Player notes involving: Luongo rumors, Selanne, Thomas, O’Reilly, Kesler, Lack, Moore and Holmstrom … Datsyuk shootout goal


  • TSN Video link: Roberto Luongo talks about the Lockout and possibility of being traded. Bob McKenzie said there is not a deal in place to trade Roberto Loungo to the Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are interested. It could take Tyler Bozak, a pick and player for the Leafs to get Luongo. Luongo may not want to go to Toronto. The Leafs will explorer other options as well. Jonathan Bernier could be available. Pang mentions that the Panthers would be interested, budget may be a concern. (If someone from TSN reads this, please enable the ‘embed’ option on your videos.)
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks will continue to look at trading Luongo. The Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Panthers and Oilers had been rumored to be interested before the lockout. It’s believed that the Canucks are reluctant to trade him to the Oilers or Blackhawks. Maple Leaf players that have been mentioned as possibly being included in some sort of package are: Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Tim Connolly, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Komisarek, Cody Franson, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Biggs. Luongo’s preference has been to play in Florida, but the Panthers haven’t been willing to part with what the Canucks want in return.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Teemu Selanne said he hasn’t decided on whether this will be his last year and only worried “here and there” about his NHL career being over because of the lockout. Selanne: ”Either way, I would be a happy camper. But obviously, of course, you always want to play your last game.”
  • Toronto Sun: Bob McKenzie tweeted yesterday that Tim Thomas still doesn’t plan on playing this year: ”As of now, subject to usual ‘could change mind later’ qualifiers, Tim Thomas is not interested in ending his self-imposed hockey exile.” McKenzie added that Thomas has no intention of fulfilling the final year of his 4 year, $20 million deal. The Bruins will be on the hook for his $5 million cap hit as he signed his contract after he was 35.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Avalanche are not able to negotiate with Ryan O’Reilly yet. Ratification from the league is needed before teams can negotiate.
  • TSN: There is still no timetable for Canucks Ryan Kesler to return.

    “Our goal for Ryan is that he’s able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months,” Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt said. “We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page.”

  • Dan Murphy via twitter: Canucks Eddie Lack is still out with a groin injury he suffered on November 27th. He is expected to meet with Canucks doctors soon.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman John Moore had been out with a concussion. He has been cleared to resume skating and could be ready for the start of the season.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement soon. He has already told the Wings, but they did not want to announce it during the lockout.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Though not official, it may be unlikely that the Penguins invite any junior players to camp as there are no jobs open for them.
  • Pavel Datsyuk amazing shootout goal.
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  1. #1 by arvinder at January 7th, 2013

    hey man… just want to thank you for publishing info the entire time. if it were me i would have stopped somewhere on day 2 of the lockout.

  2. #2 by Mark Easson at January 7th, 2013

    No problem.

    Was painful at times, but if I had stopped, people may have stopped coming.

    I think I only missed one day, Christmas.

  3. #3 by tiedummy at January 7th, 2013

    please stop wasting time with posts like 4th period that Cannucks will take 4th rate players with big contracts from leafs,,you could not give away most of them even if you sent enough cash to cover their idiotic burkey contracts…oh yes I forgot /burkey is the pope of good contracts and can pass judgement on how NEW JERSEY spends money on a star,not sometbing the leafs have

  4. #4 by Bobandy at January 7th, 2013

    Tiedummy- Please stop wasting time thinking the Canucks are going to get much for Luongo. I think he’s a really good goalie, but there isn’t much of a market for a 31 year old goalie with 10 years left on his contract. He’s hockey’s version of Alex Rodriguez, except that in this case the Nucks have the chance to get that awful contract off of their books, if they get anything in return it will be a bonus.

  5. #5 by tiedummy at January 8th, 2013

    I am sure the cannuck fans are wanting Kommiissarek/connely ay 8.5
    Van would rather get nothing from leafs..just take the comtract..dont send toronto garbage west

  6. #6 by hotwings at January 8th, 2013

    from what i read, the two names that are in the mix from the leafs standpoint, are bozak and kadri. bozak has a bargain contract and looks like someone who will be a steady 3rd line centre for another 8 years or so… kadri is still on an entry level… how are these idiotic contracts? aside from komi, there is really no idiotic contract on the leafs books at this point.

  7. #7 by tiedummy at January 8th, 2013

    from what you read?????? really and you believe what you read..I read that Fla sends Weiss and prospect/ unlike toronto they do have prospects that other teams want…why would van want Khadri when Toromto cant find him a spot//and Bozak to replace Cody Hodgson???? it will take a kessel or lupul to do a deal…with Bozak for Cody and bobbyloo

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