The trade rumors surrounding Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks have picked up again with a great deal of interest being reported from four clubs according to GM Dave Nonis.
A report on TSN.ca confirms that Nonis has been fielding calls for Luongo and that four clubs are in fact interested in his services. All that stands apart from a deal now is whether or not one of those teams will meet the asking price that is said to be a top-six center along with two other roster players.
“We’re talking to four teams with varying levels of activity and various proposals,” Gillis told TSN’s James Duthie (courtesy of TSN.ca).
The Cancuks beat writer for TSN, Farhan Lalji was told yesterday from Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman that the process was ”beyond the tire kicking stage” that coincides with what Gillis confirmed today that proposals have been exchanged at different levels.
It’s not yet said who the four teams are, but perhaps the worst kept secret in the NHL is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of them. Aside from that it’s difficult to predict which clubs might have an interest in Luongo. The Florida Panthers were said to be interested at the start of the season but trading for Luongo now doesn’t make much sense when a deal in the summer does.
This thought also coincides with what Gillis also had to say about potentially trading the man they call Bobby Lou when he told reporters that now might not be the right time to trade him, referring to a trade in the summer making more sense.
This is one rumor that is set to pick up in the next two days as we get set for what could be chaotic trade deadline. Stay tuned.