Updates on Roberto Luongo, Ryan O’Reilly, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Jason Arnott and more.
NHL NETWORK (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): Darren Dreger discussed the latest rumors, claiming there’s nothing new going on with the Vancouver Canucks and their goaltending situation…The Calgary Flames might be linked to Ben Bishop of the Ottawa Senators (asking price is believed a second round pick) and Jonathan Bernier of the LA Kings, but the Flames intend to stick with Leland Irving and recently signed Danny Taylor for now. Dreger also suggested this could be Miikka Kirpusoff’s last season, as he may re-sign or may come back, but could consider not doing either…The Anaheim Ducks and pending UFAs Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are keeping their contract negotiations under the radar by mutual consent, though GM Bob Murray would prefer to re-sign the duo sooner rather than later. Dreger believes Perry would be the more desirable target on the trade market and could prove the more expensive of the duo for the Ducks to re-sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks held onto Luongo for the rest of the season and tried to move him in the off-season, when his trade value may improve…Kiprusoff is listed as “day-to-day” and if his injury isn’t serious, the Flames won’t have any need to shop around. If he’s out longer and if Irving proves incapable of handling the duties in his absence, Bishop and Bernier could certainly attract the attention of Flames management. Dreger’s mistaken over Kiprusoff’s contract status, as he still has one season left with the Flames…As long as the Ducks are in playoff contention, Getzlaf and Perry won’t be traded, even if they remain unsigned by the trade deadline.
NATIONAL POST: Sean Fitzgerald lists the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers among the five teams which could use Roberto Luongo right now. The other is – surprise! – the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Canucks are winning with Luongo, they have no need to move him. Besides, none of the other clubs are willing to part with a second-line scoring center, a second round pick and a valuable prospect to land him.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes the current contract standoff between the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly could result in the latter receiving an offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlikely at this stage. Almost every offer sheet pitched since 2005 has been matched (Dustin Penner the sole exception), so the feeling around the league is it is a worthless enterprise. It’s not as though the Avalanche can’t afford to match, and undoubtedly would. Besides, it’s doubtful anyone will offer O’Reilly the five years at $5 million per he reportedly wants.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes it’s time for Oilers management to either trade for a center or sign one via free agency. Injuries have left the Oilers with Sam Gagner as their only natural center. Matheson suggests targeting Toronto’s David Steckel, former Oiler and current Islander Marty Reasoner or Dallas’ Tom Wandell via trade, or perhaps contacting UFAs like Brendan Morrison or former Oiler Jason Arnott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what moves, if any, the Oilers make, but Matheson makes a good point about addressing their injury-depleted center position.
SPORTSNET’s Mark Spector reports the following via Twitter: “Agent Wade Arnott says brother Jason “cleared to play” after knee scope, and has “a few things ongoing with NHL clubs.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman the Kings might not be done making moves after trading Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey, calling up Andrew Campbell and demoting Andrew Bodnarchuk.