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by Paul on 07/18/12 at 11:06 AM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• The endgame for Luongo? If it doesn’t happen with Florida, they’ll ask him for more destinations. Eventually, he’s going to have to play along, because he has “no-trade,” not “no-move” protection. But, there’s no real deadline now except for fan and media impatience.
• Have to believe that, yes, Toronto’s inquired about Jonathan Bernier. Brian Burke isn’t doing his job if he doesn’t. But there are doubts Burke is incredibly serious about him. Was he serious about Martin Brodeur? Yes. Is he more serious than he lets on about Luongo? Yes. Bernier doesn’t really fit Toronto’s stated criteria of a veteran in goal.
• Shea Weber: the Predators met with Weber this week. Ultimately, they’re going to have to say, “Look, we just went through this with Ryan Suter. We need an honest answer.” If the response is anything less than a near-immediate signature on a long-term contract, David Poile’s probably going to have to trade him—barring severe CBA changes. Even if the owners got no free agency for 10 years (as in last week’s proposal), Weber’s played seven. So three more seasons is a best-case scenario for Nashville without a renewed commitment.
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