As Cory Schneider takes over in goal for the Canucks against the Kings, speculation is growing Roberto Luongo could be moved this summer. Check out the latest, plus an update on the contract status of Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre believes the Canucks are Cory Schneider’s team now, suggesting the club will try to re-sign him rather than move him via trade this summer, and could instead look at moving long-time starter Roberto Luongo, who’s in the second year of an expensive, twelve-year contract. Luongo also has a “no-trade” clause, but MacIntyre believes he’d waive it to play elsewhere, rather than play second banana or split the duties 50-50 with Schneider. MacIntyre also suggested the Canucks, if unable to re-sign Schneider, a restricted free agent, before July 1st, they could take him to arbitration, solely to avoid him getting an offer sheet from a rival club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacIntyre isn’t the only Vancouver pundit to suggest Luongo, not Schneider, could be on the move this summer. Luongo’s contract does make him difficult to move, but not impossible, though his “no-trade” clause would certainly limit potential suitors, so forget about him going to, say, Columbus. I’ve seen some fans suggesting the Maple Leafs should acquire him, but there’s currently a feud going on between Leafs GM Brian Burke and Canucks GM Mike Gillis, so that might not be a fit. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the market for a goalie, but it’s believed GM Steve Yzerman wants a younger, affordable one, rather than taking on another veteran, especially one with a fat contract. It remains to be seen what the outcome of all this will be, but a Schneider trade this summer no longer seems a certainty.
PUCK DADDY columnist Dmitry Chesnokov recently “tweeted” the following on Washington’s Alexander Semin: “Just heard something interesting about Semin’s possible contract. Don’t expect him to resign, will wait until the summer most likely.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Semin might not re-sign before July 1st, as he could test the market, though that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be back with the Capitals. He could determine what interest is out there on the open market, and perhaps get the Capitals a chance to match it. We’ll see…