Updates on Roberto Luongo, P.K. Subban, Jamie Benn, Ryan O’Reilly and Scott Gomez.
VANCOUVER SUN: Cam Cole interviewed Canucks GM Mike Gillis about his efforts to trade Roberto Luongo and the depth of his roster in the absence of Ryan Kesler and David Booth to injuries. Gillis explains Luongo’s “no-trade” clause and the recent lockout were factors in not moving the veteran goalie. Gillis claimed he has “a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have — and it’s not who anybody thinks it is — and so we have to wait.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s going to ramp up further speculation over where Luongo could be dealt, and when. Let your imaginations run wild!
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the contract negotiations of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn and Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly. Based on the optimism of Stars owner Tom Gagliardi, Friedman guesses Benn will be the one who is stigned first. The Canadiens continue to insist on a short-term offer for Subban, who is seeking a longer-term. Friedman also noted no one is questioning the character of Benn and O’Reilly, but there are “whispers” about Subban’s. Friedman also doubts these players will become targets for offer sheets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In hockey-mad Montreal, where the life of a Hab is a fishbowl existence, if Subban was out partying too much, pictures would be splashed all over the internet. The “character” issue appears to be based upon the blueliner’s brash, outspoken style, which is rumored to have rubbed some teammates the wrong way. Subban, however, has the skills to back up his style, and that’s the Habs are missing right now.
DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports agent Mark Guy, who represents Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly, said his client isn’t seeking a short term deal at $5 million per season, but “declined to specify what has been offered by Colorado or how far apart the sides remain.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It is rumored O’Reilly seeks a long-term deal at $5 million per, while the Avs have countered with two-years at $7 million and five years worth $17 million. Of the three unsigned RFAs, O’Reilly’s could be the last one to be resolved.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports free agent center Scott Gomez continues to practice with the San Jose Sharks, but no decision is expected to be reached on a possible contract until Tuesday at the earliest. Gomez’s efforts in practice has earned praise from Sharks coach Todd McLellan.