Roberto Luongo considers the Florida Panthers his preferred trade destination, a report links Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle to the Boston Bruins, and updates on Shane Doan and P.K. Subban.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov interviewed Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo at the Florida Panthers training facility yesterday. Luongo cited personal reasons why the Florida Panthers would be a preferred destination if he were to be traded, though he also said he wasn’t ruling out other options.
“Luongo, 33, has been linked to the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, both with glaring needs for an elite goalie. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon has repeatedly said he’s content with his current goalie trio, that includes (Jose) Theodore, Scott Clemmensen and promising Swede Jacob Markstrom. However, Tallon hasn’t ruled out adding Luongo if the price is right and doesn’t include a promising prospect like Quinton Howden or Jonathan Huberdeau.”
Neither Theodore or Clemmensen were concerned by the trade rumors.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford wondered how long Luongo will linger with the Canucks, also noting the veteran netminder has been linked to the Panthers, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Columbus Blue Jackets in this summer’s rumor mill.
OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch reported via Twitter: “Believe Florida’s last offer was two players more likely for buyout.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the seemingly deteriorating NHL CBA negotiations, it’s unlikely Luongo will be moved before the September 15th expiration of the current CBA.
CSNNE.COM: Danny Picard reported a source close to Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle claimed the blueliner,who’s a Boston native, would love to play for the Bruins. Picard suggests Bruins center David Krejci, who carries a cap hit equal to Yandle’s $5.25 million per season, might be a logical trade fit.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney admitted re-signing team captain Shane Doan remains a challenge. He also admitted going the trade route to improve his club remains a viable option, once a new CBA is implemented. Other than re-signing Doan, Maloney doesn’t foresee any additional UFA signings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Picard does his report a disservice by also citing an anonymous Twitter rumormonger , whose track record for accuracy and credibility leaves much to be desired. Yandle might love to play for the Bruins, but that doesn’t mean he’s stumping for a trade, or that he’s even available. Maloney – who entertained offers for the blueliner during the entry draft weekend – has since reconsidered, claiming the blueliner remains a key piece of the Coyotes going forward. As for Doan, it depends on if prospective buyer Greg Jamison can purchase the club prior to the expiration of this CBA on September 15th.
MONTREAL GAZETTE’s Dave Stubbs yesterday reported the following on Twitter regarding PK Subban: “Told this morning there’s nothing new on contract talks b/w #Habs & @PKSubban1. P.K.’s still smiling – so that’s nothing new, either.”