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Gillis on Luongo trade talks: “There’s lots of teams that are interested in an all-star goalie”

Jul 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

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Canucks general manager Mike Gillis spoke to TEAM 1040 radio this morning in Vancouver to provide an update on Roberto Luongo and the club’s attempts to trade the 33-year-old goalie.

According to Gillis, there’s no shortage of interest out there.

“We talk to teams every day,” said Gillis. “There’s lots of teams that are interested in an all-star goalie, even though some people refuse to believe that, which is stunning to me because great players are so difficult to get.”

But when asked if a deal was inevitable, Gillis wouldn’t commit to anything.

“Maybe, maybe not,” he said. “We have a lot invested in Roberto, and it may or may not come to pass.

“I could get a phone call in 10 minutes with an offer that is something we would have to consider and would consider and see where it went. You may not get one for two weeks and calls that we’re making may not result in what we’re looking for.

“It’s very difficult to make trades in this business, but oftentimes as the framework’s being laid, something happens, something’s inserted, a player’s included, or a player’s excluded, and suddenly you can make a deal.”

It’s believed Luongo’s first choice is a trade to Florida; however, it’s not known if he’d consider other destinations like Toronto or Columbus.

Nor is it known which teams are interested in Luongo, who everyone knows comes attached to a rather lengthy contract.

And if teams are interested, how interested are they? Enough to give up an asset? Or, are they only willing to send a liability (aka a bad contract) back the other way?

  1. davebabychreturns - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    This Canucks fan is just hoping that when “something’s inserted” and the Luongo trade gets done, it’s not at Mike Gillis’ expense.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Sounds like a threat of probing by Kang and Kodos.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Lengthy, yes, but perhaps the yearly avg. doesn’t look so bad after what Price just signed.

  3. mervsvikes - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Do teams not want to win the cup? Why are teams actually interested? Who knows I guess? Maybe if he gets out of the egomaniacal, self-absorbed, over-entitled capital of the world he can play when it matters as a free man.

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      If that’s a veiled criticism about Vancouver, we won’t hear it and we won’t respond to it.

      • nobandwagoners - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        I think mervsvikes must be really confused just where and for whom Luongo currently plays (or is under contract to). Luo doesn’t play for Toronto – yet.

  4. ray2013 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Something “may or may not happen” meaning if Luongo doesn’t add a few teams for Vancouver to negotiate with, they would make him a high-priced back-up? Or teams have to up their offers if they want Luongo?

    That’s about the only two interpretations I could think of where MG doesn’t come off as slightly unhinged.

  5. jason9696 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I hope the Canucks get hosed in the Luongo deal.

  6. jernster21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    But are there a lot of teams interested in an all-star goalie that is a playoff choke artist? Maybe only those teams that can’t make the playoffs I suppose.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      So, not Toronto?

  7. blomfeld - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Translation … “things ain’t looking so good”

    Most folks don’t live in Vancouver and so they don’t listen to this arrogant, anti-social “narcissistic” liar the way we do almost weekly here on our local Team 1040 “house radio”. The bottom line is that anything Gillis says is usually the complete opposite of the truth. If he says that the world is round, then you can be pretty darn sure that it’s flat ! I’m admittedly now fascinated by this Canuckle conundrum and yet I have no sympathy for Gillis. Simply put, he is the architect of what is likely to become the biggest financial blunder ever in the team’s history …

  8. uscthom78 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Mike Gillis, former agent, nuff said. We all know its basic 1 or 2 teams and thats it.

    • uscthom78 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      He can’t dazzle us with brilliance, so he’s trying to confuse us with bull s***.

  9. blast126 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I think Luongo will be a perfect goalie for Maple Leafs, but the problem is the price. What will Maple Leafs give to trade Luongo?

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