Updates on Roberto Luongo, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dustin Byfuglien and more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Mike Gillis claims his talks this summer with Roberto Luongo are going well. The club will also raise Pavel Bure’s Number 10 to the rafters at a future date when Bure can be present for the honour. Jim Jamieson reports contract talks between the Canucks and defenseman Chris Tanev are dragging on with no end in sight. Tanev is a restricted free agent lacking arbitration rights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo has no choice. He must either suit up with the Canucks next season, face suspension for not reporting, or retire. As for Bure, this is an honour long overdue. Tanev, meanwhile, doesn’t have much leverage and ultimately must accept the Canucks offer.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples believes the Oilers should re-sign Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a long-term contract extension. Bruce McCurdy, meanwhile, reports there’s no indication the Oilers will bring back Linus Omark, who spent last season in Switzerland. Omark is apparently willing to return to the NHL but the Oilers claim there’s little interest around the league in him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish might prefer signing Nugent-Hopkins to a “bridge contract”, though he could have a tough time selling that to the center’s agent after MacT’s predecessor locked up Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall to lucrative long-term deals. As for Omark, perhaps if he’s packaged with Ales Hemsky, the Oilers could move him.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless wonders if Dustin Byfuglien’s invitation to Team USA’s Olympic orientation camp might result in better fitness levels this season for the hulking blueliner.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames goalie Karri Ramo has been invited to Finland’s Men’s Olympic Hockey orientation camp.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: New Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke is engaging in a “major housecleaning” of the senior ranks of the organization.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hear he’s looking for parade planners…kidding!