The Panthers would be smart to say no.
According to USA Today’s Kevin Allen, the Florida Panthers’ refusal to part ways with prospect Nick Bjugstad is what’s holding up a trade with Vancouver for Roberto Luongo.
Bjugstad, 20, was drafted 19th overall in 2010, and when you consider he’s a 6-foot-5, 215-pound center that scored 42 points in 40 games last season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, you can understand Dale Tallon’s reluctance to send him to the Canucks.
The Panthers do have another talented center in the system – QMJHL star Jonathan Huberdeau, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft.
However, future depth at center isn’t something that any GM surrenders without a fight.