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Blackhawks GM has no comment on trading for Luongo

Jul 13, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

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Earlier this week, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he expects goalie Corey Crawford to bounce back from a sophomore slump.

Still, a few eyebrows were raised Friday when Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman refused to comment when asked if there was interest in acquiring Roberto Luongo from Vancouver.

“I can’t really talk about players who are under contract to other teams,” Bowman said.

Fair enough, we suppose.

Of course, if he didn’t have interest it would be easy enough to say so.

Maybe he’s just a stickler for the NHL’s tampering rules.

The Blackhawks did admit they reached out to Martin Brodeur’s camp when the Devils’ goalie briefly explored free agency.

Granted, that was a no-brainer. Brodeur wouldn’t have come with a contract that runs through 2021-22. Nor would he have come with a reputation for melting down in the playoffs. Not to mention, some of Luongo’s most famous meltdowns came at the United Center (soundtrack by The Fratellis).

Brodeur would, however, have come with three Stanley Cup rings. And signing him wouldn’t have meant giving up on Crawford.

Yet it’s interesting that the Luongo-to-Chicago chatter has never officially been put to bed by the Blackhawks. And when you think about it, if Bowman had zero interest, wouldn’t he be smart to come out and say so in order to drive Luongo’s price down and hurt a conference rival?

Of note, Luongo’s said he’d be open to joining the ‘Hawks.

“I think there’s a lot of cities that are great to play in, and Chicago’s definitely one of them,” he said recently on Vancouver radio. “But you have to realize that it works both ways. There’s not only me involved in this decisions. It’s also a question if the Blackhawks would be interested, if the team would be interested in trading me there and if I wanted to go there.”

It’s still hard, verging on impossible, to picture Luongo in a Blackhawks jersey.

But what a story it would be.

  1. jpelle82 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    i understand the rivalry thats developed here recently, but they could address a pretty serious need for a goalie at this point…trade ’em kane and a pick

    • creasemasta41 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Kane AND a pick for luongo?!? You mustn’t know too much about hockey..

      • ray2013 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        C’mon…it’s pretty clear he or she is a Canuck fan. Fans do this all the time. I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous suggestions on team boards at times, like suggesting a bottom-pairing defenceman and a low-draft pick should be enough to get Weber from Nashville. I saw another suggesting the Oilers should trade one of their four-young studs (Hall, Nuge, Eberle & Nail) to NJ for a defensive prospect no one had ever heard of. It’s actually pretty amusing at times to read these out-of-whack suggestions.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        a pens fan. kane is a bum and i didnt say a high pick. the goalie situation is awful in chicago, there’s no one else better out there right now, just saying they should consider it, the arent gonna get him for a bag of pucks, they need to give up something

      • creasemasta41 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        They need to give up something but not a guy like kane whose potential is through the roof, and a first round pick. If were talking about ryan miller, or tim thomas from a couple years ago then youd be in the ballpark, but if you want a good goalie trade that first and maybe a guy like stalberg for bernier. Luongo is well known for his ups and downs in the playoffs. Dont tell me that as a pens fan youd trust lou to take you to the stanley cup instead of flower, and would have no problem being saddled with him for another ten years

    • jrsaffell - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      You’re friggin high.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Trading for Schneider would “address a pretty serious need.” Trading for Luongo would be shuffling in another card into an already-bad hand.

  2. hitem396 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    do we really have to wait for luongo deal until september 30th? plzzzz

  3. blackhawkslove - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Best trade of the summer. Real booSt for Chicago

  4. jpat2424 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Kane and a pick. Are you out of your mind. First of all nobody wants bobby Lu here in Chicago and secondly nobody here wants that contract for the next 10 years and I’m not giving up kaner and a pick for some choke artist cry ass

  5. comeonnowguys - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Because we all know NHL GM’s heed the call of anonymous commenters, I would like to beg Stan NOT TO DO THIS.

    It’s bad enough you have us in a position to sometimes cheer for Dan Friggin’ Carcillo.

    Beef up the D. Brookbank was a decent start. Get that second-line center. Please don’t give away resources for Bobby Friggin’ Lu.

  6. xaf605 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    You are a friggin nut trade kane is absurd

  7. chitown56 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Let him go to the panthers nobody in the chi wants bobby lu , lets give corey one more year to prove himself, oh btw anybody from chicago thats says we should trade kaner should get out, stupidest thing ive heard heard

  8. blomfeld - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM


    Anyone with even the “slightest” grasp of hockey knowledge knows that Chicago would “never” take this over-rated, b-grade “gambling addicted” human sieve ! In fact “no one” wants him period. Even the Panthers who are “ordained” to receive the fool don’t want him ! So like someone said above, I’m therefore convinced that this “jpelle82” not only sports “overly-sized” breasts, but as well is an avid viewer of The Bachelor ! Anyway, today’s “sad” announcement about comrade Bernier completely “kiboshes” any trade plans that the idiot Gillis may have had. I kid you not people. The removal of this clown and his “colossal” contract from the books, will come to cost the Canucks “big time” ! As I’ve said previously, I can easily see the Canucks being forced to “sex up” any potential deal to a prospective taker, by including the likes of either Kessler, Burrows or even a Sister ! … mark my words …

    • kitshky - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      You …have officially lost your mind.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Kitshky: Hey pal, would you like to buy some nice Greek government bonds ?

        Prospective Buyer: No ! … I don’t want that garbage ! … get away from me !


        @Kitshky – now of course friend we have to enjoy a little bit of fun around here, otherwise what’s the point, eh ? :) … but in all seriousness, I predict that the “net” cost of removing Luongo is going to cost the Canucks dearly, regardless of whether that involves:

        – assuming a sizable portion of the 54 million still left on his contract
        – surrendering future draft picks and prospects as an added incentive
        – adding “multiple” players along with Luongo as an added incentive
        – being forced to offer up a “cash” payment (bribe) to any potential taker

        we’ll see soon enough, but one thing is for sure … and that is that as the clock ticks downward, so do the Canucks” chances of avoiding these nightmare scenarios which I’ve illustrated …

  9. desertfan - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Kane has an attitude issue!!

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