Updates on Roberto Luongo, Bobby Ryan, Steve Ott and Jordin Tootoo, plus the Blues search for a defenseman continues.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH columnist Aaron Portzline this morning “tweeted” he’d been “Told by very good source #Canucks G Roberto Luongo has – to this point—declined to waive no-trade clause to go to #Blackhawks or #Leafs.”, adding “Only place Luongo is willing to be traded, as of today, is back to the Florida #Panthers.” and suggesting Luongo was trying to “steer” a trade toward the Panthers.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie countered by acknowledging Luongo would welcome a trade back to South Florida, but added it’s too early in the process to determine which clubs he’ll waive his “no-trade” clause for. Florida and Toronto have the greatest interest in Luongo, but aren’t willing yet to pay the Canucks asking price. McKenzie adds Luongo was never formally asked to provide a list of preferred destinations, and hasn’t rule out Toronto or any other possible destination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the waiting game continues, likely (it seems) into July. Hey, at least we’ll have something to ponder once all the best free agents are off the UFA market by the end of next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now, before anyone claims Ryan won’t accept a trade to Long Island, understand he doesn’t have a trade clause in his contract, meaning the Ducks could trade him to anyone. The Isles are a team stocked with young talent and prospects, so I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of them making a tempting pitch, though you can bet other clubs (hello there, Philadelphia Flyers, or maybe, Columbus Blue Jackets?) will also have considerable interest in him, as well as those (Rangers, Wild) who might lose out in the bidding for Zach Parise.
NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon cited a report by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun claiming there are teams with interest in Dallas Stars winger/center Steve Ott, though they could retain him if they don’t find a deal to their liking. Mike Halford, meanwhile, reports the Nashville Predators won’t be re-signing Jordin Tootoo, making him eligible for UFA stats on July 1.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reported earlier today sources claiming the Blues have interest in Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison, who could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. A possible trade option could be Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester. GM Doug Armstrong’s new budget won’t allow him to spend to the projected $70.3 million cap for next season, but he does have more financial flexibility than in recent years.