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Vancouver May Want A Top Prospect From The Panthers For Luongo

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Nick Bjugstad is not Patrick White.

While the centres are first-round NHL draft picks and products of the heavily scrutinized University of Minnesota program, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Bjugstad is coming off a 25-goal sophomore season and it’s not surprising that the Vancouver Canucks have rumoured interest in the 20-year-old as a possible return from the Florida Panthers in a Roberto Luongo trade package.

The previous regime had that level of interest in the 2007 draft when White was a surprise 25th overall selection — one pick before the St. Louis Blues took David Perron — but he never played a game for the Canucks. White never had more than nine goals in his three college seasons, was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2009 and spent last season in the third division of the German Oberliga. It was a clear draft-day miss.

However, as much as scouts will tell you that Bjugstad is a can’t-miss prospect whose career is on fast forward, he’s rightfully returning for another season with the Golden Gophers. He has yet to complete a full NCAA season, battled a pair of injuries last season and his production dropped in the second half after 16 goals in his first 20 games.

continued plus some Doan destination talk too…

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Panthers don’t need to spend $6,714,000 per year in real cash for Luongo when Theo has been good and makes $1,500,000 and took the Panthers into the playoffs. Theo and Clemenson played more playoff games last season that Luongo and his Canucks and both teams faced the eventual conference champions. Panthers took Devils to double OT of game 7 and gave Devils a more difficult time than any team in the East. Panthers have a good goaltending prospect in Markstrom and don’t need now or in the future to be tied to Luongo’s long term high paid contract. The fact is Panthers made the playoffs last season after a decade of losing. It makes little sense to trade for an overpaid goaltender who has a poor playoff record when goaltending is good. It makes even less sense to give a good prospect for Luongo. Bottom line trading to Panthers is wishful thinking on the part of the Canucks and their fans. Unless Tallen suddenly decided to change his plan of drafting and bringing in his draft picks to go back to the 1970’s way of thinking when a southern city traded away theit top talent for old over paid players.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 08/01/12 at 11:09 AM ET

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Obviously Tallon is interested in adding Luongo to upgrade his goal-tending.  He doesn’t want to give up Bjugstad.  But thanks for the helpful summary, Puckbubba.

Posted by Callmejerry on 08/01/12 at 01:27 PM ET

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Im in MN but love the Florida program, Luongo is a bust and a complete waste of millions of dollars. Please stay in VAN, the wild players love shooting against him.

Posted by PuckPro from MN on 08/01/12 at 01:42 PM ET

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You are welcome Callmejerry but Luongo is not an upgrade and his contract is terrible. If Luongo is so good how come the backup played the last two playoff games? Nobody wants a guy that can’t play under pressure.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 08/01/12 at 08:01 PM ET

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