Updates on Roberto Luongo, Matt Carle, Jonathan Bernier, Mark Streit, Jason Garrison, Jiri Hudler and Paul Gaustad.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Florida Panthers are believed still interested in Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Citing TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, the report notes dialogue between the Panthers and Canucks continues. As for the Maple Leafs, it appears their interest isn’t as strong, while the Panthers are considered “front-runners”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Canucks want a good young player as part of the return, while the Panthers want the Canucks to take back some salary in return.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports Matt Carle could test the UFA market, despite ongoing negotiations with the Flyers. His agent maintains Carle remains interested in remaining with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Up until this week it seemed a certainty Carle would re-sign on July 1. One has to wonder if the Wideman contract had any influence on this situation.
CBS SPORTS: Brian Stubits cited “tweets” from TrueHockey.com’s Andy Strickland claiming Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier has asked to be dealt, and the Kings had told him they’d move him once a deal with Jonathan Quick was finalized. Quick will re-sign a new multi-year deal with the Kings on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word so far from the LA media on this, hopefully there’ll be more information soon.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reported of rumors linking the Oilers to NY Islanders defenseman Mark Streit. The Oilers new head coach, Ralph Krueger, used to coach Streit on the Swiss National team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if the Islanders part with Streit, since they acquired Lubomir Visnovsky to add more experienced depth to their defense. Trading Streit would only put them back where they were before the Visnovsky deal.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison would love to join the Canucks, but the White Rock, BC, native might be too expensive to sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if the Panthers might be trying to deal Garrison’s rights to the Canucks.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports, barring a late breakthrough in negotiations, Detroit Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Paul Gaustad’s agent said his client will test the UFA market, but is definitely considering the Predators offer to re-sign.