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Gillis: Luongo’s long-term contract is “friendly”

Jan 13, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis fired back at critics who argue that Roberto Luongo‘s long-term contract is a roadblock to any potential trade.

“There’s been a lot more interest in Roberto than people wanted to recognize because the contract was onerous or difficult,” Gillis said in a Vancouver Sun report.

“That has never been mentioned to me by one team. I know some people like to make a big deal of that but it’s a very friendly contract for a lot of reasons. That’s one of the reasons why in the new collective agreement there are penalties and you can’t sign these types of contracts because they are favorable. So contract is not an issue.”

The all-star goaltender will turn 34 in April and comes with an annual cap hit of $5,333,333 through 2021-22. As a result of the “Luongo rule,” his team will not be completely spared from his cap hit even if he decides to retire before his contract is over.

The new CBA also allows the Canucks to retain a portion of his cap hit and salary in an effort to make his contract more appealing to potential suitors. However, Vancouver isn’t eager to do that.

“I haven’t talked to anyone about keeping a portion of his contract,” Gillis said. “Is that off the table? No, I mean everything is on the table when you talk about those things. There are concepts you can discuss. But Roberto is an all-star goaltender and I don’t feel compelled or see any reason why we would go down that path with a player of this caliber.”

Gillis is believed to be looking for a roster player and a good prospect in exchange for the Montreal-native. For his part, Luongo is willing to be patient with the Canucks.


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  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Yep and Oswald acted alone, the Gangam Style guy will not fade into oblivion and the Pirates are the model baseball franchise.

  2. spongebobsportspants - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Stop trying to blow smoke over everyone’s butt Gillis. His contract is a roadblock to potential trades. Plain and simple. Also, your other goalie didn’t look so hot in the Spangler Cup.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Lol roster player an good prospect? You will be lucky to get a good prospect and pick

    • jdd428 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Hey, he can ask whatever he wants. If no one is willing to meet those demands, he should just keep the guy and have the best 1-2 goalie combo in the league.

  4. rsl22 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I understand the above three points of view, but I think an objective observer would say that Luongo is a very good goalie, and there are a lot of teams that do not have a good goalie, much less a very good goalie.

    In the Olympics, after Brodeur sort of sucked during the preliminary round, it was Luongo that stepped up and won them gold. With Brodeur, 5-3 loss to USA; with Luongo 3-2 OT win against USA. And honestly, the USA played better in the gold medal game than they did in the preliminary round.

    With such a short season, I would think there are teams that would take a gamble that he could drastically help their playoff fortunes and deal with whatever risk might be involved in the offseason.

    • lateralous - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      I don’t think anyone denies that Luongo is a good goalie, but no matter how many times Gillis tries to tell us otherwise, the contract sucks and therefore drags his trade value down. Yeah, he could push a lot of the teams like the Leafs over the hump and into the playoffs but is that really a good long term move if your goal is to eventually win the cup? His performance is going to start falling off as a lot of the young teams hit their peak. If your giving up a few minor assets, it might be worth it for a team in a win now mode but if you’re giving up anything significant in return, I just don’t see how it makes sense.

      As for the 2010 Olympics, he looked shaky at best in the final. Comparing his performance to a past his prime Brodeur in a prelimany round game misses the point.

      • rsl22 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        For a lot of teams, selling playoff tickets makes their season financially. Even for teams with a solid fanbase, they still need the playoffs to push them past breaking even.

        Maybe Columbus has no use for him just yet, but for teams like Tampa (281 goals against last year), Chicago (238 goals against), Anaheim (231 GA), Edmonton (239), or Winnepeg (246)…these teams could all see their teams fortunes turn around awfully fast with a solid goalie.

        Giving up a prospect and pick that aren’t contributing for a guy that is almost guaranteed to contribute immediately is very reasonable. And with Luongo, that pick won’t be a lottery pick, as it was with the Kessel trade.

      • rsl22 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        The last four teams standing last season were all in the top eight for goals against in the regular season. LA was second best in the regular season.

        Goalies matter. A lot. If you want to win, you’ve got to keep the puck out of the net. Luongo can offer that. Not many other players can.

    • lateralous - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Futures are one thing but the article states Gillis is trying to land a roster player and a top prospect. Also, take Tampa, Anaheim and Winnipeg off your list, they are all set with their goaltenders.

  5. spongebobsportspants - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    As a Leaf fan I would take Luongo in a heart beat. But the contract is too long and Reimer is almost ready.

    But consider this, Lou won gold and made it to game 7 of the final yes; but look who played in front of him. He would improve the Leafs but I don’t think he’d look as good as he did then.

  6. sampulls - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    First and foremost, I don’t like Luongo…..BUT mark my words….
    If he goes to a bad team, they will be a playoff team.
    If he goes to a good team, the will be a contender.

    • rsl22 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Basically what I was trying to say above. There are very few goalies on his level.

      From November through March of last season, his worst month’s save % was .921. Add that to about any team and you basically guarantee they make the playoffs.

      The only team to have a goalie with better numbers than him and not make the playoffs was Calgary. But they scored the 3rd fewest goals of any team in the league and still almost made the playoffs.

      • badintent - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

        Exactly !!The guy is $$ except in shoot outs, slow for one on one, has losing record for OTs. But he make any team better with some rest late in the season on long road trips out East.

  7. buffalomafia - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Make it happen Philly or else dont start the season your team cant rely on your curent bust of a goalie you have now!

    Lets go Buffalo!!

  8. buffalo65 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Edmonton is a team I’d love to see get him. They are ready to make a leap, but no way Vancouver trades him that close to home.

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