Roberto Luongo ready to move on, possible destinations for Alexander Semin, plus updates on Bobby Ryan, Shea Weber, Paul Martin, Patrick Marleau and Paul Stastny.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo told a Vancouver radio station Friday he enjoyed his six season in Vancouver, but it was time to move on. He acknowledged his preference for Florida and praised Chicago as a great city to play in, but said it would depend on the Blackhawks interest in him as well as the Canucks willingness to move him there.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chris Kuc noted Luongo’s comments about the Blackhawks, noting it would be a major investment to take on his big contract.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reported the Canucks and Panthers have kept dialogue alive regarding Luongo, but nothing’s imminent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind, Luongo wasn’t saying he’d agree to go to Chicago, only called it a great city to play in, stressing the point such a move would depend on the Blackhawks needs and the Canucks willingness to move him there. I’d say at this point, there’s a better chance he returns to Florida.
SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille reports it’s time for a team to sign former Capitals winger Alexander Semin. He noted the Hurricanes interest in Semin, as well as the winger’s interest in signing with Pittsburgh, though on a long-term deal. Gentille also suggested the Red Wings as another potential landing spot.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan makes the case for the Senators to pursue Semin, whose agent believes would be a good fit in Ottawa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Teams which fall out of the bidding for Columbus’ Rick Nash, or fail to convince the Ducks to part with Bobby Ryan, could take a serious look at Semin who, despite the questions over his work ethic and character, has skills aplenty. I can see him getting a short-term (two-three years) deal, which he might have little option but to accept as there doesn’t appear to be many GMs willing to ink him to a long-term deal at this stage in his career.
MLIVE.COM: Josh Slagter considers Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan a trade alternative for the Red Wings, but he’d also be an expensive one.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater noted a number of Colorado Avalanche fans wouldn’t mind if Paul Stastny were dealt to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan, but figures if such a move were possible, it would’ve happened by now, pointing out the reluctance of Avs management to move Stastny.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, don’t hold your breath in anticipation of any trade involving Stastny.
USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen believes the Nashville Predators should make a huge offer to captain Shea Weber, and trade him if he rejects it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Weber only wants a one-year extension to take him up to free agency next summer, then the Predators should shop him right away, and use the return to help them rebuild. No point going through another situation as they did with Ryan Suter. If, however, Weber is willing to sign a long-term deal, they should do what they can to retain him.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi recently reported the Penguins are no longer actively shopping blueliner Paul Martin, who has three years at $5 million per remaining on his contract.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports Sharks forward Patrick Marleau hasn’t reached the point where he’d consider waiving his “no-movement” clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. I’m not expecting Marleau to be moved anytime soon.