The latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Jarome Iginla, Scott Gomez and Roberto Luongo.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek recently examined the contract statuses of Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, suggesting speculation over their futures with the Ducks could head up as the season progresses. Duhatschek noted the pair’s attractiveness in this summer’s free agent market, especially if they’re moved as a package. He compares Ducks GM Bob Murray’s situation with what Nashville Predators GM David Poile felt last year when he had to re-sign Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lance Pugmire reports Ducks winger Bobby Ryan has received a vote of confidence from Ducks GM Murray the club isn’t looking to trade him this season.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens recently speculated the Ducks might have interest in former Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez, as they have a lack of depth on their checking lines at that position.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Ducks struggle again this season, expect the trade rumors regarding Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan to ramp up as the April 3 trade deadline nears. As for Gomez, he’d be an affordable addition, but I’ve been hearing conflicting reports on the Ducks supposed interest in him. We’ll just have to give this some time and see how this plays out.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis recently speculated Flames captain Jarome Iginla might wish to move on if the club is out of the playoff chase by the April 3 trade deadline.
TSN.CA: Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis responded to claims his asking price for goaltender Roberto Luongo was killing interest in the netminder in the trade market. ”The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right. That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the type of pressure that I’m going to succumb too.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It seems to me it’s the media stumping hard for a Luongo trade. Gillis obviously won’t be pressured into making a deal just for the sake of it, and Luongo isn’t putting pressure upon him. Right now, Gillis doesn’t have to rush to move Luongo. He can afford to be patient, see how the season unfolds and if his roster needs change, and if the market value for the goalie improves. Besides, with no decent backup in their system to spell off starter Cory Schneider if he gets hurt or struggles this season, it’ll be worthwhile to have Luongo still on the roster. Their playoff hopes could depend on that.