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Report: Luongo requested trade

Apr 26, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo Getty Images

A couple of updates on the Roberto Luongo situation in Vancouver.

First off, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that the Canucks didn’t have to ask Luongo to waive his no-trade clause – the goalie asked to be moved during his exit meetings.

Kypreos didn’t specify why a trade was requested. Maybe Luongo wants a fresh start somewhere else. Maybe he wants to move closer to his family. Most likely he wants to move to a team where he’ll be the undisputed number one.

You can’t really blame him for that. Luongo is a starting NHL goalie. If the Canucks feel Cory Schneider is the better option, then that’s the way it is. No sense in sitting on the bench when you could be contributing somewhere else.

Secondly, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis went on Vancouver radio today and commented on the Luongo story.

“We’ve met but we decided we’re going to talk in a few days,” Gillis told TEAM 1040. “We’re going to take a deep breath.”

“I haven’t made up my mind about the goaltending. We need to step back and plan out what we’re going to do with this team.”

Assistant GM Laurence Gilman echoed that message.

“This is an important decision for our organization and the players involved,” he told ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun. “It is not going to be something we discuss publicly throughout the process.”

When a trade actually occurs is anyone’s guess. The draft is June 22 in Pittsburgh. Maybe then.

Related: Luongo is indeed making a list and Maple Leafs are on it

  1. geo91 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    About time the guy realizes he needs a new start somewhere

  2. swizzler16 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Kypreos is blowing smoke, this is all media hype.

    • DTF31 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Not out of the picture. Kypreos was the guy who personally guaranteed that his BFF Sundin wouldn’t sign with the Canucks ever

  3. chooch92 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Luongo is dillusional. He’s just another over rated goalie who bent the Canucks management over the desk for a big paycheck and now is running out of town. ZERO Stanley Cup Rings + ZERO Vezina Trophys + Big PayDay = OVER RATED!!!

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Pretty sure you misspelled “getting run out of town” with “running out of town”…

      You’re welcome, I hate typos too.

    • stoneegratz - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Disclaimer —- One Gold Medal

    • stoneegratz - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Disclaimer —- One Olympic Gold Medal

      • emperorzero - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        With the talent Canada puts on the ice he should have won a Gold Medal.

      • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        ..again, if you discredit Luongo’s Gold Medal because he was on a stacked team you have to discredit them all. You want to take it off his resume take it off of Keiths, Crosby’s, Iginla’s, Webers, Toews …ect.

        People like you tend to forget that Luongo was part of that stacked team, as in yet another great Canadian player that made that team great.

      • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        *except that he was one of the absolute most important parts of that team with the most pressure on him and he came through … huge.

      • thearabiangoat - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        emperorzero, with that logic Roy should have won in Nagano and Brodeur should have 3 gold medals (Salt Lake, Turin and Vancouver). How quickly everyone forgot the save Lu made against Slovakia in the dying seconds, without that they could have been playing for Bronze.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      You just described Breezy without the running out of town and gold medal.

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    is anyone surprised?

  5. dsd3 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Good for him. He deserves better anyway.

  6. phillyphever - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Yzerman, you’re on the clock.

    • dipthatchip - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      my first thought too, but he’ll be asking for so much money, not sure Yzerman will bite

      • phillyphever - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Money isn’t the issue. How much he has to give up to get Luongo is the problem (word is Malone might be one player going to Vancouver in a trade).

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        he’s under contract for years to come, and his deal was front loaded

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        2010-11 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2011-12 $6,716,000 $6,716,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2012-13 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2013-14 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2014-15 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2015-16 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2016-17 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2017-18 $6,714,000 $6,714,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2018-19 $3,382,000 $3,382,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2019-20 $1,618,000 $1,618,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2020-21 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 — $5,333,333
        2021-22 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 — $5,333,333

      • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM

        hello “bloggersarenotjournalists” …

        I tip my hat to you sir for this excellent presentation and analysis ! … yes, the numbers speak for themselves, irrespective of how the Luongo Lovers chose to slice it ! … but let me put this to you …

        Big Country Reeves = $65,000,000.00 for 6 years … gone after 2 years

        Roberto Luongo = $64,000,000,00 for 12 years … gone after 6 years

        weird eh ? … now I know that it’s preposterous to compare the two based on achievement and athletic ability … but isn’t this strange nonetheless ? … kinda makes one wonder just what’s in the water up here in Vancouver ? :)

  7. gatorgar - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Luongo would be welcome in Tampa Bay.

    • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      God bless you friend … he’s headed your way

  8. cardsandbluesforever - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    i can’t say i blame Luongo on this one. Vancouver has to be one of the most difficult cities to play hockey for in the NHL. as long as you’re winning everything is cool, but if you end up in a slump or just have a few rough games the fans show up with pitchforks and torches wanting your head on a silver platter.

    if i was Luongo i’d want out too.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Agreed. I’m a Canucks’ fan and I am constantly amazed (and sickened) at how my fellow “fans” are always so ready to jump on whichever Canuck for whatever.

      There is also a loud, vocal group that always pushes to the front as well. I’m not talking about the print media out here (bunch of gonzos for the most part) but people in the stands and on call-in talk radio shows, etc. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that fans at games are for the most part comatose most of the time so the few belligerent drunks who like to hear themselves holler and scream seem to heard all too easily. I should know; I have to sit amongst them.

      Canucks’ fans at games are pathetic, unless it’s fan at an away game on the road when they’re all jumping around and cheering. At home, we just sit there quiet and only make any noise after the Canucks score and are well ahead (or in Pavlovian response to that stupid “Make some noise” display on the jumbo screen) and are not loud throughout the game when it may be needed and which make the game more fun to be at.

      There. That feels better.

      • you4real - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. I’ve been in countless arguments with mouth-breathers over Lu in the past few years. He is an All-star goalie, tampa bay would be lucky to have him.

      • thearabiangoat - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        I’ve been a Canucks fan since I was knee high to a dog and I can tell you this is the most irritating fan base in the NHL. Know where else in the NHL will you find more ignorant, bandwagon jumping, know-it-all’s. It all stems from the media, they fear monger like you wouldn’t believe and get all the morons riled up (I’m looking right at Blake Price and Matt Sekeres). Name another future HOF’er that got pushed out of town because of a backup who played half a decent season? Can’t wait til they decide Ginger isn’t good enough for them and Eddy Lack is the flavor of the month.

  9. cfab44 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    If Luongo got traded to Tampa they would easily make the playoffs next year. Good match…

  10. leepetertk - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    A major part of the reason why he wants out is that Schneider is up and coming. If it was a rotation of backup goalies still, Raycroft, Sabourin, Sanford, etc… I think Luongo would want to come back and try again. He committed the years not too long ago.

    I don’t think the media/fan criticism is the reason he is requesting a trade. He takes that very well.

  11. prolibertate85 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Just putting this out there:
    I’m starting the Eddie Lack bandwagon and you are all free to climb aboard at any time.

    I know Vancouver has an infatuation with backups, so I just wanted to stake my claim first.

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Awesome … I’m with ya.

      We’ll be hipster hockey fans! (I was liking Eddie Lack before it was cool…)

  12. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    He mainly wants to disassociate himself from Ballard, Bieksa, Hamhuis, Rome, none of whom are anything but mediocre defenseman on a good night, and he wants to get away from the Burrows, Kesler gong show that remains a distraction to the the team, and an embarrassment to the game of hockey, though it can be said Burrows has cleaned it up somewhat whereas Kesler’s gone into over-dive…? Were the Canucks to lose those named including Luongo, then ban smart phones and bic lighters in the downtown core on game nights, they might redeem themselves…might!

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Maybe he was just getting tired of seeing “talent” like what the Calgary Flames trot out for their fans year after year and is hoping to get a more of a challenge, a little less time flyin in and out of your flat brown boring ass city, and a lot less time playing in front of cowbells ringing in an arena the shape of a Saddle …

      See what I did there, I just said a bunch of negative things about your team and city to try make a point …except no point was made, it just ends up being a bunch of negative crap.

      That’s pretty much what you sound like every time you try and make a point here.

      • thearabiangoat - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        What?!?! You were expecting someone hiding behind a computer screen to have a reasoned, well explained, mature argument? Blasphemy!!

  13. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Yessir: klitshy and the arabiangoat, representative of the woman’s point of view as it relates to hockey, have had their say. It is after all, their responsibility to attack commentator rather than comment in the fashion of women everywhere. Well done girls. As for Calgary being flat and the saddle dome being shaped like a saddle, I’d recommend you study a bit of geography or sit in an actual saddle you ill-informed buffoon…! There, how’s that for an insult, girly boy?

  14. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    As for negativity, I can’t recall anything more negative or damaging to hockey in Canada, or the country’s image on a global stage than the farce called hockey as it has evolved in Vancouver over the previous two years. The rioting post game and the boorish behavior of fans at Rogers Arena during the Cup presentation have left an impression on the hockey world that will take generations to forget. The diving and theatrics nurtured by Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis as supported by a fan base starved for any kind of success speaks to the character of the fair city of Vancouver of itself. None of that behavior would survive in Calgary or Alberta for longer than five minutes…you messed your own bed, now clean it up pissant!

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Ha ..

      I love how you criticize my tongue in cheek “insults” … with a barrage of sophmoric, sexist, and moronic insults to prove that I’m the kind of “girly boy”(not sure where that one comes from) that attacks a “commentator. (that’s a pretty flexible interpretation of the term if I’ve ever seen one)

      You’re the kind of guy you don’t have to even argue you, just gotta let ya speak and you’ll hang yourself.

      And yes you’re spot on, Vancouver being the only sports city in this country to riot (*coughMtlcough*) and the only fan base that had a few fans boo the eternally adored Gary Bettman is a mark that shall take generations to forget… you’re Prairie wisdom is just too much for this “girly boy” to take.

      • blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        Achtung Comrades Kitshky & Highcountrybear !

        Thank you friends for this entertaining exchange ! … you guys are both excellent writers and your views, though varying are very valid. But please cease with your hostilities and agree to just disagree, eh ? Anyway, I’ve a feeling that an Elvis video may be just the cure here for you guys … so please enjoy this “catchy” little number friends … and if you find yourselves starting to dance, then don’t blame me ! :)

      • thearabiangoat - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Lol the NHL averages just over 2 million viewers at the best of times and boo’ing Gary Bettman has set the league back like the murder of Trayvon Martin did to race relations in Florida.

        As for riots? You are right, Vancouver is the only city to ever riot after a sporting event!

        It is sad that city’s like Detroit, Las Vegas, Beuno’s Aires, Los Angelas, Montreal, Chicago and Cleveland never recovered either. Oh the humanity of it all!

        Maybe people would care about how the Flames acted if they were relevant, actually if Calgary as a city was relevant. Small town syndrome, it must really suck.

  15. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Not too bad glass hoppa, now you’re getting in the spirit…

  16. blomfeld - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM


    With all due respect, this photo of Luongo sure doesn’t do him any favors, eh ? Man, if I didn’t know any better, then I’d swear that this must be Lucifer himself ! :) In all seriousness, whether Luongo requested a trade first or the Canucks did, is now completely immaterial. He’s going to Tampa Bay like I predicted months ago and that’ll be that ! … or at least I thought it would. It dawned on me today when I heard Gillis yapping about “taking a step back” etc, that perhaps this isn’t a done deal after all ? I was thinking, what if Schneider says “screw you” to Gillis as well and refuses to sign long term ? … what then ? Gillis can’t trade Luongo until Schneider signs, Luongo is out the door anyway, yet there’s a possibility now perhaps that Schneider is starting to think about things. Could it be that the Canucks end up losing the both of them ? I personally doubt it, but this sure makes for some interesting times here !

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