The latest on Roberto Luongo, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Dave Bolland.
QMI AGENCY (VIA TORONTO SUN): Louis-Andre Lariviere reports Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed goaltender Roberto Luongo has requested a trade. It’s expected Luongo’s fate could be decided this summer when he and the team would have more time to arrange an amicable solution.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman admitted he’d look to the trade market for a number one goaltender, but said his preference is to find a younger goaltender, citing as an example Semyon Varlamov, 24, whom the Colorado Avalanche acquired last summer from the Washington Capitals. That could take the Lightning out of the bidding for Luongo. Damian Cristodero of the Times suggested Kings backup Jonathan Bernier and Predators backup Anders Lindback are two young goalies with upside.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Yzerman can’t find a young goalie via the trade market in terms of a young goalie, he could give consideration toward Luongo, but his recent comments certainly suggest he doesn’t wish to go in that direction.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa believes New Jersey’s Zach Parise and Nashville’s Ryan Suter would be perfect fits with the Red Wings, who are among the few teams which could afford to sign both.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Sid Hartman notes the Minnesota Wild are excited about signing prospect Mikael Granlund, but he’ll look better if they can also sign Zach Parise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise and Suter would be perfect fits on any NHL team. The Wings are indeed among the few which could afford to sign both, but it’s easier said than done. The Devils might still re-sign Parise, or he could decide to return home to Minnesota. Suter could be happy to stay put in Nashville, or maybe he might decide Philadelphia or Dallas are better options. The Wings have the aura of success working in their favor, but that doesn’t guarantee they’ll land both.
ESPN.COM: Jesse Rogers suggests third line center Dave Bolland as a trade candidate, believing he could fetch a solid return to help the Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether the Blackhawks believe the same thing remains to be seen.