NHL Trade and Free Agent Rumors – September 5, 2012.

Roberto Luongo considers the Florida Panthers his preferred trade destination, a report links Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle to the Boston Bruins, and updates on Shane Doan and P.K. Subban.


Luongo considers Panthers his preferred destination.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov interviewed Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo at the Florida Panthers training facility yesterday.  Luongo cited personal reasons why the Florida Panthers would be a preferred destination if he were to be traded, though he also said he wasn’t ruling out other options.

 “Luongo, 33, has been linked to the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, both with glaring needs for an elite goalie. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon has repeatedly said he’s content with his current goalie trio, that includes (Jose) Theodore, Scott Clemmensen and promising Swede Jacob Markstrom. However, Tallon hasn’t ruled out adding Luongo if the price is right and doesn’t include a promising prospect like Quinton Howden or Jonathan Huberdeau.”

Neither Theodore or Clemmensen were concerned by the trade rumors.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford wondered how long Luongo will linger with the Canucks, also noting the veteran netminder has been linked to the Panthers, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Columbus Blue Jackets in this summer’s rumor mill.

OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch reported via Twitter: “Believe Florida’s last offer was two players more likely for buyout.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the seemingly deteriorating NHL CBA negotiations, it’s unlikely Luongo will be moved before the September 15th expiration of the current CBA.

CSNNE.COM: Danny Picard reported a source close to Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle claimed the blueliner,who’s a Boston native, would love to play for the Bruins. Picard suggests Bruins center David Krejci, who carries a cap hit equal to Yandle’s $5.25 million per season, might be a logical trade fit.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney admitted re-signing team captain Shane Doan remains a challenge. He also admitted going the trade route to improve his club remains a viable option, once a new CBA is implemented. Other than re-signing Doan, Maloney doesn’t foresee any additional UFA signings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Picard does his report a disservice by also citing an anonymous Twitter rumormonger , whose track record for accuracy and credibility leaves much to be desired. Yandle might love to play for the Bruins, but that doesn’t mean he’s stumping for a trade, or that he’s even available. Maloney – who entertained offers for the blueliner during the entry draft weekend – has since reconsidered, claiming the blueliner remains a key piece of the Coyotes going forward. As for Doan, it depends on if prospective buyer Greg Jamison can purchase the club prior to the expiration of this CBA on September 15th.

MONTREAL GAZETTE’s Dave Stubbs yesterday reported the following on Twitter regarding PK Subban: “Told this morning there’s nothing new on contract talks b/w #Habs & @PKSubban1. P.K.’s still smiling – so that’s nothing new, either.”


  1. Well i cant see to many teams willing to take Luongos contract except the panthers or Toronto,since the cap will go down with the new cba.Other teams might like the fact Vancouver will have to make other plans to lower there cap.As for my bruins trading Krecji for Yandel,anythings possible but does boston give up a number one center who they resigned for a defenceman they dont really need.If Boston needs anything its a healthy Nathan Horton and a solid third line winger.And a powerplay that works.

    • I would imagine if the cap is reduced then so will player salaries…

  2. Picard’s statement about Yandle seems kind of silly. Yandle is from Boston and would “love” to play there. 99% of the players in the NHL are from some city other than the one they play in. I’m sure they would all “Love” to play for some other team. The statement sounds like some sort of whimsical off-the-cuff remark that was overheard by somebody and repeated.

    • Yep

      If you want to play in a certain city, then play long enough to become a UFA and then be willing to lower your pay so that – that team will take you needed or not

  3. If we go by the recent doan reports he has Vancouver on his short list, if he does end up there Vancouver will be for sure handcuffed with what they will have to take for luongo as he is a piece that will definitely be moved to free up cap space.

    • Its been believed for quite some time, that the Luongo deal is pending on where Doan goes. If we do get him, MG will feel much more comfortable taking less for Lou

  4. With the sale of tne Coyotes looking as though it is finally going to happen, at least according to ESPN/TSN, does that end the Shane Doan going anywhere other than Phoenix rumour fest?

  5. Doan Doan go away come back when you have signed. Who cares

    • Who would you rather talk about Carlo Colaiacovo?

  6. Luongo may want Florida, but it doesn’t sound like Florida wants Luongo. Way to reduce your trade value, Roberto, by saying the one place you’ll go is a place that isn’t interested….

  7. No idea why Florida would have interest.

  8. Krejci for Yandle makes since for Boston.
    Seguin is ready for 1st line center.
    This would make Bergeron #2 and Kelly #3 centers.
    We may be a little short on d if Hamilton isn’t ready.
    Also Can never have enough d.
    This would also open spots for knight and Spooner.

  9. I don’t see a Krejci for Yandle trade unless the following happened

    #1 – Doan resigns in Phoenix (which he will)
    #2 – Ekman-Larsson or another D step up to show he can be replaced
    #3 – Phoenix is struggling during the season
    #4 – Boston adds something else

    Yandle is an elite two way D, with great leadership. Krejci is a well above average #2 center or an average #1 center, but certainly not an elite #1 center that you’d want to package Yandle for. If Boston were adding something to that pot, draft pick, prospect, depth player I could maybe see it. But I still doubt it.

    Regardless of division I see the ‘Yotes being more likely to use Yandle, Boedker, 1st as a shop for Ryan Getzlaf (providing he would agree on a contract) at the deadline. (maybe more need, too tired to think of full value)