The Maple Leafs, Roberto Luongo, Drew Doughty and Ryan Suter are the focus in today’s roundup of blogosphere speculation. Enjoy!
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claims a rumor from Bleacher report has the Vancouver Canucks shipping Roberto Luongo to the New York Islanders in exchange for Calvin de Haan, Casey Cizkas, and two first-round draft picks. Seely also cited Bleacher Report claiming the Toronto Maple Leafs making a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers for backup Michael Leighton.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hope reading the above didn’t make your morning coffee come out your nose, or spit your cereal out on your screen, especially the “Luongo to the Islanders” one. Seely didn’t provide links to either report, but why bother looking them up? They’re both ridiculous and have no basis in truth.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” commented on the recent report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos regarding Drew Doughty supposed rejection of several long-term offers from the LA Kings, claiming his sources tell him the situation isn’t as dire as it sounds. He still insists a Doughty re-signing is still tied to another deal GM Dean Lombardi is supposedly working on…He also doesn’t put any stock in a recent blogosphere rumor claiming the Predators might shop defenseman Ryan Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll just have to wait and see what’s going on with Doughty and the Kings. As for Suter, I agree with Eklund. Don’t be shocked, Eklund haters, he’s correct in his assessment of Suter’s value to the Predators, though I’m not sure if calling him a “tent pole player” is a suitable description…;)