This is just crazy. I almost want those deals to blow up in the dealing team’s (i.e. Toronto Maple Leafs with Curtis Joseph, New York Rangers with Mike Richter and Thereon Fleury, etc.) faces so they can learn a thing or two about trading their star players for nothing! However, I’m sure that, at some point, teams will start dealing those players for “future considerations” so they can actually get something of value in return- say Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames for Curtis Joseph instead of, right now, a late-round draft pick in 2004.
I do realize that, most likely, none of them will sign with those teams, but it would be funny nonetheless.