The latest on Scott Gomez, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas and more.
MERCURY NEWS/CSNBAYEAREA.COM: The San Jose Sharks are exploring the possibility of signing former Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez, who was bought out of the remainder of his contract last week. It’s believed Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson, who coached Gomez with the New Jersey Devils, might be a factor to the mutual interest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the two sides could reach agreement on a one-year contract (believed worth $700K) as early as today. Stay tuned on this one.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance considers contract talks and trade rumors involving Anaheim Ducks stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry the NHL’s biggest storyline this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Check out my take on the Ducks talks with Getzlaf and Perry here.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Florida Panthers have shown interest in Roberto Luongo (which is where Luongo would prefer to go) but sources claim Panthers GM Dale Tallon must “sweeten the pot” to land the veteran netminder. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis isn’t pursuing Luongo as aggressively as some believed he would. The Chicago Blackhawks might pursue Luongo if they stumble out of the gate…It might make sense by season’s end for the Boston Bruins to shop the rights of goalie Tim Thomas, who is sitting out this season and won’t be returning to the Bruins…The Flames are willing to trade defenseman Anton Babchuk, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million this season. Garrioch speculates he’ll be moved at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen play well this season, the Panthers won’t have any need to chase Luongo. Nonis seems to be taking a “wait-and-see” approach to his goaltending. If the Leafs struggle between the pipes this season, expect the “Luongo-to-Toronto” rumors to resurface. I don’t believe the Blackhawks have serious interest in Luongo…The Bruins could peddle Thomas’s rights, but they won’t expect to get much back…Babchuk’s cap hit is actually $2.5 million. He also comes with a full “no-trade” clause. That being said, if the Flames are out of the playoff race by the end of March, Babchuk could become part of a roster house-cleaning.