Report(s): Roberto Luongo Asks For A Trade

Jonathan Willis
April 26 2012 08:19AM

We knew that Roberto Luongo’s comments yesterday about being willing to waive his no-trade clause were of interest, and were bound to help feed speculation this summer. What we didn’t know was that he’d actually requested a trade.

To be fair, we don’t have official confirmation on that last point from the player or the organization. But at this point, it sounds all but confirmed.

Greg Wyshynski has a nice re-cap of what we (supposedly) know over at Puck Daddy, a re-cap I'll summarize here:

  • Luongo asked for a trade before being asked
  • A list of potential destinations will be provided next week
  • Toronto and Tampa Bay will both be on it
  • Luongo's wife lives in Florida
  • A Luongo trade to Toronto, one way or the other, would be a never-ending story for Vancouver

The last two points are the ones I'm going to focus in on. 

First, if Luongo is going to supply a list of potential destinations, than the Canucks can treat all those destinations as relatively equal; Luongo might have a preference to go to Florida, but if he's willing to accept a trade to the North Pole the Canucks can trade him to the North Pole without worrying about which team on his list he *really* wants to go to.

Second, if Toronto offers the most for Luongo, I don't doubt that Gillis moves him there.  Yes, from a media standpoint it could hurt the general manager, but then the Cody Hodgson trade could have hurt the general manager and he did that anyway.  A G.M. like Gillis does what he thinks is best for the team, regardless of media fallout.  Toronto has a number of attractive roster options and they're out East, so it's conceivable that they make the most sense as a destination.

The real question is what kind of return Luongo would garner.

Some observers think that he'll be worth a lot; others feel that the return isn't likely to be much at all.  I fall somewhere in the middle.  I don't expect Vancouver to land a high-end player in exchange; instead I expect they'd have to take back some salary along with one or two good young players/picks.

There's another option here too, though: one imagines that Luongo might be just fine in Vancouver if he doesn't have to compete with Cory Schneider for the starting job.  In other words, while I tend to agree with the consensus wisdom that the Canucks will deal Luongo, Mike Gillis may still have the option of moving Schneider in the off-season if the return is better and holding on to Luongo.

We'll certainly continue to speculate on what Luongo might garner in return until such time as he's actually dealt - and things are bound to heat up once we have a better idea of potential destinations.  For the moment, though, it's enough to know that Luongo is pushing for a way out.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 bergberg
April 26 2012, 08:24AM
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This makes me sad face. :(

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#2 Shredder
April 26 2012, 04:37PM
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The Canucks are damned if they do, damned if they don't...so trade him and get what you can...he's a good player with a bad contract - about the same value as a bad player with a good contract...what would really suck is if you're a player on the Canucks who has to get traded away with Bobby Lou to get the right return - what happens if your name is Mason Raymond...?

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#3 semi moronic
April 27 2012, 12:35PM
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This is what I love about Canuck fans...

Here they are, leaders of the regular season for the second time in a row, and talk of trading away their franchise goalie is at a high after being booted out of the playoffs...

...and no one cares. Only 3 postings on the issue.

Way to go the Canucks!!!

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#4 Merf
May 03 2012, 07:51PM
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Sad news tonight.....reports are coming out that Luongo tried to commit suicide this morning ......he jumped in front of a train..........ya, the train went between his legs. Another great canuck that should be selling cars.

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