Canucks to Continue to ride Luongo, no Trade is imminent, Kesler Returns to Practice:
There is no goaltending controversy in Vancouver like many people think there is. Most people think that Luongo is playing to drive the price up for a potential trade. That is not the case, Alain Vigneault is playing the 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh hand here and going with the hot hand. Luongo has been playing well recently and the Canucks want to continue to use him.
Many probably saw tweets from Bob McKenzie of TSN that the Canucks management was at Verizon Center in Washington yesterday to catch the Penguins-Capitals game leading to speculation that Luongo could be in his way to the Capitals. However, there has not been any discussions whatsoever ot preliminary talks. Both Capitals goaltenders are currently struggling, but its expected that they will ride with Braden Holtby and Michael Neuvirth for this season. Plus, the Capitals to not have the assets to trade for Luongo.
Veteran Canucks center Ryan Kesler returned to practice with the team on Sunday. Kesler had offseason shoulder surgery and also has a wrist problem, There is no timetable for his return, but his Canucks teammates said it was a huge boost to have him back skating on his own. He has not been cleared for contact. Kelser is vital for the Canucks success this season since he is their #2 line center. David Booth is also expected back very soon.
Quebec City is favored for Phoenix Coyotes, Seattle reportedly #2.
Many of you know that prospective owner Greg Jamison failed to close the deal for the Phoenix Coyotes in time for the Thursday deadline. Now, the NHL has to consider secondary options and they do have many in play. Obviously, the first priority is to keep the team in Phoenix and Glendale, but they are open to relocation.
According to various reports, Quebec City is the favorite to land the Coyotes. However, Seattle is expected to make a hige push for the team or another NHL franchose in financial instability.