Could the struggling LA Kings make a trade soon? Did the Columbus Blue Jackets get an offer for Derick Brassard? Could Roberto Luongo be dealt?
ESPN.COM:Scott Burnside reported on the current struggles of the LA Kings, who’ve look anything like Stanley Cup contenders this season, especially in the offensive department. Burnside noted that has fans calling on GM Dean Lombardi to make some sort of move, either via trade or firing the coach, but his comments suggest that’s not going to happen. “There’s a mental growth that has to take place,” Lombardi told Burnside. “There may be a cap on talent, but there’s no cap on mental toughness. You have to be able to find that. That said, I’ve got a terrific group of people down there. I certainly believe in the players in that room. They’re a good bunch of kids that want the right thing.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One shouldn’t rule out Lombardi making a move or two later in the season if things don’t improve, but for now, it appears he’s willing to be patient and allow this team more time to sort itself out.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Shawn Mitchell recently reported the Carolina Hurricanes last month offered up defenseman Tomas Kaberle and a second round pick to the Blue Jackets for center Derick Brassard, but the Jackets declined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t necessarily mean the Jackets won’t move Brassard later this season, but it does mean they’re not willing take on someone else’s mistake, which is what the Hurricanes signing Kaberle to a three-year, $4.25 million per season contract certainly was.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough reported Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis recently dismissed a rumor which appeared in last Sunday’s Ottawa Sun by Bruce Garrioch, who claimed Gillis was shopping goalie Roberto Luongo.“All you have to do is look at the source of that story and you’ll know there’s zero credibility,” said Gillis. “We’re really happy with our goaltending. We have an opportunity to win every night with Cory [Schneider] and with Roberto. “
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect Garrioch’s reply in his Sunday rumor column.