An editorial calling for the Canucks to trade goalie Roberto Luongo to Tampa Bay for Vincent Lecavalier…An update on Kyle Turris’ holdout with the Phoenix Coyotes…A suggestion NY Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski could face demotion.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: published an editorial calling on the Vancouver Canucks to trade maligned goalie Roberto Luongo to the Tampa Bay Lightning for center Vincent Lecavalier.”Tampa needs better goaltending; we need a power forward. Lou’s wife could finally be closer to her family, and Lecavalier could play hockey again in a city that actually cares about his sport.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hope whoever penned this did so tongue-in-cheek, because if the author was serious, they should never, ever write about the NHL again. “Puck Daddy” Greg Wyshynski has more on this silly trade suggestion.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside has the latest on the contract standoff between Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes, citing a source claiming money isn’t the issue (despite Turris’ demands for between $3-$4 million per season) and the young center would sign a deal immediately after being traded if the Coyotes were to move him. Burnside claims “half-a-dozen teams” have inquired into Turris’ availability. Burnside also wondered if GM Don Maloney would consider moving Turris if he could get a young, NHL-ready player who could help the club now, or stick to his guns about keeping Turris, even at the risk of his being ineligible to play the rest of the season if unsigned by December 1st.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Teams might be inquiring, but Maloney reportedly isn’t shopping Turris, and continues to dig in his heels on this subject. Maloney can afford to do this now, when it’s late-October and only three weeks into this season. The standoff will get more interesting if it’s still ongoing in a month’s time, when the December 1st deadline nears.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks recently reported Rangers head coach John Tortorella recently took a shot at sidelined Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski, who continues to rehab a nagging groin injury with hot-tub treatments. Brooks noted Wolski is in the final season of his contract which pays a cap hit of $3.8 million, finishing with “Presumably, there are hot tubs in Hartford too”, referring to the Rangers AHL farm team.