NHL Rumors: Latest on Roberto Luongo, Jason Pominville and More
There have already been a number of major trades in the NHL, but the action will not stop until the trade deadline passes.
Tuesday's big moves included Jaromir Jagr going to the Boston Bruins (via ESPN's Pierre LeBrun), Derek Roy being shipped to the Vancouver Canucks (via Brian Stubits of CBS Sports), and the New York Rangers acquiring Ryane Clowe (via David Pollack of the Silicon Valley Mercury News).
However, there are still a lot of potential trades being negotiated right up until the deadline. Here are the latest rumors from around the league.
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
This season is not going according to plan for the Buffalo Sabres. As a result, the team is forced to considering trading away team captain Jason Pominville.
The wing has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, and according John Vogl of the Buffalo News, he has supplied his team with a list of eight teams he does not want to be traded to.
While Pominville did not hear any specifics about being moved, he seemed accepting of the situation when he spoke to the media:
I understand the business of things. I understand Darcy has a job to do, and he’s trying to do his best to do what’s best for the team and the franchise. By no means does it mean I’m gone or stuff like that. I think it’s just part of the process.
The veteran has 23 points on the year and certainly still has value for any potential contender. Those teams should simply hope that they are not on this list.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Although the Vancouver Canucks added center Derek Roy to make a difference on the offensive end, it will have an impact on negotiations dealing with Roberto Luongo.
Sean Gentille of the Sporting News reports that a potential deal that would send the goaltender to the Toronto Maple Leafs for center Tyler Bozak is no longer necessary.
TSN's Darren Dreger agreed, saying that Toronto might now have to look to acquire Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames.
Roy deal to Van may change Van's positional needs for Luongo.Toronto may circle back before moving on Kiprusoff. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013
Luongo has become expendable based on the play of the younger Cory Schneider in net. However, the Canucks must make sure not to give up a talented veteran like Luongo without getting plenty in return.
Mark Streit, New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are making a push for their first playoff berth since the 2006-07 season. That alone should make the team want to hold on to every talented player it has.
However, defenseman Mark Streit became the subject of trade rumors when Darren Dreger reported that he will not sign an extension to keep him around next season:
Mark Streit is unlikely to agree to extension with NYI.Isles may keep him for playoff race, but unless there's change, Streit will be a UFA.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013
Still, Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple of Newsday states that it is "highly unlikely" that Streit will be traded:
Local rivals New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are holding onto a playoff spot for the moment, but these teams likely would have felt more comfortable if the Islanders started trading away key pieces.
Unfortunately, it appears that the team will stay intact for the time being.
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