The latest on Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Bernier and Jason Arnott, plus updates on the Senators, Flames, Blues and Sharks.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo longs to return to South Florida, but said nothing has changed since giving the green light to Canucks GM Mike Gillis to improve the club anyway he can. Luongo has “softened his stance” regarding the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs, admitting he’s open to other possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo wouldn’t say what those possibilities would be, and it remains to be seen if other clubs have jumped into the bidding. The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers were listed as possibilities last summer but no one really knows if either team has expressed serious interest (if any) in Luongo.
TSN’s James Cybulski reported via Twitter ” I’m told Brian Burke and the Leafs have said no thanks to the Kings regarding G Jonathan Bernier.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some pundits have insisted on linking Bernier to the Leafs, yet Burke steadfastly denies any interest in him.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Jason Arnott (who lives in Dallas) has been skating with some of the Stars during the lockout, but is under no contract and isn’t expected to be offered one by the club.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: If the Canucks are seeking blueline depth,Cam Barker and Jim Vandermeer are available in the UFA market. Vandermeer admitted talking to the Canucks, as well as other clubs.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are seeking depth for their defense. Agents for UFA blueliners like Chris Campoli, Colin White and Milan Jurcina have contacted the Senators, but GM Bryan Murray could look toward the trade market.
SPORTSNET’s Roger Millions reports via Twitter the Flames “say they would like to add some grit before season starts. Would need to move someone of roster. Maybe a defenceman. (Anton)Babchuk?”
STLTODAY.COM: The new CBA could scuttle any plans by the Blues management to acquire another defenseman via trade before the start of the upcoming season.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t sound as though he’ll be tapping into the thin UFA market for depth for his roster before the upcoming season begins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Sharks clip. There really isn’t much available talent remaining in the UFA market.