The latest on Roberto Luongo and Zach Parise, plus an update on the Dallas Stars.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Barry Rozner dismissed the notion of the Chicago Blackhawks having interest in, let alone acquiring, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Rozner considers the rumors “absurd”, considering Luongo “a horribly overpaid netminder” who “performs horribly” in the most important situations and chokes under playoff pressure, and claims Luongo is a “national joke” in Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Overly harsh? Sadly, no. Rozner’s assessment of Luongo at this point in his career is spot-on, and I agree with his take that the rumor of the Blackhawks acquiring Luongo are absurd.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils captain and pending UFA Zach Parise declined to discuss his contract status, other than to say his agents are continuing to talk with Devils management.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise has said his preference is to re-sign with the Devils, and hasn’t rule out returning to them even if he becomes a UFA.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, during a live chat with his readers on Tuesday, believes if the Stars were to pursue a big name UFA this summer, they would overpay for Zach Parise, but not for Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. He also feels the club would want a young center in return for Steve Ott. He also feels Buffalo’s Derek Roy would be a consideration as a trade target, and believes Colorado’s Paul Statsny could be had.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind, Heika was only offering his opinion regarding Parise and Suter and wasn’t stating the Stars intended plans. The Stars could be a “dark horse” in this summer’s UFA market, as their new ownership has suggested his club could be active this summer.