Recaps of the Oilers-Flames and Flyers-Canadiens games, plus the latest on Roberto Luongo, James Reimer, former Sens goalie Ben Bishop and the Jets stand pat at the deadline.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher explains why Roberto Luongo and the Canucks won’t scrap that sucky contract which keeps Luongo uncomfortably tethered to the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks could go the compliance buyout route with Luongo this summer to shed his salary and remove him from their roster, but while it would come off their cap, they would still be paying him two-thirds of his remaining salary. The Canucks prefer to trade Luongo, as they’ll fully shed his salary and get something decent in return. The Canucks could, however, find themselves pickig up part of Luongo’s salary to facilitate a trade this summer. This is one of those rare instances where a player’s hefty contract becomes as much a burden for the player as for his team. Damien Cox put it best: “Luongo… remains high and dry in Vancouver, stranded by riches he once thought were a reward.”
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes young Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer must feel “like chopped liver” after management tried to bring in Miikka Kiprusoff and Roberto Luongo at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Simmons is concerned this could be a blow to Reimer’s confidence. Perhaps it is, but this is the nature of the business. Reimer has to prove himself to Leafs management, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. If Reimer plays well down the stretch and into the playoffs (yes, the Leafs are making the playoffs), it’ll go a long way toward boosting Dave Nonis’ confidence in him, and convincing Leafs management they don’t need an experienced netminder.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senator-turned-Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will face the Senators next week when they visit the Lightning in Tampa Bay next week.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff refused to mortgage his club’s future at the trade deadline for a quick fix.