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Gillis would trade Luongo to a Western Conference team

Jan 24, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

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If the best offer the Vancouver Canucks get for goalie Roberto Luongo happens to come from a fellow Western Conference team, then that’s the offer general manager Mike Gillis says he’ll give the most consideration.

“I’m pretty pragmatic,” Gillis told TEAM 1040 radio today.

“I care about our team and having the best team here in Vancouver that we can have. So if that means in our conference, that’s what it means.”

Canucks fans may feel a little less comfortable with the notion of Luongo being traded to, say, the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers. Or, what if he went to Vancouver’s hated rival in Chicago? The real nightmare scenario is Luongo winning a Stanley Cup  with one of those teams before the Canucks win their first ever.

For now, Gillis is “absolutely comfortable” with keeping Luongo and doesn’t believe — despite what’s being said in the media — that it’s unfair to either Luongo or the other half of the goaltending duo, Cory Schneider, to maintain the status quo.

“I really don’t think those two guys care about the situation,” Gillis said. “They’re both fighting to get into the net. They’re both good friends. I don’t think they approach it any way like that media’s trying to resemble it.”

Related: Gillis won’t “succumb” to media pressure to trade Luongo

  1. valoisvipers - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Gillis reeks of desperation.

    • sergeikremlin - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Gillis was asked plain and simple if he would trade within his own conference. He reiterated, as he has many times, he would make the deal that makes his team better. Seems more patient than desperate to me, and kudos to him for continuing to take interviews and answer these questions over-and-over.

      • valoisvipers - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Jive talk by Gillis translates into “I have no takers for Lou and his contract”
        Face it Gillis wants to save face and get something for Lou but so far the bag of pucks and free coffee for a year at Timmies is the best offer.

  2. deezenucks - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Agreed, Gillis take your time and wait for for the beat deal. He would be great for the oilers no doubt, really can’t see him in Chicago. My sleeper pick has always been the lightning, I think yzerman would love to she’d lecavliers contract and he’s familiar with Luo from the Olympics.

    • scottybcboy - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      I agree, in that the Lightning are the right situation, Yzerman connection……but I don’t think there is any chance that Gillis takes Vinny back, unless there is salary relief. Connolly, a BC boy, would be a start, aside from that, who knows.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        I’ve always thought that the Lightning make the most sense. Luongo wants to go to Florida and with all that firepower Tampa is a Luongo away from a legit Cup run.

        I’d love to see him come to the Leafs but that’s just not happening so the next best thing is a series of Cup rings for Stammer.

  3. vanindeed - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Put Luongo in Edmonton they will make the playoffs (and burn Vancouver on a frequent basis). Trade him to Chicago and they are heavy cup favourites.

    • scottybcboy - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      That is precisely why neither of those trades will ever happen!!

  4. deezenucks - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Ya I imagine Gillis wouldn’t be too keen on taking on lecavliers contract, he’s a prime candidate to be bought out next year, but this way luo still makes it back to Florida like he wants.
    Still wouldn’t add what I think the teams lacks most and that’s a more grit. Canucks are a skilled team and don’t match up well with the bruins and kings styles of play. Get someone who won’t just watch the sedins take a fash wash with no retribution (scoreboard or otherwise).

  5. comeonnowguys - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I’m pretty sure the first time they fire up Chelsea Dagger, Chicago goaltender Roberto Luongo would reflexively freak out worse than the visiting goalie.

  6. bhawksrule - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    It’s funny how so many people still assume the Blackhawks even want Luongo . They aren’t going to give up anyone on a hot team right now off to a 4-0-0 start. They would never trade Bolland+ for Luongo and after that they really have nothing to offer.
    The Canucks will wait this out too long and wont see a decent return for him as they get worse and his potential trade candidates get better.

  7. valoisvipers - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Gillis would trade Luongo to a Western Conference team
    Yeah Gillis would send him anywhere, now if there was only a taker out there, anywhere, anyone….hello….hello.. are you there..is anyone there…..is this phone working?

  8. mnrube23 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    i don’t pretended to know a lot about hockey (just starting to really get into it last 2-3 years) but i would love to see him in the net for the Wild and lose Backstrom. How would a trade for that type of player look like? That may sway my opinion on doing the trade. Not on Backstrom!

  9. darksidecowboy - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I could see the Sharks trading Clowe and Niemi for Luongo. One last, last chance for Horton/Marleau to win a cup in SJ.

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