Walking back Alain Vigneault’s comments on Roberto Luongo’s “trade request”, and the latest on P.K. Subban’s contract negotiations with the Canadiens.
VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap reports Canucks GM Mike Gillis engaged in some damage control by saying head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t mean what he said when he claimed goaltender Roberto Luongo had requested a trade. Gillis claimed Vigneault, who made his comments on a French-language TV show, “misspoke” and later clarified his remarks with his interviewers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of what Vigneault may have said, Gillis’ clarification will of course have no bearing upon the trade speculation swirling about Luongo in the coming weeks.
TVASPORTS: Louis-André Lariviére reports agent Mark Guy, who represents defenseman P.K. Subban, said he’s yet to have contract negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens, but reported that’s not unusual at this time of year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Especially considering they only recently hired a new general manager. Subban is also a restricted free agent, and while it’s possible he could receive an offer sheet from a rival team if he’s still unsigned by July 1st, that threat is a low one, and if he did get one, the Habs would match.