Should the Canucks trade Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo? Should they trade Alex Edler and pursue David Clarkson? How might the Flyers fix their offense and defense?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Vancouver Canucks would get more if they trade Cory Schneider rather than Roberto Luongo, believing the Philadelphia Flyers would part with Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn to get Schneider. Matheson also suggested shopping him to the NY Islanders for Kyle Okposo and one of their top prospects.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough acknowledged Schneider at this point could garner a better return than Luongo, but suggests the latter might want out of Vancouver so badly not moving him would create a problem. Brough also suggested shopping defenseman Alex Edler to the Flyers, perhaps for Couturier. He also feels New Jersey Devils winger David Clarkson could be worth pursuing if he becomes a free agent, but noted there’ll be plenty of interest in Clarkson around the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Luongo’s as willing to cut ties and move on with his life and career as his critics among Vancouver’s punditry and fan base are willing to part ways with him. Yes, Schneider nets you a better return, but it creates a bigger problem with a potentially unhappy Luongo (who has already put his Vancouver penthouse up for sale) playing in a city which no longer appreciates him, being constantly compared to Schneider if the latter goes on to bigger and better things in another NHL city. Get what you can for Luongo, even if you have to pick up part of his salary to move him, and stick with Schneider as your starter.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli suggests Matt Read could be easier for the Flyers to move for an upper-echlon player, having a lot of value as a “multitooled player”, and suggests GM Paul Holmgren should trade for a first-line left winger. As for the defense, Seravalli believes Holmgren has little choice but to swing for the fences again this summer via trade or offer sheet as the free agent market is barren. He believes Holmgren could pursue Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, though it could cost Read, Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yandle is a far better blueliner than Vancouver’s Edler, though both are left-handed shots, while the Flyers lack a reliable right-handed shot on their blueline. Still, they need a skilled puckmoving blueliner, and I doubt Holmgren quibbles over which side they shoot from. Yandle will almost certainly cost one of those young forward Seravalli noted, and I agree with him Read is the most likely to be shopped, as Holmgren prefers to retain Couturier and Schenn.