Kings continue to pursue Luongo
This is hardly new news, as it's been speculated all week that Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been in trade talks with the Florida Panthers for star netminder Roberto Luongo. Still, here it is confirmed in the Los Angeles Times from late last night:
The Kings are believed to be discussing a multi-player package, with forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown and goaltender Mathieu Garon among the names being discussed. Dean Lombardi, the Kings' general manager, declined to comment...Which is exactly the scenario I laid out a few days ago and exactly the scenario Keenan wants.
The Kings attempted to land the All-Star goaltender before the trading deadline last season, but the Panthers balked at all deals. Now they may be forced to make a deal since Luongo will be an unrestricted free agent after next season. The Panthers have received calls from a handful of teams and interest is expected to increase at the NHL draft in Vancouver this weekend.
That may lead to a bidding war, orchestrated by the high-profile Keenan.
Also in pursuit of Luongo — and not far behind the Kings — are the Vancouver Canucks, who have been rumoured to be offering Dan Cloutier and Todd Bertuzzi.