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Canucks coach confirms Luongo wants out of Vancouver

May 24, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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Apologies for all the Canucks news today, but we can’t skip this story:

Vancouver coach Alain “Turnip Truck” Vigneault has reportedly confirmed goalie Roberto Luongo wants to be traded.

As per QMI Agency, Vigneault shared the news Wednesday with French-language TVA Sports.

“This is what [Luongo] wants now,” he said. “And what we must do is (make the best decision) for our organization.”

Assuming nothing was lost in translation, we can officially start speculating where Luongo will end up.

We probably shouldn’t count Tampa Bay out, despite what Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said this morning.

But if we absolutely had to pick a favorite right now…

Toronto?

Yes, the Maple Leafs would be taking a risk given Luongo’s substantial contract and the perception among some (not everyone) that his best days are behind him.

However, offset the risk for general manager Brian Burke of missing the playoffs for the fifth straight time on his watch with the risk of acquiring a goalie that’s been consistently among the best in the NHL, and, well, what would you do if you were Burke? You’d at least have to consider it, no?

When a GM knows his job is on the line (and it is for Burke), he’s far more likely to roll the dice. Case in point, Dean Lombardi. The Kings’ GM knew he was in trouble if his team didn’t make the playoffs, so he went out and got Jeff Carter, a guy that was deemed untradable by many. (I still remember you, yettyskills.)

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

  1. babar61 - May 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Ok Burkie, two 1st round picks and jake Gardner please:)

  2. acieu - May 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Bye.

  3. tarotsujimoto74 - May 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Why would he want to go to Toronto? They’d be even harder on him than they are in Vancouver.

  4. tonyricemajorharris - May 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Choke artist. Way to sit out against the Bruins this regular season. You only face them once in the reg season…..and you took the night off???? Speaks volumes of who you are. That Robert is why nobody will pump your tires

  5. lordfletcher - May 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    call me crazy but it makes sense for him to end up in Columbus. Columbus is on the rise and if they can get a good package for Nash, they could be playoff bound in 1-3 years. All depends on how well their #2 pick does (cough – Murray or Grigorenko) and what they get in return for Nash….

    As for the trade, Vancouver should give him away. No one wants that contract and the price shouldn’t be high when the team and Lou wants out.

  6. jason9696 - May 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Good for Luongo.

    I can’t believe how some of the loser Canucks fans treated him over the years. I’d want out too.

    • stakex - May 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Perhaps some of the fans have been unfair to him…however he has earned a lot of the grief as well. When your paid as much as he is your expected to win, especially in big games. Last year he showed when it matters most, he folds his tent and goes home. Then he followed that up with a simply horrible performance this spring.

      The Canucks (who I don’t like I should add) have had some good teams over the last few years, and the argument could be made they should have won at least one cup in that time. Yet they haven’t, and I don’t think its unfair to point to Luongo as one of the main reasons. Hes looked great for most of that time, but again…. not when it has mattered most.

      Perhaps Luongo will have better success somewhere else, but its hard to imagine him finding himself with a better team in front of him then hes had (all the top teams have top tier goalies already). If he couldn’t deliver a Cup with the Canucks, I don’t see it happening anywhere else.

  7. taytay099 - May 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Suck it, yettyskills.

  8. capsfan19 - May 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    This off-season is going to be wild, not to mention could see a re-shaping of the divions?? Holy ballz

  9. nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Devils picked him up. Marty is probaly done after this season and Hedberg is 39 himself.

    • sheapuck - May 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      I would be, unless they have already made big changes to the salary cap that I don;t know about. Devils are up against it as it is not to mention having to try and resign Parise during the offseason in that mix.

      • nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Parise isn’t resigning in Jersey. His dad pretty much outright said that he wants to be wearing blue next year. Plus you gotta figure Elias is done after this year, that frees up a ton of cap money.

    • govtminion - May 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Unless the Devils hold the Cup up in a few weeks, I’d expect Brodeur to come back next year- up to the Devils whether they want him, but the way he’s played I would be surprised if he said ‘no more’. He still has gas in the tank.

      Again, whether New Jersey brings him back or not is unknown, and he might retire rather than have to play for another team, but the outcry from Devils fans for not bringing back Brodeur in favor of bringing in Luongo would be pretty deafening, one would think.

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