Less than a week remains until the NHL's April 12 trade deadline. Speculation is growing among pundits and fans over which players could be on the move over the coming days.
Most players dealt on deadline day are slated to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason. Several of this year's top UFAs, such as Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall and New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri, are expected to be playing with different clubs before deadline day.
Several major media sites, including TSN, SI.com/The Hockey News and The Athletic, have posted lists of potential trade bait. Just because players appear on those lists, however, doesn't mean most of them will be shopped.
Here's a look at several of the notable players on those lists who are unlikely to be traded by Monday's 3 pm ET deadline and why they'll be staying put.
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
A hard-working and versatile forward, Foligno would draw plenty of interest among playoff contenders for his leadership and all-around abilities. On March 23, however, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman speculated the Jackets could be reluctant to trade their 33-year-old captain even if he remains unsigned by the trade deadlines. They could still harbor hope of re-signing him before his free-agent eligibility on July 28.
Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators
The 30-year-old Ekholm was atop most trade bait lists throughout March as the Predators were mired near the bottom of the Discover Central Division. However, they've recently surged back into playoff contention, making it unlikely they'll be sellers by the deadline. Ekholm has a year remaining on his contract so they're under no pressure to move him now.