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.
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 RDS.ca’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.