Updates on the trade status of Roberto Luongo, and on P.K. Subban’s contract talks with the Montreal Canadiens.
NHL.COM: Dan Rosen reports Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis maintains he’s been listening to offers for goaltender Roberto Luongo, but has no timetable to move him, and wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Luongo remaining in a Canucks jersey when the upcoming season begins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, nothing has changed in Luongo’s status, and it doesn’t appear as though a trade will be coming anytime soon. If Luongo is dealt, the earliest I suspect it happens is in the period between the implementation of the new CBA and the start of the upcoming season.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Yvon Pedneault recently weighed in on P.K. Subban’s contract talks with the Canadiens, noting Subban’s agent Don Meehan and Habs GM Marc Bergevin aren’t pressed for time to get a deal done. Bergevin isn’t concerned about an offer sheet as he would easily match one, payroll isn’t an issue, and there’s still about five weeks until training camp is scheduled to begin. Meehan is one of the most cunning agents in pro sports, and probably knows the Habs aren’t keen to start this season without Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ignore the trade rumors about Subban, the Canadiens aren’t trading him to Edmonton, Philadelphia, or anywhere else. He’ll be re-signed, probably just before training camp. Bergevin doesn’t want to overpay, but he also wants his first season as an NHL GM to begin as smoothly as possible.