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Report: Luongo won’t accept deal to Chicago or Toronto, only Florida

Jun 25, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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Roberto Luongo has been drawing all sorts of trade interest this summer, especially from Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs, but if reports are to be believed, he doesn’t have any interest in going to Toronto.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch tweets this morning that, according to his sources, Luongo has declined to waive his no-trade clause to go to either Toronto or Chicago and will only agree to do so for a deal to the Florida Panthers.

While Toronto and Florida are known entities in the hunt for Luongo at this point, Portzline reported last night on Twitter that Chicago was also an interested party. Go ahead and take a minute to wrap your head around that possibility. The Panthers, of course, are one of Luongo’s former teams and South Florida is an area Luongo loves.

Should this report hold true through the summer, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is going to have quite a battle on his hands with Florida GM Dale Tallon, who’s said he wouldn’t give up the farm to get Luongo.

  1. wenzel0232 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    So let’s get this right. First, Jordan Staal essentially forces a trade to the Carolina Hurricanes and now Roberto Luongo is basically demanding a trade to the Florida Panthers?
    The sun has finally become more important than the Stanley Cup!

    • ron05342 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      As though he would get one in Vancouver, Toronto, or Chicago.

      Maybe as a third option in Los Angeles, but that’s the only way he is going to see the Cup’s shine in person.

      • somekat - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Why would LA want him? Quick and Bernier ring a bell?

      • ron05342 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        @somekat
        LA wouldn’t want him. Just wanted to see how many thumbs down I could get on a ridiculous post…I wasn’t disappointed. :)

    • somekat - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Eh, those were specific situations. Staal only had one year til UFA, they COULD of traded him anywhere, but who would want to give up a decent price if they don’t think they can sign him long term?

      Luongo has a no trade clause, nobody forced the Canucks to put that in his deal. They did it themselves. There is a reason those things are given out so rarely.

      • nichis01 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        George Laraque was given a no-trade clause when he signed with Montreal I think. If he can get on, anyone can.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        Maybe, but that was Montreal.

    • nichis01 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Jordan Staal never asked for a trade from Pittsburgh to go to Carolina. He just didn’t want to sign a long-term deal to stay there. In his mind, and also in Ray Shero’s mind, he was ready for an expanded role. What Ray Shero did was honestly incredibly smart. Trade Jordan Staal while his grade value is high now instead of waiting for next year to come around when you’re forced to deal with a player who doesn’t really want to sign. This way Shero picked up Brandon Sutter to fill Staal’s spot, and also opened up cap space to go after Zach Parise.
      If you combine the Michalek deal to Phoenix, now Shero has opened up more than enough space to give Crosby and Malkin that secondary scoring they need. Although its tough to say that Zach Parise is a secondary scorer.

      As far as Luongo goes, I live in Vancouver and have been following this story for a long time. There was led to believe that originally there was a list of 5 or 6 teams that Luongo said he would go to. Chicago, Toronto, and Florida all being on the list apparently. Chicago doesn’t make sense for so many reasons. But it’s been obvious that Butke has been after Luongo. I personally don’t think that Luongo would wanna go to TO because the news there is the worst in the league. They are like virtual children with magnifying glasses standing over you as they burn the limbs off your body.
      As soon as Schneider got the start in the last 3 games, I knew Luongo’s time here was done. I immediately thought that Tampa Bay was the best fit for Luongo. Steve Yzerman who he is great friends with. Mattius Ohlund who he knows well. And you have the best scorer in the game in Stamkos. The only thing Tampa needs to be a scary team is a goalie and a top 4 defenseman. If I was Lou, that’s where I’d go.

      • jrmehle - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        News flash: Parise is not signing in Pittsburgh.

  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    He wont play where hockey matters ever again.

  3. dangle13x - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Aww poor Bobby can’t handle the spotlight?? Well if anyone out there still didn’t see this plug for the neurotic little choke artist that he is, there you go.

  4. howardforvezina - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    His wife is from Florida so it makes sense.

  5. zman23 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I guess he will never be playing for Boston then.

  6. lucicfan603 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    He’s all done whatever team picks him up will live to regret it

  7. guitarmy204 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Who wants to play in Toronto?

  8. ratflop - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    If true, you really have to wonder about Luongo’s priorites at this stage in his career. I see a player who wants to ride into the sunset – getting paid well and not having to deal with any pressure whatsoever (Toronto) and who doesn’t give a damn about winning (Chicago.)

    Not someone I’d want to pin my hopes on.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Seems exactly right.

  9. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Been saying it for years, Roberto has no hockey heart and is somebody that doesn’t have the ability to dig down. It goes to show how clueless the Canucks were letting this guy be Capitan. He is a coward and will always choose the path of least resistance.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Much like most of the Canucks, except for Kesler…

    • nichis01 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      In Roberto Luongo’s defense, he has a 46 win season under his belt, led the Canucks to back-to-back Presidents Trophy’s and brought Canada the Gold Medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics on the biggest stage possible. He’s got the ability to dig down, he just doesn’t do it enough when it comes to playoffs time. I also forgot he led the Canucks to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Hockey is a team game and he has been fortunate to have a better team than everyone else around him.

        He had no pressure on team Canada, it looked like Marty had blew it already. If he was named starting goalie, Im sure he would have screwed up.

        He led nobody to nowhere, he was garbage vs the Blackhawks that year and this team led HIM through straight onto the finals.

  10. ironmike778 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Coward doesn’t want any pressure. We knew this in January when he chickened out of a start in Boston. Maybe Florida will pump his tires.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I agree 100%. Chicago and Toronto care about hockey, he would be in the pressure cooker in those places. So he naturally picks Florida. Im surprised he didnt ask to be traded to Columbus.

      • nichis01 - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        The was actually talks of a Roberto Luongo for Rick Nash deal in place I heard. But since Columbus got Bobrovski, that’s over and done with.

  11. bcisleman - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Everyone’s assuming that Lu will not compete for the Cup in FLA. No one has apparently noticed that FLA was the only EC team to take NJD to 7 games and that they have a wealth of prospects. A quality #1 like Luongo might just take them into bonafide contention.

    • kitshky - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Exactly, I was gonna make a similiar comment. I think people on this site should maybe take a second and look beyond Vancouver, Boston, Philly, Pitts, and T.O. once in awhile.

      Tallons put together a hell of a team down there, and Luongo could be one of the final pieces to push them over the edge.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      The point is he is running away from pressure as usual

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Maybe so. But Florida had a -24 goal differential last year. Basically, their record should have been a lot worse than 38-26-18. Adding Luongo would help, but they’d be giving up a lot, as well.

  12. sergeikremlin - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Instead of him being a heartless choke artist who doesn’t care at all about winning hockey games, is it not possible that, after spending six years of his life living in northwest Canada, that, now that he is on the trading block, he wants to take this opportunity to get as close to his family as possible, considering he will likely be with a potential new team for the rest of his career into his late 30’s/early 40’s?

    Is it really fair to crucify a guy who wants to be with, or at the very least, near, his family while he plies his trade, after making a sacrifice for more than half a decade away?

    I’d also like to point out that this is an “unnamed sources” report coming out of the center of the hockey universe in Columbus.

    And, I’d also like to reiterate that Luongo has had seven consecutive 30+ win seasons, including a 47-win Vezina-worthy year, as well as, an Olympic Gold Medal on home soil, in that pressure cooker, and put up two shutouts and a two-goal against game in the Canucks’ three wins in the Cup final two seasons ago. He likely would be a Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup champion if he got any goal support whatsoever. The Canucks players scored a total of 3 goals in their four SCF losses to the Bruins.

    Personally, I think Luongo has battled as hard as he could, had a tremendous amount of success in his tenure in Vancouver and Internationally, has been a great team guy in the locker room, has taken as much criticism as any player in the NHL, and gotten zero thanks for his efforts outside of the Canucks brass.

    Maybe he just wants to breathe and spend some time with his family, while trying to win games for a team that needs a no. 1. (cause the guy wants to play and win games, not sit on the bench behind Schneider).

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      ” The Canucks players scored a total of 3 goals in their four SCF losses to the Bruins.” – and Lou gave up some 18 goals in those games, and was pulled twice…

    • habsman - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Nice post Sergei,

      Thoughtful and informative.

      I’m guessing you’re not from Boston?

    • kitshky - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      I think you’ve missed the point sergie …

      This site is reserved for 1 line comments like “guys a loser LOL”, “he just sucks”, “he wussed out and thats why I h8 him” … and so on. None of us have time for your reasoned, fact based, objective take.

    • jamesooten - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Sergie, you throw up some very interesting points, however your unnamed source you mention is Aaron Portzline, he is a writer for the Columbus Dispath. I have heard him several times on the radio here in Toronto he seems to be spot on with his posts. Follow him on twitter.

    • leafs2013 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Vancouver is not in northwest canada.

  13. ironmike778 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    No, he deserves any criticism he gets. He ran his mouth in the Finals and didn’t back it up, then he wussed out of that game in Boston last season. He’s a fraud.

  14. firemarshal1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Like I said before, Vancouver should take a third round pick from Florida and run with it, before Tallon get’s second thoughts and moves else where for a goalie.

  15. highlander24 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    He’s really just not that good.

  16. surebuddy79 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Him wanting to goto Florida is actually his wife wanting him in Florida. Has nothing to do with anything else. Sure he wants a cup, but he wants to keep his family intact. Otherwise his $60+ million will be only half that amount if you catch my drift.

  17. davego6 - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    The best thing for the whole league to do is leave him in Vancouver where he is going to hand cuff that team for the next 10 years with that ridiculous contract!

  18. fahmundamahbalsaq - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Roberto sucks! He should be happy any team wants his ass!

  19. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    As a life long Panthers fan, come on Roberto, force their hand, I’d love to see you back down in south Fla, ready to bring a cup to add to the mounting Larry obrien trophies

  20. babykaby - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    It is very easy to call a guy a coward, insult him in every way possible, when you are just a made up name with no face, hiding behind a computer screen. Luongo is not perfect, nobody is, including all of you Bozo’s making comments that have never accomplished any sort of success in your jobs. I don’t believe anyone held a gun to anyone’s head and forced them to give Luongo that contract. Money cannot buy or guarantee success, it can only promise the possibility of it. I also will never believe a player works the entire regular season to get to the playoffs then decides he doesn’t care, so he makes no effort to win the big games. To say that that has happened with this guy is just ridiculous. Luong probably is hoping for Florida so he can be with family and get as far away from the proven uncivilized, insane idiots (remember the riots) that make up the Vancouver fan base.

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