The latest on Roberto Luongo, Jarome Iginla and more.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs might not be the first choice of trade destination for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, but they are “part of the equation”, adding he has respect for the Leafs, the city of Toronto and Leafs GM Brian Burke. “It’s a process,” Luongo said. “I told (Gillis), I gave him the green light to do whatever he needs to do that’s best for the team. Whatever that is, how much time that will be, I don’t know.“I’m prepared right now to go up to Vancouver and start training camp. Unless Mike tells me otherwise, I’m ready to go, I’m excited. I miss being around the guys.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Luongo is traded to Toronto, or anywhere else, when this season begins. The Canucks would be scrambling to find a replacement as Eddie Lack is sidelined with a groin injury, meaning they’d have no backup for Cory Schneider if Luongo is moved. A goalie might have to be part of the return, or else the Canucks will have to acquire one via a separate trade or free agency, where the pickings (Dan Ellis? Ty Conklin?) are decidedly thin.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla doesn’t want to talk to reporters about his contract status with the Flames, preferring to focus on the games in this upcoming seas. He’s in the final year of his contract and eligible for UFA status in July. Trade rumors have dogged Iginla over the past two years as the Flames failed to make the playoffs, sparking calls for a roster overhaul.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla might not want to discuss it, but if the Flames struggle again to make the playoffs, the trade rumors will run rampant.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: A season-ending hip injury to Jared Cowen and a broken finger suffered by Mike Lundin has Senators GM Bryan Murray in the market for a defenseman, though he’d prefer to find a replacement in-house first.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources say if the Maple Leafs want Roberto Luongo they’ll have to “sweeten the pot”.It’s believed the Canucks want “good prospects” in return, which Leafs GM Brian Burke might be unwilling to part with. Same goes for the Florida Panthers, Luongo’s preferred destination. The asking price by the Canucks is a player who can help them now, a top prospect and draft pick…Two teams looking for blueliners are the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars…The Edmonton Oilers might be sniffing around for a goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No real change from the Canucks asking price since the summer for Luongo…The Flyers could be in the market for a d-man if Andrej Meszaros is unable to start the season…If Devan Dubnyk plays as well this season as he did in the Spengler Cup, the Oilers won’t have to worry about a goalie.