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Panthers reportedly reluctant to give up prospect Bjugstad for Luongo

Jul 30, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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According to USA Today’s Kevin Allen, the Florida Panthers’ refusal to part ways with prospect Nick Bjugstad is what’s holding up a trade with Vancouver for Roberto Luongo.

Bjugstad, 20, was drafted 19th overall in 2010, and when you consider he’s a 6-foot-5, 215-pound center that scored 42 points in 40 games last season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, you can understand Dale Tallon’s reluctance to send him to the Canucks.

The Panthers do have another talented center in the system – QMJHL star Jonathan Huberdeau, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft.

However, future depth at center isn’t something that any GM surrenders without a fight.

Related: Florida first-rounder Bjugstad headed back to school

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’d be hesitant as well… Specially since Florida really holds all the cards since its where Lou wants to be.

  2. erbaker67 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Maybe Im crazy, but the Panthers downfall wasnt their goaltending. Why give up your future for a goalie who is 33? Not saying Luongo cant be great but from what I hear and read, the Panthers Prospects are the cream of the crop.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    If this happens it will just add to the list of stupid decisions done over the summer.

  4. sergio408 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Canucks should be happy to receive 2nd rd pick & a conditional 3rd rd pick from the panthers…….this is a salary dump trade you shouldn’t expect a great value in return.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Definite salary dump, giving up Bjustad would be as foolish as Montreal giving up Ryan McDonagh a few years ago in the Scott Gomez salary dump.

  5. PUCKSandFILMS - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    The Florida Panthers are developing a franchise that starts with Dale Tallon and his drafting strategy. In one year he went out and drafted Jonathan Huberdeau, Quinton Howden and Nick Bjustad all in the first round. These are not playing he will be willing to give up for a 33 year old goaltender having trouble closing playoff games and a contract that can handcuff your franchise from making solid trades or signing quality free agents. I say its a NO-GO on Lou!

  6. PUCKSandFILMS - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Reblogged this on El Puckster.

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Howson maybe
    Tallon never

  8. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    a bag of pucks for Bobby Lou, and Gillis should be more than happy to get rid of his salary.
    Not worth more.

  9. bucrightoff - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Still think Luongo won’t get dealt until the middle of the season when Gillis can maybe find a desperate enough sucker. As is, if I was an opposing GM I wouldn’t offer them more than conditional draft picks.

    • desertfan - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      You nailed it- no rush for Nucks!!

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      I think you nailed it

  10. tfaltin - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    If the Panthers believe in Jacob Markstrom, then doing any deal with Vancouver for Luongo makes no sense. They’re not in a position to win next year, so what would the return on investment really be? If it involves a powerful future center, the answer has to be no.

    • desertfan - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Heard spec that Lou straight up for Markstrom!!!

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Hold on now
      If you can get Lou cheap, you have a team that made the playoffs last year.
      Play Lou for 2 seasons, then look to dump him cheap to the next year, by then Markstrom will be 24 years old and ready to play 50 games in a season.

      Makes a lot of sense if the compensation isn’t much. I doubt Tallon isn’t interested in dumping 50 games on his young goalie until he is 24 anyways.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Next team*

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      if you can make the playoffs you can win the cup. All it takes is some lucky match ups and a hot streak to win it all once your in. Just look at the kings.

  11. pone27 - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    No team should dip into their cream of the crop prospect pool for Luongo. Don’t care if he was the best goalie in the league last year, his age and salary combined kill his value.

    His value IMO: 2nd rounder, and a high cap hit 2nd line F or D.

  12. Charles - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Reblogged this on The Now and commented:
    The Panthers would be smart to say no.

  13. stakex - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    This is the same problem as we saw with the Rick Nash debakle.

    When there is a player that you HAVE to trade, you don’t get to make demands. You ask other teams what they are willing to give up, and you take what you can get just to be done with the situation. Thats not to say you have to take an awful deal, but your not going to get the true value of a player when everyone knows your being forced to trade him.

  14. elvispocomo - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    While I agree Florida’s top prospects won’t be parted with easily, a lot of people are undervaluing Luongo. He’s been statistically one of the best goalies in the league and when your up and coming star has as many knee surgeries as wins, it’s something to think about.

    Add to that the other teams in the Southwest have tried to improve and Florida wasn’t exactly a lock to make the playoffs last year until right at the end. Having a goalie that can win you games at least as consistently as your tandem from last year while allowing your young goalie to ease into play and develop is a bonus.

    The question is how much are you willing to part with to do so, especially when you already have Weiss, Goc, Huberdeau, Matthias, Grimaldi, etc available now or in the immediate future.

  15. sergeikremlin - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    There is no way Tallon will part with Bjugstad, Huberdeau, Howden, or Gudbranson, unless Vancouver adds a significant additional piece to the trade, along with Luongo.

    We’re looking at tier two prospects and players, guys like Sean Bergenheim, Tomas Kopecky, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, and James Wright. People are throwing around Kulikov’s name too, but I can’t see that as a fit for VAN.

    I believe one or more of the players mentioned, along with a mid-round pick would be the likely return for Luongo, and they should be happy with that, given the market.

    It’s not like a Nash or Doan situation where multiple teams are knocking down the door.

  16. mickboogy - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Gillis should take his time with this trade. Toronto’s goalie situation isn’t going anywhere, chicago could be risky, but if the realignment happens in 2014 it shouldnt bite van in the ass.

    This trade probably plays out early in the season as teams figure out if their goal is well kept. I’m hoping for Craig anderson to bust and Ottawa send their plethora of talent to Mike Gillis!

  17. purpleguy - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    If Bjugstad goes from my former college to the Canucks I’ll puke in my maroon and gold baseball cap.

  18. canuckteach - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    It irks me that Tallon has such depth in size and talent at Center, yet the Buds can’t acquire even a top-6 center via trade or free-agency. Speakin of the Buds, their weak goaltending situation is as persistent as the Luongo problem is for the Nucks. So, even if the Fla deal doesn’t fly, Gillis has a willing sadsack partner waiting in the wings.

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