Arnason Strolls, Biron Prepares to Sign & Roll, Luongo to Get His Scaroll
Today the Ottawa Senators’ John Muckler decided not to qualify centre/forward Tyler Arnason, whom they traded for from the Chicago Blackhawks at the March ’06 trade deadline for Brandon Bochenski and a pick. Muckler made the decision based on the fact that he could use monies that would have otherwise been offered to Arnason via the qualifying offer, to acquire more usefull talent during the UFA period set to take place on July 1st. In hindsight, this was a terrible trade for the Sens who pretty much gave up on a player like Bochenski who was showing some upside and potential.
In Buffalo goalie Martin Biron has been tendered a qualifying offer from Regier and the Sabres. It is expected that Biron will accept the qualifier in hopes that Regier will deal the disgruntled goalie relatively soon. Biron has stated he loves Buffalo and the time spent there but that he also wants and has the desire to play as a starter. Regier has stated that he will do his best accomodate Biron and his agent Gilles Lupien. The qualifying offer is reported to be worth 2.1 million dollars and given the past season that Biron had, he has to decided to accept this offer, most likely, knowing full well it may be a little above his value at the present time. Expect a trade within the next couple of weeks, as Regier would like to add a backup goalie with some experience and may use Biron to draw atleast that if not more.
And last but not least goalie Roberto Luongo, today was issued his qualifying offer which is believed to be worth 3.2 million dollars from the Vancouver Canucks. Both the Canucks organization and Luongo and his agent Gilles Lupien are planning to meet next week in Montreal to discuss the possiblility of a more long term deal in the realm of 4 to 5 years. It is unknown at this time what type of reaction Luongo and Lupien will have to that idea, but Nonis should have a better idea of where Luongo’s head is at at that time. Lupien also took the time today to toss a few pot shots in the direction of the Florida Panthers and Mike Keenan.