NHL Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz Around the League
Roberto Luongo’s name won’t leave the NHL rumor mill until the league’s April 3 trade deadline passes.
He’s not the only name currently being discussed, though, as team executives are working the phones to fill cap space, improve their roster and, as a result, improve their team’s chances for a playoff run in this shortened 2013 season.
We’ll take a quick look below at three names currently being discussed for potential trades.
New York Islanders Making Some Moves?
Islanders center Marty Reasoner has fallen out of favor, losing his fourth-line spot to rookie Casey Cizkas. That has led to the team shopping him around the league, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
…but there likely won't be many takers, given Reasoner's struggles since he signed a two-year, $2.7-million deal with the Isles before last season.
Reasoner has one goal and six assists in 71 total games with a minus-30 rating in his Isles tenure. He has won 52.8 percent of his faceoffs (354-316) in his season-plus here, so that's something to offer a new team.
The more likely option: The Isles will place Reasoner on waivers if they need to call up a forward sometime this season.
The veteran 35-year-old may be too pricey for teams looking to add depth this season. Staple’s take is more than like accurate, that Reasoner will find himself on waivers and waiting for a phone call as the season progresses.
Roberto Luongo Update
Many around the league believe Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis won’t deal goalie Roberto Luongo before this year’s trade deadline, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
This update further adds to previous sentiments that Gillis is in no hurry to deal his prized netminder unless the right deal comes along.
Luongo’s excellent play this season sure hasn’t made it any easier for teams to strike a deal to land the goalie. Gillis will likely have no problems keeping both Cory Schneider and Luongo into the offseason unless he can get what he feels market value is for the 33-year-old Montreal native.
Jay Bouwmeester on the Trade Block
Garrioch also confirmed that Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is up for grabs, but isn’t sure anyone would be willing to take on his $6.8 million salary next season.
Bouwmeester has netted three goals and accounted for four assists in 13 of the Calgary Flames’ 14 games this season.
His performance in Calgary has certainly been a far cry from his prime in Florida where he had three 40-point seasons in four years. He has yet to break 30 points with the Flames in over three seasons with the team.
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