Could Roberto Luongo be dealt to Toronto at the deadline? Are the Leafs even in the market for a goalie? What are the plans of the Senators and Jets as the deadline nears? Read on for the latest.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks are making “one final push” to trade Roberto Luongo by the trade deadline. Talks have picked up with teams like the Maple Leafs, who are rumored to be offering a second-round pick and maybe a prospect. Botchford earlier suggested such a low offer is not going to convince the Canucks management to move him at the deadline.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports the Maple Leafs would like to add a veteran goalie with playoff experience (Luongo or Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff) but under the “right circumstances”. McKenzie speculates if Kiprusoff is willing to be dealt, he could be had for a draft pick, and claims the Canucks asking price for Luongo hasn’t gone down much, as they remain interested in Leafs centerTyler Bozak, plus a prospect and a pick.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis claims he’s not working on anything big at the moment, but didn’t rule out the possibility of something happening leading up to the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nonis isn’t going to tip his hand, but it’s obvious he’s keen on Luongo and Kiprusoff and doesn’t want to give up too much to land either guy. I doubt Kiprusoff could be had for a draft pick. The Leafs would have to at least part with Ben Scrivens plus a prospect or pick. The Canucks desperately need a second-line center, so they’re not gonna accept a pick and prospect for Luongo. I’d say the Leafs have a better chance of landing “Kipper” than “Bobby Lou”, but that doesn’t mean they’ll land one or the other by the deadline. Don’t be surprised if both guys are still with their current teams after the deadline.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t seeking any blockbuster moves by the deadline, looking for “quiet” deals which could help his team without giving up too much in return. He’s reportedly contacted the Dallas Stars regarding Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr, but won’t deal for them at any price. Murray has received inquiries about Ben Bishop, and doesn’t intend to carry three goalies, but is leaning toward demoting Robin Lehner again when Craig Anderson returns from an ankle injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murray will try to tweak his lineup, but I don’t see him moving Bishop now, as he could probably get a better return this summer. With some of his injured players due back soon, Murray doesn’t have to make any desperation deals, plus his depth in young talent continues to carry his injury-ravaged club.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe doesn’t expect Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to make any blockbuster moves, doubts he’ll be bringing in any rental players at the deadline, and called upon Cheveldayoff not to move out pending UFA Ron Hainsey at the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff will keep his options open, but I don’t expect he’ll move out Hainsey. With the Jets in playoff contention, I don’t believe he’ll move out any key players, regardless of their free agent status.