Check out the latest trade rumors from around the NHL.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman claimed season-ending hip surgery for goaltender Eddie Lack won’t have any effect upon the club’s plans for a Roberto Luongo trade. Speculation suggests, however, the Canucks would now require a backup goalie as part of the return if they do trade Luongo this season. Even when healthy, Lack was not considered part of the Canucks plans this season.
The Province’s Ben Kuzma, meanwhile, reported GM Mike Gills could need more time, perhaps the first ten games of this season, to get a better read on his club’s needs. Kuzma feels the return for Luongo must a center who can play either the second or third line. Gillis dismissed any suggestion he might be desperate to move Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gillis has repeatedly made it clear he’s content to be patient and await the right offer, and won’t be pressured into trading Luongo for a lesser return. I agree that a quality center will likely be the centerpiece of any return for Luongo.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reported yesterday it’s believed the Colorado Avalanche are trying to add a forward to replace the injured Steve Downie. They’re still embroiled in a contract standoff with Ryan O’Reilly…Washington Capitals GM George McPhee denied he’s in the market for help for his struggling club…LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi wants to give his team time to overcome their slow start…Friedman believes Phil Kessel is perfectly suited to play in Toronto because he isn’t rattled by the media coverage…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t appear as though the Avs standoff with O’Reilly is going to end soon. There’s been rumors they’re shopping him but the club repeatedly denies it…McPhee obviously wants to do the same as Lombardi and give his team more time. Still, if the Caps haven’t improved in another month, pressure on McPhee to do something could increase…I expect the Kings will rally back and won’t need a shake-up trade…Leafs management have given no indication they’re considering a move of Kessel. Quite frankly, I think such talk is premature.
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Sam Carchidi wondered if Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will remain patient and await Scott Hartnell’s return from injury in four or five weeks, or pull the trigger on a major deal “for a sniper like Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Ducks are off to a good start this season and their management has assured Ryan he’s not on the trade block, Holmgren might have to look at another club if he wants to make a major deal.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch recently reported the Senators strong start has GM Bryan Murray holding off shopping for help for his blueline.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi recently reported Penguins defenseman Simon Despres might be available for the right price. The Pens were rumored in the market for a winger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despres is currently filling in for the injured Matt Niskanen, so if the Penguins are shopping him, they’ll likely wait until after Niskanen’s return.