The latest on Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Bernier.
VANCOUVER SUN: Brad Ziemer reports Cory Schneider’s agent is hoping a trade of Roberto Luongo comes sooner, rather than later. Mike Liut hopes for a resolution soon, but acknowledged the possibility Luongo might not be dealt this season. He also understands the Canucks need to give Luongo some games if they’re to highlight him for a trade, but is surprised by how many he’s had so far. Liut also praised Schneider for how well he’s handled this situation.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma noted the Florida Panthers, Luongo’s preferred trade destination, has struggled early this season, especially their goalie tandem of Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. Kuzma also pointed out Luongo’s strong performance has swung the pendulum in favor of GM Mike Gillis.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts report Washington Capitals GM George McPhee denied he had any talks with the Canucks regarding a goaltender. “We have not had one conversation about goaltending,” he said of Gillis. “And on TV they’re talking about what prospect I’m going to give up. Well, I could never take [Luongo’s] contract.”
TSN’S Bob McKenzie reported the following yesterday via Twitter: “Oh, yeah, for conspiracy theorists, WSH isn’t talking to VAN, has no plans to talk to VAN on any goalie. BTW, VAN isn’t trading Schneider.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the speculation of Roberto Luongo being dealt to the Capitals. As for the Panthers, their lack of scoring during their recent losing skid was their biggest problem. Yes, Theodore and Clemmensen struggled, but adding Luongo wouldn’t have bolstered their offense. The Panthers have since won two straight, and if they continue to improve they won’t have any reason to trade for a goalie.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson responded to a reader’s question regarding the possibility of the Oilers acquiring Jonathan Bernier from the LA Kings. Matheson doubts that could happen, suggesting the Toronto Maple Leafs stand a better chance of landing Bernier, though it appears the Kings aren’t in any hurry to move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there. Unless the Kings are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline, the earliest I see them shopping Bernier is this summer, when he’ll be a restricted free agent.