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One Vancouver paper is picking out places to trade Roberto Luongo

Apr 24, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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Cam Tucker of the Vancouver Sun has gone ahead and preemptively scouted out new locations for Roberto Luongo and given that impending RFA Cory Schneider was the guy coach Alain Vigneault chose to pull his team out of a 2-0 series hole, this sort of piece was inevitable.

Tucker’s picks on where to send Luongo and the remaining 10 years of his contract stand out pretty easily.

—- Tampa Bay: The Lightning are in need of a starting goalie and have the draft picks and cap space to pull off a potential deal. One guy they forgot to leave out, however, was Vincent Lecavalier and his monster deal already being on their books until 2020.

—- Florida:  Tucker points out the history Florida and Vancouver have done in the past making deals. He also forgets that goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom is waiting for his chance to seize the starting job probably starting next season.

—- Toronto: It wouldn’t be a juicy rumor without the Maple Leafs involved. The Leafs need a genuine No. 1 goalie and Luongo would fit the bill. Considering how bad Luongo had it in Vancouver, are we sure Brian Burke would want him and his CBA-dodging deal? It doesn’t seem likely.

—- New Jersey: Curious call here as Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg won’t be around forever. Tucker does do due diligence here noting that the Devils have to give up a first round pick for their Ilya Kovalchuk contract mess yet, but it’s doubtful Lou Lamoriello makes a move like this when he’s got Zach Parise‘s contract to figure out in the offseason.

  1. martysbetter - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    No thanks, rather take my chances on whatever else is out there than be stuck with a choke artist for 10 years.

    Schneider on the other hand..

  2. tmoore4075 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Parise will be in Detroit so Lou won’t need to worry about that. 😉

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Parise’s dad, former Minnesota North Star and still lives in the Twin Cities came out and said Zach would love to play for Minnesota. Giving he (Zach) just bought a house in the Twin Cities and the fact the Wild have arguably the best prospects coming in the next 2 seasons and they have enough cap room to sign BOTH Parise AND Suter…

      • tmoore4075 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Wings have the cap space for both of them too but they also have something else what’s it called? Oh a winning tradition.

      • hagigun - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Another person from MN way too wrapped up in “Hometown Heroes” to give an honest take. They MAY have a chance at Parise, but please stop with the Suter and Parise talk. It just won’t happen. Too many other teams vying for their services and most with better squads and a more solid outlook that is tangible and not built on prospects “Hopes” for an improved squad.

        Lots of teams have the cap room to sign them both. It means nothing.

        Hey, I love the Wild, but keep it real bud.

      • buckeye044 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        if both of them go to the same place it will be Detroit, not Minny

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        These just aren’t mid level prospects they are bringing up. Mikael Grandlund will be a superstar. He’s making ridiculous plays against NHL caliber players at the World Championships. YouTube his name.

        Charlie Coyle will be an all-star perinally. Him and his team Zack Phillips each had 24 points in 6 playoff games.

        There are others too that will make this team in a year or two. Not only is this team going to get younger an more talented. Besides this, the Wild won’t be a 1 year free agent spender. Next year they have another 12 million coming off the books, another 15 million the year after that. They are built to be a Cup contender for the next few years. Detroit on the other hand is finally starting to decline.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    So is every Canucks’ fan haha. If don’t show up when the games starting meaning something, it’s tough to defend that player.

  4. pastabelly - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    The Canucks may have to eat some of Luongo’s salary. He still is an overpaid head case who lost his job to a backup and played like crap in the Finals.

    • tmoore4075 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      They can’t eat any salary. Not allowed under the current CBA.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        When a new CBA is negotiated there’s a chance teams will be allowed to eat salary. Then we could possibly see both Luongo and Lecavalier on the move.

        I know Vinny isn’t what he once was but he’s still a big 20-goal-scoring centre, it’s not like the Canucks couldn’t use that for depth.

      • tmoore4075 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        You are right there it could be in the new CBA. I wouldn’t be confident on it since the NHL will want teams to have to deal with their contracts and not be able to get out of parts of them. Just my feeling based off how the last CBA was put together. I have no evidence to support that.

  5. govtminion - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Hmmm… none of those really strike me as landing places for Luongo, to be honest. Huge cap hit for many years for a goalie who has proven he’s flakier than a croissant… unless the Canucks promise a lot with him like paying part of the salary or throwing in other assets for basically free, I’m not really sure anyone will take him. Even Columbus is smarter than that… I think.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Canucks and Wild both fell into the trap of over paying goalies. It’s been proven you can win without an expensive goalie.

  6. lonespeed - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    From an outside observer, who doesn’t really care about any team in the west, a Luongo trade would benefit both parties. For all the hate Luongo endures, he’s a very good goalie and a fresh start with another franchise will likely pay big dividends.

    Meanwhile, the Canucks have a very good alternative and they probably could get a decent trade in return. The Canucks don’t really have many holes. Naming Schneider the guy and then getting a very promising prospect in return wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  7. ron05342 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Typical arrogant ignorant Vancouver Canuck sportswriter thinking some team out there is going to give more than they receive just because its the “Canucks.”

    What a pill.

    • balewsquare - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Plus there’s not a good case made for any of these teams.

    • salmon90 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      He does not name one player that the Canucks might expect to get in return. It’s a article merely pointing out the challenges the Canucks will have if they decide to trade Luongo based on his long-term contract and the fact Luongo holds the cards. I understand the anti-Canuck thing is all the rage but use your brain a little bit….or at least read the article. Now it’s time for you to go into the Marchand diving forum and talk about how that’s such a ‘Canuck’ thing to do’.

  8. rca26 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    If the Canucks think they can get anything of value in return for a lifetime supply of Luongo overpayment, then I have a bridge to trade to them.

    But yeah, keep suggesting Tampa Bay wants him for some reason.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Why wouldn’t Tampa want him? He would face a fraction of the criticism he’s faced in Vancouver there and he’d be a major upgrade over Roloson.

      • rca26 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Luongo to Tampa makes sense in a vacuum, but this trade is much more about the contract than the player. Tampa is already bogged down by some troubling deals signed by the last regime (Lecavalier, Ohlund) and I can’t imagine why they’d want to pay for 10 years of a goalie who probably has 5 left.

        I can’t imagine why anyone would, as a matter of fact, but maybe Burke feels like he needs a big splash to save his job or something. But Yzerman hasn’t been one to deal in desperation, so I say he passes.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        True, but if the new CBA allows teams to eat salary that changes the dynamic of this deal. I’m not quite familiar with the terms of Luongo’s contract but isn’t it front-loaded?

        I think adding Luongo could make the Lightening into a legit contender. We know Luongo is a headcase when he makes the playoffs with the Canucks but we don’t know how he would react to the same situation in a market that wouldn’t scrutinize his every save.

  9. bigtganks - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Why not Ottawa? Definitely an upgrade to Craig Anderson.

  10. blomfeld - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    It’s either Tampa Bay or Florida … end of story !

    as for this business of what they’ll get in return ? … well on the surface it won’t be much … perhaps a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick, packaged with some journeyman 3rd liner to “sex” up the deal ? … regardless, that’s completely immaterial as far as the Canucks are concerned … their goal is simply to get him and his fat contract off their books as soon as possible … Luongo today is like sovereign Greek debt which nobody wants to buy … it is going to be difficult to get either of the Florida teams to take him, but in the end I’m convinced they will … in fact, I could see the Canucks offering several additional several players themselves as an “incentive” for someone like Tampa Bay just to take him … no tears from me though, as when it’s all said and done, they’ll have removed close to a $50 million liability from their balance sheet …

  11. jimw81 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Prime example why a Canadian team will never win another cup. The media too tough on their teams. They are way more tougher on there teams than philly media is on flyers goaltenders. let’s throwing in the caps as a dark horse.

    • kitshky - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I couldnt possibly disagree with you more!

      Unless by being “too tough” you mean they expect perfection and absolutely nothing else … then ya I’m with ya.

  12. blast126 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I think Maple Leafs are the team that needs more a player like Luongo, because they miss play-offs due their weak defense.
    The question is can they afford his salary and what can Maple Leafs offer to Canucks??
    Maybe draft picks and Kadri, he is a good prospect.

  13. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Of those 4 teams, Tampa makes the most sense, but Brian Burke is the most likely to blow his load over the chance to make a trade for a “star”. If I had to bet, I’d say the Leafs will go get him, and never have a 1st round pick in a draft again.

  14. highlander24 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    How about the Pee-Wee’s? Oh wait he’s not good enough for them either haha.

  15. jkaflagg - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    The Canucks cannot keep both Schneider and Luongo next year; the players know Schneider is the better player, and it would be tough for Luongo to play backup. Given that other teams know that the Canucks need to dump Luongo, I can’t see anyone giving up a lot for him; just taking the contract off their hands should be enough….

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