Don Cherry scoffs at “Luongo-to-Toronto” rumors, Cory Schneider and Devon Dubnyk offer their opinions on the current stage of NHL CBA talks, and more.
TORONTO SUN: Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry doesn’t believe Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo would waive his “no-trade” clause to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, suggesting Luongo would face the same pressure as he does in Vancouver. Cherry feels Luongo would prefer to go to Florida, as that’s where his wife is from.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Excellent points by Cherry. Luongo would certainly face considerable pressure if he joined the Maple Leafs, but he’d also face it in hockey hotbeds like Chicago and Edmonton, where he’s also been linked in trade rumors. Luongo would certainly prefer to be dealt back to the Florida Panthers (he admitted as much this summer), but recent reports suggest the Panthers are out of the equation. If the Leafs are his only option, Luongo might not have much choice if he wants to move on from the Canucks.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goaltender and player rep Cory Schneider believes the NHL CBA negotiations are entering a crucial stage. Schneider also feels it would be better if more NHL owners took part in the negotiations, rather than a few wealthy ones.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk is “cautiously optimistic” this weekend’s talks between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA counsel Steve Fehr could push stalled CBA talks forward.
OTTAWA SUN: A charity game in Cornwall, Ontario involving locked out NHL players, including some Ottawa Senators, drew 4,600 fans and raised $96,000.
LA PRESSE: Locked out NHL players Maxime Talbot and Bruno Gervais have brought their Players Tour of Quebec to an end. The tour played nine games and raised over $402K for charity. The end of this tour, however, is not an indication the NHL lockout is coming to an end.