The latest on Roberto Luongo, Ryan O’Reilly, Jonathan Bernier, Petr Sykora and Anton Khudobin.
CBC.CA: Tim Wharnsby reported the dismissal of former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke had nothing to do with a “difference of opinion” regarding a possible acquisition of Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Wharnsby claimed Burke wanted to make a trade for Luongo. He was upset over reports during the lockout claiming the Leafs and Canucks had a deal already worked out.
New Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he won’t hesitate to make a trade if his goaltending fails to impress early in the season. Nonis did, however, suggest there’d be no reason to do so if James Reimer and Ben Scrivens stay healthy and play well.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported yesterday via Twitter “Luongo rumor to Toronto won’t fade. Burke wanted him bad and Nonis will push as well, but Canucks insist other teams are in play.”
ESPN BOSTON’s James Murphy reported yesterday via Twitter “Interesting Flyers in Luongo rumors now. Reliable source told me prior to Burke firing they would be 3rd team in a 3-way trade for Lou to TO”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect plenty of Luongo speculation leading up to the start of this season. It remains to be seen, however, if he’ll be moved before then.
DENVER POST; Mike Chambers reports the priority for Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman is to re-sign center Ryan O’Reilly before the start of the season on January 19. Rumors have swirled suggesting O’Reilly could be traded or might play out the season in the KHL. A possible re-signing likely won’t be announced until after the new CBA becomes official.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Denver press (or at least, the Denver Post) have been quite concerned over O’Reilly’s contract status, fearful the Avs might get cheap with him, resulting in a trade or a contract holdout. We’ll find out soon enough if those fears are justified.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports the Kings never planned to move goalie Jonathan Bernier, who requested a trade last summer, when it became clear starting goalie Jonathan Quick needed back surgery. Quick has since made a full recovery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Kings shop Bernier this season, as they might prefer to keep him around as insurance. It’s possible they might move him near the trade deadline if Quick remains healthy, though that could leave them in the market for a suitable backup.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports it’s still possible free agent forward Petr Sykora could return to the New Jersey Devils for this season, though the Washington Capitals might also have some interest in him.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Bruins backup Anton Khudobin could give serious consideration to playing in the KHL next season. Khudobin becomes a free agent this summer.