Unless it's a package deal for Sheldon Souray and Dwayne Roloson, of course.
The buzz from the GM meeting in Naples today is that Jay Feaster is hard-selling Lightning Centre Brad Richards and his hefty $7.8 million contract that expires in 2011. What's that? He has a no-trade clause? Apparently the rather literal-sounding no-trade clause means nothing these days, or at least it seems that way in Toronto where all of the trade talk revolves around players who can't be moved without permission first (inexplicably, people keep floating possible returns for Kaberle despite his agent's near-hourly announcements that he doesn't want to be moved anywhere, as well as the fact that he's one of the few decent players the Leafs should keep) .
Anyway, Richards: a great player, but one that the Oilers can't afford. He's good for 70-80 points, but his Dejardins +/- numbers aren't so hot and whatever intangibles he brings (leadership, presence) are thrown out the window when you consider his mammoth salary. If Lowe is looking for scoring punch, he should do himself a favour and pick up Mike Cammalleri, Brian Rolston or hell, Richard's linemate Vaclav Prospal and save about half of the dough.
I realize that this may sound obvious, but I wanted to get a word in before Kevin Lowe does something rash at trade deadline again. Last year I went out for sushi thinking Smyth had re-signed for $5.25 million and that all was right with the world, only to come back and discover that he was traded for some magic beans from Long Island.