The New York Islanders refused to pay the high prices being demanded of them for such players as Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene, allowing the trade deadline to pass without completing a major move.
Islanders GM Garth Snow was extremely active, multiple league sources told TFP throughout Wednesday, trying to find a move to bring in a top-six forward.
One NHL team executive told TFP that Snow was one of just a handful of GMs who had assets he was prepared to part with in exchange for what he was looking for.
Howeover, the price tag for Duchene, teammate Gabriel Landeskog, Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson and Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle were simply greater than Snow was willing to pay.
"We went down a couple avenues to see if there were hockey deals to be made but nothing really made sense," Snow told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "We weren't in the rental market because we like our guys better, the ones we have coming back from injury and Josh Ho-Sang, who we just called up. We're going to go with what we have."
The Islanders had been engaged in trade discussions involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak the last few days, and were said to be working towards one trade, but the team was not willing to retain a significant chunk of his salary as part of a deal.
Had the Isles moved Halak, they would have looked to bring in another goaltender for their farm club.
"Like a lot of teams, we had conversations and when it gets to the point where it doesn't make sense anymore, you withdraw," Snow said. "We went down a lot of different avenues but there wasn't a fit."