Roberto Luongo has been on the outs with the Vancouver Canucks for quite some time now. He has been on the trading block for the past few months, and the Canucks are more than willing to trade their starting goaltender, but they will do so on their watch and for their price. Luongo is not expected to finish out the length of his 10 year contract in Vancouver, and the netminder is making his feelings clear as to where he would like them to send him.
Back to Florida.
Luongo is hoping for a return to sender type of deal that would send him back to the Panthers. He says it is an easy call.
“[Florida] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,” said Luongo, who still has 10 years remaining on his contract. “This is a preferred location for obvious reasons, but I’m not shutting the door on other possibilities.”
Luongo still lives in South Florida during the offseason. He has many ties there, and still holds multiple records with the Panthers’ organization. Perhaps he is right. It does make sense.
Of course, that will play absolutely no part in when the Canucks trade Luongo, or if they even move him at all. They have reportedly been asking for a king’s ransom in return for Luongo, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have also been involved in trade talks with the Canucks for Luongo.
Florida does not appear willing to cave into Vancouver’s demands and, with the two goalies they have already in Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen, trading too much for Luongo would simply not make sense. He would not be a big enough upgrade over their incumbent goalies to justify making such a move.
But if the Canucks do back off their asking price, or if we ever get a new collective bargaining agreement with a lower salary cap or no floor number, Vancouver may decide that they will accept less in return for trading Luongo.
Still, that does not mean that a deal to Florida will take place.