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Final Thoughts Until?

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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Nathan's avatar

I can appreciate frustration about writing on the CBA stuff. All fans are frustrated. But it is the biggest and most important news from now till whenever the next season starts, regardless of what may happen with guys like Doan, Weber, and Semin. It’s got to be written about and discussed at length.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/18/12 at 12:08 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Always good stuff from Elliotte. Sucks to go weeks without his 30 thoughts.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/18/12 at 12:50 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Always good stuff from Elliotte. Sucks to go weeks without his 30 thoughts.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/18/12 at 11:50 AM ET

Seriously.  He’s one of a handful of people at best, that’s worth reading these days.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/18/12 at 04:40 PM ET

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