The NHL reported that 33 trades involving 54 players took place on Monday leading up to the 3 pm ET trade deadline.
However, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, Montreal Canadiens blueliner Jeff Petry and New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov were not among those on the move.
Chychrun, Petry and Varlamov were subjects of considerable media trade conjecture leading up to deadline day. So why didn't they change teams on deadline day?
In Chychrun's case, it was the high asking price set by Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong. The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reported Armstrong sought three first-round picks and a top prospect for the 23-year-old defenseman.
Turning to Petry, Canadiens GM Kent Hughes told the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan he tried to move the disgruntled 34-year-old rearguard before the deadline. However, he couldn't find a deal that made sense for both clubs.
As for Varlamov, the New York Post's Ethan Sears reported Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello decided against moving the 32-year-old goaltender. He based his decision on the veteran's performance and how well he and young starter Ilya Sorokin get along. Varlamov is signed through 2022-23 with a $5.2 million cap hit.
Chychrun and Petry are likely to surface in this summer's trade rumor mill.
Armstrong told PHNX Sports' Craig Morgan he's willing to entertain offers for Chychrun this summer when there could be “a greater opportunity” to find a suitable return. Hughes indicated he'll try again this summer to move Petry when teams have more salary-cap space to absorb his $6.25 million annual average value.