Updates on Roberto Luongo, the Maple Leafs sign GM Dave Nonis to a contract extension, Marc Methot excited over invite to Olympic orientation camp, Raphael Diaz and Sven Baertschi invited to Swiss Olympic camp and the Oilers sign Darnell Nurse.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau wondered if Roberto Luongo hiring new agents suggests he’s attempting to engineer his departure from the Canucks in the near future. For the time being, Proteau expects Luongo will report to the Canucks this season.
TSN.CA: Pat Brisson, one of the Luongo’s new agents, confirmed the goaltender would indeed attend Canucks training camp this fall.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Gilles Lupien, Luongo’s former agent, blamed Canucks management for the drama surrounding the goaltender for the past 18 months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By hiring new agents, Luongo certainly seems to be laying the groundwork for his eventual departure. Lupien is correct in laying blame upon Canucks management, especially GM Mike Gillis, for mishandling this situation. For now, however, Luongo has no choice but to report to the Canucks if he wants to continue his NHL career. His hefty contract (with nine years and over $40 million remaining on it) will still prove difficult to move, and if he is traded there is the shared risk of salary cap advantage recapture penalties should he retire before his contract expires. Still, if he has a strong performance this season, it could stimulate interest from rival clubs with deep pockets in need of an experienced starting goalie.
CANADIAN PRESS (VIA CBC.CA): The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed GM Dave Nonis to a five-year contract extension. In an interview, Nonis thanked the organization, adding he’s not concerned Nazem Kadri, Matt Fraser and Cody Franson remain unsigned, nothing there’s plenty of time to get them under contract before the start of training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Early reaction from some Leafs bloggers seems mixed, with some suggesting an extension of that length was undeserved. Still, it is what it is, and should the Leafs continue to improve under Nonis’ watch, the new contract will be justified.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot, who received an invitation to Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey orientation camp, is excited about his shot at making the team.
LA PRESSE/CALGARY HERALD: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz has been selected for Switzerland’s Olympic hockey orientation camp. He’ll be joined by Calgary Flames Sven Baertschi and Reto Berra.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have signed their 2013 first round pick Darnell Nurse to a three-year entry-level contract.