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 Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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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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