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The Panthers aren’t going to pay a lot for Roberto Luongo

Jun 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Panthers GM Dale Tallon spoke with reporters in Pittsburgh and says while he’ll be listening to the Canucks about Roberto Luongo, he’s not going to give up the farm to get him.

Tallon tells George Richards of The Miami Herald he won’t surrender any top prospects to get the 33-year-old goalie. The Panthers and Canucks have done business often in the past including the deal that sent Luongo to Vancouver back in 2006.

Florida has one of the better bank of prospects in the NHL and with Canucks GM Mike Gillis looking to score big on a deal, he’d want to have his choice of players to pick from. Gillis tells Jason Botchford that he’s the guy getting in the way of any deal involving Luongo.

“It hasn’t been close for me. I am the problem.”

At least he owns it. That said, the chances of Luongo returning to South Florida seem to be higher than they were even a week ago with Tampa Bay and Columbus making moves for goalies since then. The Panthers could wind up being Luongo’s salvation out of Vancouver after all.

  1. kitshky - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I have a hard time believing anything a GM says this time of year…

  2. bladesofsteal - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    There’s a reason Florida won’t give up anything to get him, and it’s because they’ve got a young goalie they like in Markstrom. But Vancouver reporters are clueless, so they keep thinking that Florida is desperate to get him.

  3. firemarshal1 - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    If I was the Florida Panthers, I would only offer a ham sandwich for Loungo in a trade. He’s not wanted in Vancouver anymore. Maybe a four round pick in 2013 Draft. Vancouver should take it and run with it before Tallon would change his mind.

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