The latest on Roberto Luongo, Ryan O’Reilly and Stephen Weiss, plus the latest on the Star and Red Wings.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox recently reported on Roberto Luongo’s solid effort in his recent games and how he’s shrugged off the trade rumors which have dogged him for months. Cox claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs are still interested in Luongo but aren’t willing to pay the asking price of players and prospects the Canucks are demanding. The Florida Panthers may or may not be available, while the Washington Capitals are just speculation at the moment.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle noted James Reimer’s solid performance has begun to quiet calls for the Leafs to acquire Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as Reimer keeps playing well, the less inclined the Leafs are to go shopping for a veteran netminder. As for Luongo, the reason he’s getting more starts isn’t because the Canucks are “showcasing” him, but because they’re going with the hot hand in goal, and so far, that’s “Bobby Lu”. Of course, the fact he’s playing well won’t hurt his trade value, but I don’t believe the Panthers or Capitals will pursue him. Those clubs need scoring help, not a goaltender.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren and Don Brennan both reports Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t going to rush out into the trade or free agent market to try and find a short-term replacement for injured center Jason Spezza. Both agree Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss could be worth watching if Murray should seek a first line center later in the season. Weiss is an unrestricted free agent this summer and there’s speculation the Panthers might be unable to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, the Senators will go with Kyle Turris on the first line and give more playing time to Peter Regin and rookie Mika Zibanejad.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports no progress in contract talks between the Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan O’Reilly. He does point out an interesting change in the new CBA which would make O’Reilly an unrestricted free agent after next season if he isn’t re-signed by then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs wouldn’t let that standoff last that long…would they? Naw, I daresay they would trade him before letting it come to that. Anyway, it remains to be seen how long O’Reilly wants this to drag on. He’s got no leverage, unless his hope is to force the Avs to trade him to a club willing to pay his salary demands.So far, the Avalanche management has dug in their heels.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika suggests the Stars could shop Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr, Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas and even Ray Whitney by the April 3rd trade deadline if they’re out of the playoff race by then.
MLIVE.COM:In a recent Q&A with his readers, Ansar Khan expected the Detroit Red Wings to upgrade their blueline prior to this year’s trade deadline, acknowledging Phoenix’s Keith Yandle or Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester might be available by then. He also acknowledged the Wings might have some interest in Lubomir Visnovsky (who’s been dragging his feet rejoining the NY Islanders) by the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of that trio, Visnovsky appears the most likely to be available by the deadline. The othe rtwo won’t be just given away, as the asking price could be expensive.