Updates on Roberto Luongo, P.K. Subban, Carlo Colaiacovo and Justin Abdelkader.
NATIONAL POST: Iain MacIntyre reports Roberto Luongo has no problem waiting for the Vancouver Canucks to work out a trade, even if it means starting the season with the club. GM Mike Gillis, meanwhile, isn’t willing to just give Luongo away, acknowledging he’s received “solid offers” but insufficient to convince him to move the netminder. Gillis doesn’t expect having Luongo on the roster will be a problem, and also doesn’t expect to move Luongo before the September 15 expiration date of the current CBA.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards on the possibility of Luongo being dealt back to the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, the Panthers appear the logical destination, as Luongo will definitely accept a trade there. To make it happen, however, the Panthers will have to part with one, maybe two, of their promising prospects, which GM Dale Tallon thus far seems reluctant to do. If/when the NHL season begins, I suspect the Panthers will see how things go with their current tandem of Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If they’re playing well, they won’t be under any pressure to make a move. If they struggle, however, that could force Tallon’s hand. As for other possible destinations, those aren’t likely to be determined until a new season unfolds.
RDS.CA: Bertrand Raymond reports the Philadelphia Flyers expressed interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban following their unsuccessful efforts to sign Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber to an offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt the Flyers made inquiries about Subban’s availability. I do doubt the Canadiens will move him. Sure, the Habs could ask for, say, Sean Couturier in return from the Flyers, but moving Subban would leave a huge hole on the Habs blueline which they won’t be able to fill via trade or free agency.
NHL.COM: cited a report out of St Louis claiming the Detroit Red Wings had signed UFA defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year, $5 million contract.
MLIVE.COM: The Red Wings are reportedly close to re-sign center Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract, which could be worth $1.7 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe an Abdelkader signing is imminent, perhaps announced as early as today. Remains to be seen what happens with Colaiacovo, but it’s obvious the Wings remain interested in him.