Wednesday Evening NHL Rumors Update – June 20, 2012.

Updates on Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller, Shea Weber, Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise, P.A. Parenteau and more.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes the Maple Leafs are the only logical destination for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, citing the shrinking number of available quality goalies in the UFA market, and lack of decent options via trade. Cox dismisses Chicago and Florida as possible destinations for Luongo, while he might not be keen to go to Columbus.

NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited reports indicating Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis is prepared to go into next season with Luongo and Cory Schneider, while Burke is willing to move forward with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, they say it, but both guys could swing a deal, provided there’s a willingness to get it done. If they won’t deal with each other, one suspects Gillis and Burke will continue to shop around for other options to address their respective needs.

Did Ducks try to acquire Miller from Sabres?

CSNPHILLY.COM’s John Boruk claimed via Twitter “Two NHL insiders had told me last year a Bobby Ryan/Jonas Hiller deal for Ryan Miller was all but done and then the Lucic incident happened.” That prompted the following response from TH BUFFALO NEWS’ Mike Harrington via Twitter: “The Ryan Miller deal-was-done tweet from Philly is silly. He was never asked for a list of teams to be dealt to. Confirmed that multiple x”. Harrington added, “Did the Ducks and Sabres TALK about Miller? Absolutely. But it was never close enough for the Sabres to even take it to Miller.”

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne noted TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s recent tweets regarding Ducks forward Bobby Ryan being back on the market, though the Ducks aren’t actively shopping him, but are willing to listen to offers. TSN’s Darren Dreger tonight said the Ducks weren’t pushing Ryan out the door, but are willing to listen to what might be out there.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports George Parros’ agent expects there’ll be a market for his client, who appears headed for free agency on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe the Sabres seriously considered moving Miller, nor do I believe Miller is available now. As for Ryan, the Ducks will listen to offers, but it would take a substantial one to pry him away from the Ducks. Parros will attract attention from teams seeking toughness this summer.

CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk offers up eight reasons why the Philadelphia Flyers should pitch an offer sheet to Nashville’s Shea Weber.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And here’s three reasons which trumps them as to why they won’t: because offer sheets are rarely successful, the Flyers are already pressed for cap space even with it expected to temporarily rise to over $70 million, and the uncertainty over the upcoming CBA.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Zach Parise’s agent Wade Arnott has nothing new to report on his client’s status with the New Jersey Devils. He intends to meet with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello over the weekend, and will meet with Parise in Minnesota next week.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report by’s Renaud Lavoie claiming NY Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau appears headed for unrestricted free agency on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of quality scoring depth in this summer’s UFA market, Parenteau stands to cash in big, but can he continue his offensive production away from Long Island and John Tavares? Remains to be seen.


  1. Who is better, Martin or Michalek?

    • Martin, but not by much

      • I had that discussion on Twitter, but the Pens think Z is better. I think Martin is being shopped for picks. I think that the Pens need to tell Bylsma to go to a defensive system or find someone who will

        • @Tom You’ve got the top two offensive players in the league and you want Bylsma to go to a defensive system?

          • Defense wins championships. Remember how well we did with that when Sid and Geno were down?

  2. If Burke and Gillis want to get into a standoff as to who can out wait the other, Burke will lose.Gillis has two quality goaltenders where the Leafs barely have one with both players put together.

    If only the Leafs could get their hands on Miller,but not likely to happen at all.

    One thing is for sure. If the Leafs go into the fall with Reimer and Scrivens as the starter and backup respectfully,Burke better run fast when the pitchforks come hunting him down

  3. Please Habs, don’t overpay for Parenteau…

  4. I don’t think Damien Cox knows what he is talking about. And I don’t see him as much of an insider. I think Gillis would rather trade Schneider than get hosed on a Luongo deal. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if either goalie doesn’t get traded to Toronto. This whole bad contract argument is hooey. There are worse goalies than Lou with a higher cap hit.

    • It is not the cap hit. It is the length of the contract. If not for that I think he would have already been traded.

      If you are an NHL GM and you can get as good if not better goaltending from a younger guy who costs less. Are you going to want to keep the lengthy contract of the older guy that can’t get over the hump around?

      Only common sense.

  5. If Burke and Gillis won’t make a trade because of bad blood between them.. then they both are not doing what is best for their teams.

    PA Parenteau…. I wonder if the Sens would make a fair offer for him.. considering he is from the Ottawa area… across the river in Gatineau (Hull). I seriously doubt they win the Nash sweepstakes as the cost is just too much… Parenteau may fit..

    • Still don’t see Miller going anywhere unless he wants out.

  6. Given how thin the quality of UFAs this summer, and the uncertainty of the new CBA, wouldnt it be refreshing to see Gms actually “not” overpay for them. Fair market value would be a wonderful new trend to start, and perhaps might put a bit of urgency in the players to negotiate a new CBA

  7. This whole Loo to Toronto thing makes me laugh. It’s all chicken little style reports about the cap hit( the sky is falling), but we’ll take him for a 4th rounder, cause we’re good people.

    His numbers are as good as any team could hope for, his cap hit is average, and the cost to buy him out in the last 4years of that contract is not that much. He is a proven elite goaltender, we’re not going to trade him for Komisarek or Jeff Finger.

    Nash is worth what compared to Loo………

    Not looking for Kreider and 1st, but I do believe if there is a trade to be had, you best come up with something useful. Your talking about a Jennings Trophy Tandem who despite the media’s reports about their status stay classy. We are in no hurry I am sure.