Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic wasn't about to give Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog away prior to today's 3pm ET trade deadline.
Sakic has made it clear that if teams are interested in acquiring either player, they have to be prepared to pay a premium.
Despite having "conversations about a lot of guys," as Sakic put it in speaking to the media earlier today, he stood firm on his demands for Duchene and Landeskog.
"There's no guarantees on any trades," Sakic said. "Obviously, we're going to do what's best for our organization long-term. We want to get younger, that's what we're looking to do. This off-season we free up some cap space and we're going to try to keep getting younger, and younger and faster. That's what we're going to do."
Several teams had expressed interest in Duchene and Landeskog, among others who weren't traded by Colorado, and while talks were ongoing in some cases, no team was willing to step up with an offer Sakic deemed acceptable.
As it had been widely reported by various media outlets, Sakic was looking for a top young player, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick, at least, for Duchene, while Landeskog's price tag was in a similar neighborhood.
"I don't have to make any major moves, I think that's the big thing," Sakic reiterated. "I like my players. If (fans are) looking for anything big, I've always stated that if there's something that's going to help our organization long-term, that's something that we'll look to do."
The Avs did move Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings, and acquired winger Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Andreas Martinsen, as well as a couple of AHL-related deals.
Sakic can still conduct trade discussions with teams about his players, though talks are likely to cool until the off-season, and should pick up steam again in mid-to-late June closer to the June 21 expansion draft and the June 23 NHL Draft.