Reaction to the “JVR for Schenn” trade by the Maple Leafs, the latest on Roberto Luongo, Eric Fehr’s days with the Jets are over, and more.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector with his take on the Vancouver Canucks efforts to move goaltender Roberto Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks problem is there are few destinations to ship Luongo. Sure, Toronto seems the best choice, and it’s believed the Leafs made a pitch over the weekend, but it doesn’t appear as though there’s much the Leafs can offer the Canucks. Doesn’t mean they can’t get a deal done, but it’s clear the Canucks don’t want to just give him away. Outside of Toronto, the Florida Panthers had interest but only if the Canucks agree to take back salary in return, which they cannot do because they need available cap space for Cory Schneider and other signings/additions. Things can change quickly, but for now, it appears the Luongo situation won’t be resolved soon.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets won’t send forward Eric Fehr as qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Injuries limited Fehr to only 35 games in his sole season with the Jets.
OTTAWA SUN: More praise for the Senators for drafting local boy Cody Ceci with their first round pick on Friday, including from Brian Kilrea, who helped groom Ceci into an OHL star with the Ottawa ’67s.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames went for players with “skill, character and hockey sense” in this year’s entry draft.
LA PRESSE: So did the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell how the players selected by rookie GM Marc Bergevin and his staff in this year’s draft pan out, but of the seven Canadian teams, the Habs have earned the most praise by pundits for their selections.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers added more size in this year’s draft.