UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. — Roberto Luongo has been traded to the Florida Panthers.
Hockey commentators talked up the Canucks goaltender on Twitter Tuesday, linking him with possible moves to numerous teams:
With Clemmensen on waivers, does the chances of a Luongo trade to Florida go up?— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) March 4, 2014
As I tweeted (to disbelief of many) told VAN listening to offers on Luongo & told Caps interested. But wonder as well if Panthers are?— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) March 4, 2014
#canucks Luongo on dealing with latest rumours - "well its easy for me because I've been through it before."— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) March 4, 2014
Trade talks are heating up, but what will happen before deadline?
Kesler traded? Luongo traded? Edler traded? All 3? None? #Canucks— Kelcey Brade (@ctv_kelcey) March 4, 2014
Meanwhile, trade talk continues to swirl around defenceman Alexander Edler and centre Ryan Kesler, despite the latter shooting down a report that he wanted out of Vancouver.
Rumours are flying that the Philadelphia Flyers are after both players, though other teams appear interested in Kesler.
The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly asked the Canucks about acquiring Alex Edler in addition to Ryan Kesler. http://t.co/WWPudwjskE— theScore (@theScore) March 4, 2014
Per the legendary @benkuzma ... it looks like a battle of Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh and Philadelphia - for rights to trade for Kesler.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 4, 2014
Don't be surprised if Kesler ends up in CHI via a blind three way deal....... Lot going on behind scenes on this one!— Brian Lawton (@brianlawton9) March 4, 2014
While the Rangers' priority is obviously to resolve Callahan situation either way, am told they are also monitoring Ryan Kesler situation...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 4, 2014
Meanwhile, Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri is also figuring in trade talk, even after his team offered him a contract extension.
Cammalleri, who has a no-trade clause, has reportedly submitted a list of seven teams he would accept a trade to.
While those teams figure out what to do with their players, the Edmonton Oilers went ahead and offloaded netminder Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014. They also acquired Ducks netminder Viktor Fasth in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015.
Hockey journalists focused their attention on Bryzgalov and his "wild" behaviour in the wake of the trades.
"You know, I'm not afraid of anything. I'm afraid of bears. Bears in the forest." -- Ilya Bryzgalov, April 2012 pic.twitter.com/KHHMRjf69w— Anthracite Yones (@AnthraxJones) March 4, 2014
Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Now that's a perfect sentence.— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) March 4, 2014
Good call by the Wild. Lots of focus on their crease this season. Acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov will calm things down. He’s super low-key.— Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney) March 4, 2014
The Montreal Canadiens also figured in the trade frenzy, acquiring Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
Of course, no trade roundup would be complete without mentioning the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Thee team has not been featured prominently in trade rumours recently, as GM Dave Nonis told Sportsnet last week that he doesn't anticipate making any significant moves.
Nonis reportedly does not want to move goaltender James Reimer, who has played fewer games than Jonathan Bernier this season.
The Winnipeg Jets are also not expected to make major moves, though teams are reportedly interested in defencemen Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Stuart. Forwards Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi could end up as rental players for a team making a playoff push, The Globe and Mail reported.
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