substance at different times and no facts that people say things," Lamoriello said.

Lamoriello was not even willing to disclose if Brodeur's name had come up in trade talks at all.

"Why are we dealing in hypotheticals, I have no idea," Lamoriello said. "It's not the case. So why we react and try to look for something that's no there and create a story out of nothing."



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