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Maybe Roberto Luongo doesn’t get traded by the Vancouver Canucks after all?

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Getty ImagesThere are a few common perceptions about Roberto Luongo that the goaltender and the Vancouver Canucks want to re-frame as misconceptions.

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs destined to trade for Luongo, as has been rumored since last year? Perhaps. But Canucks GM Mike Gillis tells ESPN.com that an expedited trade isn’t a necessity:

“He’s an All-Star goalie,” veteran Canucks GM Mike Gillis told ESPN.com Monday. “It’s a completely media-driven notion that we have to do this quickly and it’s going to be a terrible situation [if Luongo starts the season in Vancouver]. It wasn’t a terrible situation last year and it won’t be this year if he’s here.”

Which brings us to another alleged micsonception: That Luongo, fueled by pride and frustrated by the Canucks’ decision to make Cory Schneider their starter, would want out of Vancouver to a destination of his choosing as fast as possible.

Nah. Lou’s cool riding the pine in Vancouver.

The netminder told Renaud Lavoie of RDS (translated), and drew on his Olympic experience as an inspiration:

“I have the same ‘mindset’ that at the Vancouver Olympics. I was number two behind Martin Brodeur at the start of the tournament and I wanted to have fun. This is the same approach now. There are 5 or 6 years, I would not have approached things the same way. But it’s no use sulking. “

It’s no use sulking is true, but is willing to reconsider its decision and do not prompt transaction, if it passes this season with the Canucks? “No. I’m willing to stay here this season because it will be short. But I do not want to stay here long term.”

Oh, OK … wait, what?

No hasty trade to the Leafs? No short sell to the Florida Panthers? The chance that Luongo could actually spend the season in Vancouver?

As Cam Charron wrote on Canucks Army:

The importance of having two goaltenders is understated. In the event the Canucks rid themselves of one, they’ll be without a capable backup which kills you in the 82-game season. In the 48-game season, the schedule is tailored for Luongo’s strengths, or the way he’s been trending over his last 286 games of action. Is that enough of a sample size to make the decision to keep Luongo for an extra season? My take is yes, and, if he’s starting again, it again drives up the price. There’s no reason right now for the Canucks to move Luongo, as Mike Gillis said, for “any reason other than to improve this hockey club”.

Two thoughts:

1. Let’s all remember that leverage is a thing that a trading team very much likes to have. It’s the reason potential suitors suddenly appear on the radar (cough, Flyers). It’s the reason disgruntled goalies suddenly become a bit harder to pry from their teams because they’re sooooo happy to be second fiddle.

2. Interesting example, that Olympic one. You know, that time when Roberto Luongo was passed over for a starting job, and then took over that job when the starter faltered, and then was between the pipes when his team advanced to win a championship in Vancouver …

Phil Kessel’s future; Mark Fistric traded to Oilers; Ryan O’Reilly update (Puck Headlines)

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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Yahoo! Sports Canada is working with cartoonist Wes Tyrell. Expect to see some his evil genius from time to time on PD.

• Brian Burke has been fired. Should Phil Kessel follow him out the door? [Globe & Mail]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs’ new slogan is “Burn The Boats.” Which is an improvement from their previous slogan “Stop Torching our Goalies.” [TSN]

• Why Roberto Luongo should be the Vancouver Canucks’ starting goalie this season. [Canucks Army]

• The great Jay Pandolfo is trying to make the cut for the Boston Bruins. If not, it could be the end of his career. [CSNNE]

• The Edmonton Oilers snag Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars for a third-round pick. Jonathan Willis: “Obviously, Fistric was not acquired for his offense. He does, however, add some much needed NHL experience to a blue line that was already thin before the loss of Andy Sutton to injury.” [Cult of Hockey]

• Joe Nieuwendyk on the Mark Fistric trade: “As you know, these are never easy decisions, but I feel comfortable where are kids are at and it’s not just the two (Jordie Benn and Brenden Dillon) we have here in camp. I think there’s (Jamie) Oleksiak and (Patrik) Nemeth, too. That factors into it.” [Dallas Stars Insider]

• Is Ilya Kovalchuk still the next captain of the New Jersey Devils? [Pucks and Pitchforks]

• Tomas Holmstrom is gone, so expect to see copious amounts of the Mule in front of opposing goalies. [MLive]

• Just so we’re all clear: Talks haven’t broken off between the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly. [Mike Chambers]

• Jim Vandermeer signs with the Vancouver Canucks. [Province]

• As does Cam Barker. [Sun]

• Mark Scheifele tries to make the Winnipeg Jets, and an impact on the Calder race. [Times Colonist]

• Pierre LeBrun on the KHL and its Olympic gambit: “The world’s greatest hockey tournament is coming to his country next February and he will want the best players in the world to be there. Oh, sure, I believe the likes of Ovechkin, Kovalchuk and Datsyuk would risk NHL suspension and try to play in Sochi even if the NHL isn’t there. But would Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise do the same? No way. They’re only going if the NHL and NHLPA have signed off on it. I can’t imagine Russia would feel that proud about winning Olympic gold without the other countries having their top players in the tournament.” [ESPN]

• A few NHL teams are scrimmaging their AHL counterparts this week, including the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins. [Malik]

• … as might the Minnesota Wild vs. the Houston Aeros. Plus, the NJ Devils are scrimmaging the Albany Devils on Wednesday. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Won’t someone please give Chris Campoli a job? [Sportsnet]

• Finally, the San Francisco Bulls are quickly becoming one of our favorite minor league teams.

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: PK Subban saga; John Shannon of Sportsnet; Wysh at Flyers camp

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It’s a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we’re talking about the following and more:

Special Guest Star: John Shannon of Sportsnet sits in the co-pilot chair, as Wyshynski calls in from Philadelphia Flyers camp.

Michael Del Zotto signs; PK Subban is still waiting for his contract.

• The end of Scott Gomez with the Montreal Canadiens.

• The glory of the truncated preseason.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite thing about NHL training camps?

Tweet your answers with the hashtag #MvsW to @jeffmarek.

Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above! Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

Lubomir Visnovsky’s Islanders self-exile continues, as he travels with his KHL team

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Getty ImagesLubomir Visnovsky is a member of the New York Islanders, even if he doesn’t want to be one.

He tried to block the Summer 2012 deal from the Anaheim Ducks to Brooklyn-to-be, and failed. Now, the defenseman is trying to remain in KHL despite the NHL lockout ending, defying the League, the Islanders and international hockey rules in the process.

From Katie Strang of ESPN NY:

Visnovsky issued a statement through Sheehy last week expressing his desire to remain in Europe. The Islanders can suspend Visnovsky for failing to report.

The KHL and NHL have an agreement that all players with NHL contracts are obligated to return to the NHL once the lockout is lifted. Visnovsky’s case might be the first legitimate test of the sincerity of the agreement.

“The KHL has repeatedly said that they will not permit him to play, so I guess we will have to see what happens,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said when reached via email.

The latest twist: According to Sports.ru reporter Igor Eronko, Visnovsky told his KHL team Slovan’s website that he intends to reach an agreement with the Islanders to remain in the KHL and believes there is no agreement between the KHL and the NHL so he could technically play for Slovan. If you believes these two statements are slightly contradictory, that’s because they are.

Visnovsky is traveling with Slovan on Monday, as the team’s Facebook page had images of him on the team bus.

This Islanders aren’t expected to grant him permission to play there; the next step would be to suspend Visnovsky, a subject GM Garth Snow danced around on Sunday.

Taking him off the cap due to suspension would bring the Islanders down to around $45.37 million against the cap, with the floor established at $44 million this season.

The bigger issue: The Islanders, like, need a defenseman like Lubomir Visnovsky on their blue line in a big, big way.

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