Raccoon wrote:My biggest concern about Bjugstad was that he'd pull a Schultz . Thanks to the poster who detailed why that's not possible.
But there's nothing stopping Bjustad from playing two more years of college hockey and the become a UFA.
Raccoon wrote:I'm a bit surprised we're not talking about Gudbranson. He's the guy Friedman confirmed was Gillis's target on trade deadline. We also know Gillis goes after the same targets for a long time - Weise, Gragnani are examples. This Bjgustad 'rumor' stemmed from a USA Today writer - I'm not sure how he can get info that Kuzma, Botchford and all the other Vancouver media writers couldn't. There have been virtually no leaks with this whole situation. The only lapses have come from Luongo himself. There was a time when GM's were getting peeved cause they didn't even know the asking price. The general public still doesn't know the asking price, yet we're supposed to believe this USA today writer knows names? I wouldn't be surprised that Gudbranson is the target.
I think the idea is that Gudbranson is not a possibility.
As for the USA Today writer, the paper might suck, but the writer is Kevin Allen, and he's been a hockey writer for a very long time. He definitely has sources and is pretty credible. I've read his articles in the past and he seems pretty in touch with the Red Wings and Florida based teams so I wouldn't be surprised if Kevin Allen had better sources in regards to the Panthers than Friedman, Kuzma, and Botchford. With that belief, Gillis has stayed pretty quiet as far as Luongo trade discussions go and Tallon is probably much more willing to talk so that's likely one reason we've been getting very little information from local writers.