The Roberto Luongo saga may finally be drawing to a close. Reports out of the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday said that Canucks GM, Mike Gillis has confirmed that a possible deal is in place, according to TSN.ca.
Gillis wouldn’t reveal which team it is but did offer that the other party had to make some moves before pulling the trigger on the Luongo deal.
We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have — and it’s not who anybody thinks it is — and so we have to wait. (But) we’ve been offered packages that don’t fit what our plan is, what we need,” – courtesy of TSN.ca
Trading Luongo has long been the topic of discussion surrounding the Canucks and without question has been a distraction to the team to start the year. The Canucks recently lost their second game in a row to start the season on Sunday to the Edmonton Oilers by a 3-2, shootout decision.
Moving the veteran netminder has been challenging for Gillis given Luongo’s hefty salary that will see the receiving team with a cap hit of $5.3MM annually for the next nine years after this one.
Gillis has stood firm on his desire to receive nothing short of a talent loaded package in return for Bobby Lou and admits that several teams have made offers, but didn’t include a player who could bring instant value to the Canucks lineup.
The former 4th overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft has lost the number one job in Vancouver to former backup, Cory Schneider despite going 31-14-8 with a 2.41 GAA and a .919 save percentage last season. But it was the playoffs where Luongo struggled the most, the time of year that is most critical to defining one’s career.
Luongo does have a full, no-trade clause meaning he can veto any deal the Canucks have in place. Last May after the Canucks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round by the LA Kings, Luongo went on record and confirmed he would waive his no-trade option.
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