Bobby Ryan is singing a different tune about being traded, Roberto Luongo reiterates he hasn’t been asked for a list of trade destinations from the Canucks, and Shea Weber’s contract lacks a “no-trade” clause.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan has addressed the comments he made back in June when he vented his frustration against Ducks management for his name constantly appearing in trade rumors, maintaining his wants to remain with the Ducks.
Ryan called his earlier remarks “a mistake and a slip up on my part.” He and his agent said they’ve never requested a trade, which Ducks management confirmed. Ducks GM Bob Murray has said nothing on the subject, other than saying he’d like to meet with Ryan at some point to clear the air, though that hasn’t happened yet. Ryan did admit he still know where he stands in his relationship with management, but his agent believes at some point Murray and Ryan will meet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least we know Ryan hasn’t demanded a trade, but the fact he doesn’t know for certain where he stands with management will keep alive speculation Murray is shopping him, or at least is listening to offers. Until Murray states Ryan isn’t on the market, his name will continue to pop up in the rumor mill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Luongo is dealt prior to the September 15th expiry date of the current CBA.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper recently reported the offer sheet for Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been finalized into a contract, but it doesn’t contain a “no-movement” or “no-trade” clause. Because Weber signed an offer sheet, under current CBA rules he cannot be dealt for one year from the date he signed the deal, but after that date, the Predators can move him if they wish.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been suggested Weber could be dealt this season under a new CBA if the rules governing the movement of players signed to an offer sheet are changed. Because Weber signed his deal under the current CBA, it will be honored just like every other existing contract in the new CBA. It remains to be seen, however, what the ruling will be if, say, a lockout results in a new CBA not being signed until next August.
Regardless, a lack of a trade clause will likely keep Weber’s name floating around the rumor mill as next summer draws nearer, as there’s a school of thought suggesting the Preds might dump him after a year because his new contract is too expensive for them to carry for a long period of time.