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Even Luongo’s agent hasn’t heard about Maple Leafs trade talk

Oct 23, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Sportsnet’s John Shannon got everyone excited this week talking about how Toronto will swing a deal for Roberto Luongo once the lockout ends. While Canucks GM Mike Gillis shot that down, the speculation remains news to some people.

One such person is Luongo’s agent, Gilles Lupien.

Lupien told 1130 AM radio out of Vancouver that he’s heard nothing at all about the Maple Leafs acquiring Luongo and he hasn’t spoken with Gillis since June. He also adds that he hasn’t been asked if Luongo would even accept a trade to Toronto.

Obviously a lot of that has to do with the lockout being in place since September 15. Teams aren’t allowed to swing deals during the work stoppage.

Add to that Cory Schneider‘s contract extension and the looming changes to the CBA after the lockout, teams interested in Luongo wanted to be sure the new rules wouldn’t bury them with his bad contract. Regardless of all that, expect the same suitors (Toronto, Florida, Chicago) to still be interested in him once the lockout is over.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, ensured that Luongo would never play again …

    Well at least not in Vancouver. In all seriousness, the bottom line is that the Canucks have got to get Luongo out of here “asap” ! His AIG-sized contract and his lingering presence here are like a “ball & chain” which the team simply needs to break free of ! Now much of the local media (house radio Team1040) and many of the fans continue trying to paint a rosy picture about this whole business … “oh there’s no rush” .. “oh it’ll all work out” .. “oh he’s happy to be here” .. etc. Well that’s just nothing but “false & empty” as far as I’m concerned … and it’s wrong ! It’s wrong in terms of the team’s bottom financial line, it’s wrong in terms of providing Schneider with a clean canvass on which to paint his own legacy and it’s wrong in terms of denying Luongo what he wants most in his heart, which is a happy return to Florida. The Canucks need to do the “right” thing here and let this man go now !

    ps: and don’t you young Canuckle whipper-snappers start having a go at me for speaking the “truth” here on your behalf ! … despite being an ardent LA Kings supporter, I’ll have you people know that I’m a very nice man and I’ve been following the Canucks closely since day one ! … back in the day, me and my friends used to go to so many games out at the Coliseum, where we bought the $3.00 “standing room only” tickets for viewing from the top of the red section … it was excellent in those days, as everything was just about the game and nothing more ! :)

  2. antkowiak666 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    are they even allowed to let him”go now”,during a lock-out!?

    • blomfeld - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      no friend, they aren’t … however I’m “convinced” beyond a reasonable doubt, that a one-way ticket (YVR-MIA) has already been purchased with either Air Canada or code share partner United Airlines …

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