Friedman on trades that didn’t materialize

We know which trades were completed by Monday’s deadline, but which deals didn’t quite have enough juice to get finished?

Elliotte Friedman had a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650.

With the trade deadline in the books, the Insider was asked about any deals that may have fallen through about which he was surprised.

“There were a few,” began Friedman. “The Zucker one from Minnesota to Calgary. It sounds like that one ran out of time. I think they were talking about it. He was going to go - the Flames were going to get Zucker. I don’t know exactly what happened. I’m still trying to piece it together. But it sounds like that one simply didn’t get done on time. That’s one.

“Wayne Simmonds - I think Winnipeg thought they had Wayne Simmonds. They were preparing it and Wayne Simmonds had to waive his no-trade to go to Winnipeg, and it never happened. And instead he ended up in Nashville, and he didn’t have to waive his no-trade to go there. Philadelphia could deal him without any issue there, and he ended up in Nashville and did not end up in Winnipeg. I’m not trying to say that Wayne Simmonds rejected a trade to the Jets, because I think he would have done it, it’s just at the end of the day it never had to happen because the Flyers chose to send him to the Predators instead.

“I think the other one - look, you’re in Vancouver. I know you’re all interested in Edler. I think Calgary had asked. The Pittsburgh one, I heard Pittsburgh had asked - maybe not asked, but inquired - earlier in the year. I don’t think that necessarily went anywhere. I’m not 100 percent positive if they inquired last week. I would totally believe it if you told me they did. But I know Calgary at least asked the Canucks to look into it in the last few days, and they were told it wasn’t going to happen. So that’s kind of where we were.

“Probably the Simmonds to Winnipeg, the Zucker to Calgary, the Edler situation - they’re probably the ones that stand out.”

Zucker is in the first season of a five-year, $27.5 million contract, and the modified no-trade clause that’ll be in the last four years of that pact will kick in July 1.

Simmonds can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Edler’s contract is also slated to run out at the end of June.


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