"Looking for two players, a prospect and a draft pick, NHL sources say Martin resisted offers from the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks at the deadline. Instead, the Panthers will make a concerted effort to try and sign Bouwmeester before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1."
- Bruce Garrioch
From The Fourth Period:
The Courier-Post claims the Panthers are asking for a package of right wing Joffrey Lupul and either defenseman Matt Carle or Braydon Coburn in exchange, but the Flyers do not appear entirely interested.
Well, that would fall in line with the "take back no salary" policy, eh? At least I'm happy that one side "isn't entirely interested".
Please...no Lupul. Didn't work in Anaheim, bombed out with the Oil, and he's been trade fodder for months in Philadelphia. There's a reason for this track record.
Florida's still smarting - PR-wise - from the Luongo-for-Berto debacle; anything less of a return than a first line center will be a failure publicly and inside the dressing room. And the chances of such a return becoming reality are extraordinarily slim being that Bouw's soon to be a UFA.
What kind of a message would this deal send to the players? Easy: management's quit on the year.
Also mentioned: Danny Briere. Forget him and his elephantine contract. Paul Holmgren can stew on that one.