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After a lull, the trade market might start to pick up

Jul 14, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Feel like things have been quiet on the trade front lately? It’s not just you. According to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that the discussions going on between teams are “not as frantic as 10 days ago.”

Given that big names like Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, and Roberto Luongo are still theoretically on the market, shouldn’t the trade talks be picking up instead of dying down?

“We’ve had discussions but a lot of teams are doing camps like we are. Teams across the league are focusing on this,” Bowman said. “This is an important event for us and we’re dedicating a lot of time on it. There are still discussions, but it’s not like it was probably 10 days ago.”

With the prospects camps coming to a close, the focus will probably shift back to the trade market.

Chicago in particular might be in on the talks for Luongo, although Bowman hasn’t tipped his hand in the past and that’s not likely to change.

  1. trbowman - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Bowman should be after Luongo hard. The Blackhawks will continue to be held back by their sieve in net (although they also don’t have enough depth either) if they don’t make a move for a netminder.

    Luongo is actually underrated, if you ask me. He’s played at a high level in an extremely high pressure environment for years.

    • blomfeld - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM


      Friend … no doubt you’re a Luongo lover and therefore you’re excused … after all, love is often no different than putting a “paper bag over your head” when it comes to the truth. The fact is that today Luongo “may” be counted among the top 15 goalies in the league. The problem however is that in 2 years time, he won’t even be ranked in the top 30. This fool is headed back to Florida “as per instructed” by the person who “wears the pants” in his family. So like the Toronto angle, this Chicago thing is “cute” no doubt … but it simply ain’t gonna happen ! If the Blackhawks had any brains, then they should being going after Bernier like there was no tomorrow !

    • Bliss Fortress - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Hmmm. Crawford’s playoff stats over last 3 years: 91% Save Percentage and 2.39 GAA. Ray Emery’s stats: 90.3 Save Percentage and 2.57 GAA. Bobby Lou’s: 90% Save Percentage and GAA of 3.12 – Bobby Lou makes more than double Crawford & Emery and is under contract until the sun burns out. Not sure why anyone willing & able to pull off more than just one layer of the onion thinks that it would be wise to give up assets to acquire something less effective and more expensive than what they already have. Only Mike Milbury would be dumb enough to do this deal.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        apparently I’m not the only one around here with eyes and brains ? :) … the fact is that Luongo as a player is “grossly” over-rated and he’s “scandalously” over-paid … but that in itself isn’t such a problem for me, as the jerk footing the bills is a “bonafide” POS himself !… what irks me however, is that “decent & loyal” Canuck fans (ie: those living at least 40 kms from Rogers Arena) have been forced to endure this garbage …

      • ray2013 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:47 AM

        Disagree with the term? Yes, indeed. But his cap hit is $5.33 million a year. The $7 million/year cap hit has already been broken. Even RFA goalie contracts for goalies like Devan Dubnyk, who has never seen a final team standing above 29th place, are receiving $3.5 million dollar/year contracts.

        You may not like him or other players making this kind of scratch, but with a salary cap jumping from $56 million to $70+ million in just a few years. If this keeps up, he’s going to be making backup money before he retires. If Luongo is overpaid, they’re all overpaid (except rookies, they’re fine).

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      By trading for Vancouver’s backup goalie?

      If he’s going to overreact to Crawford’s season, it should be to get bigger on D, especially if the league is returning to Dead Puck land. That or make a blockbuster deal for a goalie the Blackhawks haven’t seen with their own eyes crumble when it counts many times before.

  2. ryan02190 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    @HockeyyInsiderr says “Source: The ‪#Bruins‬ have made a major offer jumping in the Bobby Ryan sweeps. Discussing deal involving Krejci++. ‪#NHLDucks‬”

    • mathieug79 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      yeah and he’s never right, so who cares what he says, this guy is eklund 2.0

  3. flyeredup - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Couterier and Schenn for Bobby Ryan please

    • Bliss Fortress - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      Wow, that offer is the same as saying here my friend, how ’bout I give you Boardwalk and Marvin Gardens for St. James place and a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card. If Holmgren did that he’d be fired by the Philly faithful and Clueless Murray would actually be able to convincingly say that he finally ‘won’ a trade.

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Hockey insider is not real, it’s a guy who creates trades he think will work. He is no different than you or I. He also said the flyers offered 2 deals 1 of voracek and mez, the other of read and coburn but with a first round pick for Ryan. Both those deals are highly overpaying for Ryan, no way that happened or homer would have been fired.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      You can pretty much dismiss as b.s any “rumors” involving trading a top 4 Flyers defenseman where they are NOT getting a top four defenseman in return. Look at the roster. Also, the guys who wants to trade Couts must not have had cable this last season…..

  5. broadstbully33 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    @flyerdup…are u crazy or just stupid…i wouldnt trade either one of them straight up for ryan….those with G are the future. i would love to have ryan but not for them

    • sizzle299 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      I would do Schenn straight-up, if only for the reason that he should’ve slugged Crosby when he had the chance…..

  6. themajorleagueblog - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    I don’t expect anything Rick Nash related in the month of July. Bobby Ryan could be traded for Krejci, I’m doubtful that will happen. Luongo could go to Chicago, but a part of me thinks it’s not going to happen this offseason

  7. cowboyscanada - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Luongo really isnt that good, lots of hype for nothing.

  8. flyeredup - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    @broadstreet: Schenn is a loser. After seeing Kovalchuk destroy him, he doesn’t fit the mold of a Flyer. I would rather have Ryan than a punching bag named Braydon.

  9. broadstbully33 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    so he gets hit once and hes a punching bag? what about all the hits he throw at pit ir throwing crosby to the ice? open your eyes….strength down the middle is key and we have 3 great centers with really bright read voracek and a 1st before either of those kids. im glad homer doesnt think like you. schenn or coots wont be moved unless anhiem puts up something more than ryan

  10. jpat2424 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Canucks can keep him. Don’t bring anywhere close to Chicago.

  11. stanleycup2012 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Blomfeld, you are “blind” in your passion for not liking the Canucks! $5.3m per year compared to other goalie contracts? He would make many teams better (i.e. Toronto in playoffs; Florida goes further). He is not easy to like re personality, but part of that is the Canucks fault when they made him captain. Terrible decision to make goalie a captain, especially in a city that is very hard on goalies over the years. He should go to Toronto (they would make playoffs and save Burke his job), but likely he ends up a Panther.

    • kitshky - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Yep, Blomfelds getting closer and closer to “habsman” territory. Every comment is the same rhetoric fueled from little more than blind hatred for the team and man.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        “fueled from little more than blind hatred for the team and man” …

        @kitshky – That’s partially true, as not only do I despise Luongo, but even worse, I absolutely loathe what he represents … selfishness ! But as far as the team is concerned, there you’re wrong. I watch the Canucks more than any other team, even more than my own beloved LA Kings, which is owing no doubt to the fact that I live here. Nonetheless, this team has some terrific players and personalities on it, not least of which are the Sedins, Bieksa, Burrows and Schneider. What Luongo has done to the team however, is quite simply “unacceptable” … nobody signs a record-breaking 64 million dollar contract and then walks out on the team like a “petulant” child only two years later ! … and therefore I will not let up in my crusade against this parasite, until the day he’s “officially” out the door !

    • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      “it doesn’t matter what team I’m playing for, just as long as “I” win the cup” …

      @stanleycup2012 – those were the words of your hero on Hockey Night in Canada, almost two years before he became captain of the team …

      • kitshky - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        Ok now you’ve completely lost it.

        Even the most ardent Luongo hater has acknowledged how well he’s handled this Schnieder situation. Whether people like you want to believe it or not, it’s quite clear that Luongo is a strong and popular member of that locker room. (To take that comment about a desire to win a Cup and spin it like that is just further evidence that you’ll take anything to paint him as negative)

        What really confuses me about your comment though… is where and when did Luongo walk out on his team!? We’re talking about a man who signed a 12 year contract with a No Trade Clause,that’s some pretty heavy commitment to a team and city. You’ve clearly missed this whole “let’s all ask Luongo to waive his NTC” party that’s been going on all year…

        He’s only recently came out to say he’d be open to being traded … because everyone’s already asked him to leave. The only ones who’ve turned their back on anyone in this city is the fans. As always.

  12. blomfeld - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    – how well he’s handled this Schnieder situation …
    – Luongo is a strong and popular member of that locker room …
    – when did Luongo walk out on his team ? …

    @Kitshky – Whatever it is you do for a day job, please take comfort in the fact that you’ll always have the option of working as a “stand-up comedian” should things ever go awry ! :) Like, just what in the hell are you talking about by saying “he’s handled the Schneider situation well” ? Here in Vancouver on our Team 1040 radio , we’ve heard nothing but Bobby Loo go “on and on” about the fact that he’s “a team guy and that it doesn’t matter who’s playing in goal, just as long as “we” win” etc … well apparently as it turns out, that only applied when “he” was the designated starter … the minute things turned otherwise, this 64 million dollar parasite is off to Florida ! … yeah, that’s quite the team guy, eh ? Get a hold of yourself man and see things for what they truly are !


    • kitshky - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      What in the world are you talking about? I live in Vancouver, I listen to the Team, I’ve heard Luongo say all the right things all year long.

      He. is. being. asked. to. waive. his. NTC.

      The team has chosen Schnieder over him, he hasn’t abandoned anything. He’s being run out of town, not the other way around. Go ahead and dislike the guy but before you start spouting off please do us all a favour and get some perspective man.

      • blomfeld - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        No … he was not run out of town … he was simply “replaced” as the starter for the balance of the series, after two successive losses … in response to that, he cleared out his apartment in a “petulant manner” the week following the series … I can’t say it any clearer friend … Luongo is a “self-serving” parasite and the Canucks should be counting their lucky stars that they’re about to be free of him !

      • kitshky - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        So again … no facts to back up your opinion, and no real statements except the same tired insults. There’s no talking to you about the topic because you clearly have no desire to actually have a discussion about it as much as you just want to cut down the man and diminish anything he’s accomplished.

        I give you facts … you give me name calling.

        And for the record, when you replace your starter and ask him to waive his NTC so you can move him… that’s running him out of town.

      • blomfeld - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        Friend, then we’ll have to agree to just disagree. I don’t like Luongo one bit, never did pretty much from the day he got here. Yet apparently you do ? And so praise be to that. Please note however, that never “once” have I ever hurled insulting words at you. My spears have been aimed solely at Luongo and no one else. At any rate, please enjoy this excellent number by the King and Go Canuck Go ! … :)

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