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Theodore thinks Canucks aren’t rushing to trade Luongo amid labor uncertainty

Aug 28, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

Lynne Sladky/AP AP

Even if there wasn’t the threat of a lockout looming over the players as they get ready for training camp, Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore might still be facing a mountain of uncertainty right now. That’s because of the possibility that he might get traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a deal involving Roberto Luongo.

Luongo is looking to move on and it would make sense for the Vancouver Canucks to trade him given the rise of Cory Schneider. Florida has been frequently brought up as a possible destination, but, as the Miami Herald reported, Theodore suspects that neither side is eager to rush into anything while the new CBA is still being negotiated.

The two goaltenders have “a good relationship” and Theodore knows Luongo “wants to be somewhere where he’s wanted.”

The fact that the Florida Panthers have been linked to the trade rumors doesn’t surprise Theodore.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Theodore said. “It doesn’t change how I wake up in the morning or sleep at night. It’s not going to change how I prepare myself. It doesn’t change anything.”

The Vancouver Canucks might move quickly once a new CBA is agreed to, but it remains to be seen if the Panthers will be the ones to acquire Luongo. Although getting Luongo back would provide Florida with a boost next season, it might not be in their best interests in the long run. Jacob Markstrom has been pegged as their goaltender of the future and, if they don’t get Luongo, Markstrom might earn a permanent spot with the Florida Panthers after Theodore’s current deal expires in the summer of 2013.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    “The Vancouver Canucks might move quickly…” – demoting him to the AHL might well be the only option. Which team has real interest in Bobby Lou at this point? I don’t see any.

    • yvrmike - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      YEA u r right who in there right mind want an all-star goalie.

  2. elvispocomo - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    There’s two sides to any deal, and some teams don’t have a need for a goalie with a contract the size of Luongo’s. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that he’s still a top 10 goalie in the league and there are teams that would love to have him despite that contract, but couldn’t get him because he doesn’t want to go there or they don’t have the ability to trade to get him.

    There are only a few choices as a result, which may limit the return the Canucks can get, but the market is hardly closed to the point they’d have to demote him to the AHL. He’ll stay with the team if they don’t find a trading partner right away, and you can bet there will be some teams that are struggling in net as the season wears on.

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