Updates on Shea Weber, Keith Yandle, Roberto Luongo, Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Steve Ott and more.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently interviewed Nashville Predators GM David Poile, who poured cold water on the notion he’d consider trading defenseman Shea Weber this summer. “We have a franchise goaltender and the best defenceman in the NHL”, he told Friedman. “We are building our team around them.”…A few teams were disappointed they could pry forward Boyd Gordon away from the Phoenix Coyotes…Friedman doubts the Coyotes received any offers which would convince them to part with Keith Yandle. The asking price is two forwards, one being a center…Distrust between the respective general managers of the Canucks and Maple Leafs was one reason why the two couldn’t agree on a deadline day deal regarding Roberto Luongo…Luongo could join “Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier and whichever of Niklas Backstrom, Mike Smith, Jimmy Howard and Ray Emery remain unsigned” in this summer’s goalie market…Wild GM Chuck Fletcher downplayed speculation his acquisition of Jason Pominville from Buffalo could lead to his acquiring Sabres forward Thomas Vanek (who played at the University of Minnesota) via trade this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the “Shea Weber-to-Philadelphia” ship sailed when the Predators matched the Flyers offer sheet last summer. I realize it sparked rumors of the Preds shopping Weber this summer, but they genuinely appear keen to rebuild around Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne, despite his expensive contract. Besides, I think the Flyers will chase more affordable options, like Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, though they’ll have to part with one of their good young forwards as part of the return…The Canucks are hopeful of moving Luongo this summer or even this season, but if that doesn’t happen, I expect they’ll use the amnesty buyout clause next summer to buy out the rest of his contract. Personally, I think they should cut their losses and buy him out this summer, but as long as Canucks management believes there’s a market for Luongo this summer, they’ll keep pursuing a trade…Sure, the Wild could try to land Vanek, but as Friedman pointed out, that would be tough to do under a shrinking salary cap for next season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports Canucks center Derek Roy understand his role as a playoff rental player. “With nearly its entire 2013-14 payroll of $64.3 million already committed to just 15 players, the Canucks have almost no hope of re-signing Roy regardless of how well he and the team play”, writes MacIntyre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not unless they can move Roberto Luongo’s hefty contract, and even then, they won’t have enough to re-sign Roy.
BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports Steve Ott, who is signed through next season, could be captain material if he signs an extension this summer.