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NHL Rumors III: Goalie market, Kings, Sabres, Regehr, Riberio, Talbot, Scouting the Sharks-Ducks

From twitter unless noted otherwise

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: There are not many teams that are desperate for a goalie. James Reimer is proving he may be able to lead the Maple Leafs. At the moment there are more goalies available than teams that need goalies, but that could change in the summer. Custance estimates that there could be as many as eight teams looking for a goalie, maybe three or four more depending playoff performances. Things have gone quiet on the Roberto Luongo front, but teams are still calling about him and Cory Schneider. The Canucks may only get full value for Luongo in the summer, with full value being a player that would immediately help them and future piece or two. His $5.3 million cap hit is looking more reasonable, especially if a team can get 5 or 6 years out of him.Some teams who could be looking for a new goalie this offseason:

    Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Miller has one year left on his deal at a cap hit of $6.25 million. He can submit a list of teams he won’t accept a trade too. Some believe he wants out of Buffalo.

    Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes and Mike Smith are quietly trying to get a contract extension done before he become a UFA. The uncertainty of the Coyotes is making it hard to do any long-term deals.

    Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard will be a UFA after this season, and there is “no update” on contact talks.

    Minnesota Wild: GM Chuck Fletcher said in email that contract talks with Niklas Backstrom will wait until the offseason. How much is Backstrom worth? They have Josh Harding for the next two years at $1.9 million a season, as well as 22-year old Darcy Kuemper.

    Philadelphia Flyers: Ilya Bryzgalov hasn’t been the Flyers biggest problem. The idea of a compliance buyout will be considered. He’s signed through 2019-20. “That’s something a normal organization wouldn’t do,” one NHL source said. “But they’re not a normal organization.”

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Roberto Luongo on trade speculation: “I’m obviously not exactly sure what’s going to happen.”
  • Eklund: Source said that Roberto Luongo will the top player available at the deadline.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are inquiring about: Robyn Regehr, Drew Stafford, Ryane Clowe and Alex Tanguay.
  • The Fourth Period: Trade talks are picking up for the Sabres and Robyn Regehr. The Kings, Red Wings and Senators are looking to upgrade their blue line. The Sabres are said to be looking for a draft pick and a top prospect for Regehr. The Sabres are looking for a prospect who is close to NHL ready. The Kings and Sabres have been watching each other in the past few weeks. Regehr fits the bill of a stay-at-home, rugged defenseman that the Kings have been looking for. Reports are that they may have discussed including Drew Stafford in a deal.
  • Renaud LavoieMike Ribeiro rejected a three year offer from the Capitals, but he hopes to stay.
  • Mark LazerusMike Riberio and Derek Roy are the top center options, but the price might be too high for the Blackhawks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: There is lots of interest in Max Talbot, but the Flyers are saying he “not available.”
  • Kevin Kurz: Scouting the Sharks-Ducks game: No less than 13 teams at the game including the Flyers, Bruins, Islanders, Canadiens and Maple Leafs.


  1. hotwings

    March 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Another useless and nonsensical statement from Eklund.

  2. Mark Easson

    March 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Custance confirms that teams are calling about Luongo. The list of available players is shrinking.

    Schneider’s play of late makes it easier for the Canucks to move Luongo. If they can get a top-six plus a future, I think they have to do it now.

  3. hotwings

    March 28, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Eklund: “Source said that Roberto Luongo will the top player available at the deadline.”

    I’m not an Eklund fan. As any follower of his site will tell you, he has a historical (and ongoing) habit of saying things that make absolutely no sense.

    The above quote is another example of his penchant for useless hockey comments.

    I will explain why…

    He says ONE source said that Luongo will be the best player available at the deadline.

    Hmm, ok, why not name this source? The supposed source is just expressing an entirely subjective and general opinion, so why make it anonymous? Maybe because he has no source?

    If the source does not want to divulge his identity, then how is their comment relevant to anything and worth publishing?

    You get value from the statement, by knowing who it is. But in this case, it is meaningless since you do not know who said it and because of the general and subjective opinionated nature of the comment.

    Since Eklund decided to publish this anonymous and useless statement, you have to see Eklund for what he really is — And that is a perpetual time waster. He is like the National Enquirer, but written by a mental deficient 14 year old boy trapped inside of a middle aged man’s body.

    As followers to his site will attest to, he also has a history of making numerous and ongoing grammatical and spelling errors as well. He is a mental mess indeed.

    He has had over 30 million hits to his website, yet he cannot make the qualitative leap to improve his spelling and grammer beyond an 6th grade level?

    Look at the difference in statements from Eklund and Custance. Custance elaborates on the Luongo sitaution. Gives some facts. Some insights. Contrast this with Eklund and his clouded tweet occupied by generalities, non-specifics and radical subjectivity.

    Why would you need to quote a source if you can just state an opinion? It is like saying, “Source says that Pens are now favs to win the cup”. This is another example of his journalistic blither.

  4. D

    March 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    @hotwings, i have to agree completely. he’ll take random stuff he sees on forums (i.e. the new york islanders forum) and post them as fact – that actually happened about 6 years ago, its why i stopped goin to hockeybuzz

  5. Rex

    March 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry, but Eklund said something? EKLUND?!

    I’d bet money that his best (if not only) source is this website!

    I can’t believe I saw his name amidst people like Dreger and Friedman.