In today’s roundup of rumors from the blogosphere: Is now the time to ship Roberto Luongo to Florida?…Rangers and Oilers talking about a deal?…Stephen Weiss to Boston?…Shane Doan to Chicago?…Three reason the Kings should trade Jonathan Bernier…Players who could help the Bruins offense.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” suggests now is the time for the Vancouver Canucks to move Roberto Luongo to Florida, claiming the Canucks will have to choose very soon between Luongo and backup Cory Schneider, and that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers have inquired about Schneider. He claims the Panthers “ need to fix their goalie situation quickly”, saying he knows for a fact Schneider was discussed when the two sides were working on the David Booth trade.
“Eklund” also cited a rumor of the NY Rangers and Edmonton Oilers talking “Big Deal”, while another had the Kings shipping Dustin Penner to an Eastern team, plus speculation the Bruins are in “heavy talks with Florida” about bringing Stephen Weiss to Boston, or perhaps landing Rene Bourque from Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eklund’s sources haven’t watched the Panthers much in recent weeks. Jacob Markstrom and Jose Theodore have both played very well. In fact, Markstrom has played so well there’s now speculation the Panthers might consider shopping Scott Clemmensen when he returns from knee surgery. There’s nothing wrong with their goaltending at the present time, and no need for them to try to land one from Vancouver…The Rangers are in need of blueline depth, something the Oilers can’t help them with, so I don’t know what big deal could be made there…Weiss is currently tied for second in team scoring with the Panthers, so there doesn’t appear to be any need on the Panthers part to move him. Yes, I know, strike while his value is high, but unless he’s asking out of Florida, the Panthers have no reason to move him. As for Penner, he’s off to a slow start, but the Kings probably aren’t shopping him at this time, preferring to give him more time to regain his offensive touch. Perhaps later in the season, Penner could be moved. Not now.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely, citing a Bleacher Report post, claims the Chicago Blackhawks are looking for a veteran forward to provide some offense and leadership, and might have interest in Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes aren’t moving Doan, and are in fact interested in re-signing him. That could change if their ownership situation isn’t sorted out by the New Year, but for now, he’s not going anywhere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of the reasons (he won’t get a chance to be a starter with the Kings), is valid. One (his trade value) is questionable, for while he’s got promise, I’m not sure on his own he could net a big return. The last reason (they could lose him for nothing) won’t happen for a few years yet, as he’s signed through 2012-13, and will be a restricted free agent after that, not an unrestricted free agent. I daresay Bernier could be dealt at some point before he becomes an RFA, but the Kings aren’t in a rush to move him…Of the players Goss lists that could help the Bruins offensively, most of them (Iginla, Nash, Weiss) aren’t going anywhere. Rene Bourque could be an option. Kyle Turris won’t be dealt, but even if he were, I doubt he’d help the Bruins.