Roberto Luongo has been involved in trade talks for a while now. Luongo’s monster contract has Canucks fans begging for him to leave, and with Cory Schneider arguably out-playing him, how can you blame them?
Luongo is owed $6,714,000 for the next five seasons, and then has another four seasons after that on his contract. The final four seasons, his pay is cut down, but his cap hit is still a hefty $5.33 million.
There has been much speculation about where Luongo could land, and the Canucks had even called the Leafs a few times on the day of the trade deadline trying to work something out, but the price was never right for Toronto. With Toronto out of the picture after they picked up Jonathan Bernier in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings Sunday, that leaves a few teams that are still searching for that number one goalie that they can count on.
The Florida Panthers have been open to bringing Luongo back to Florida once again. The New York Islanders have expressed interest in Luongo as well. The Phoenix Coyotes may bring him in to replace Mike Smith if no contract is done, and the Flyers, well… The Flyers have enough problems right now trying to deal with Ilya Bryzgalov‘s contract at hand. Or what about the Minnesota Wild? Niklas Backstrom is a free agent, and he is also 35 at the moment. The Wild have openly said they want to bring Backstrom back, but that doesn’t always mean it’s going to happen.
I think it comes down to the Islanders and the Panthers. I do believe Luongo will be moved by the end of the off-season, the only question remaining is, what sweater will he be putting on in October?
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