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Canucks admit keeping Luongo ‘not the most efficient use of resources’

Mar 28, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

Brian Elliott AP

If anything, you have to admire Mike Gillis’s patience.

Well, unless Gillis isn’t so much patient as delusional. In which case you don’t have to admire it as much.

Whatever you call it, Gillis still hasn’t traded Roberto Luongo. And with the deadline a matter of days away, it appears Vancouver may have a $64 million backup goalie for the playoffs.

All along, the Canucks have insisted they won’t be giving away Luongo for anything less than a significant return. This despite the 33-year-old’s big contract and the opinion of many that he’s no longer worth said contract.

Per the Vancouver Sun, the club’s thinking doesn’t seem to have changed, even as things have dragged on far longer than anticipated.

“From an efficiency standpoint, to have $9.33 million invested in two goaltenders when only one of them can play is clearly not the most efficient use of resources,” assistant GM Laurence Gilman said. “That being said … Roberto is still in the prime of his career and can stabilize a NHL team for years to come. That’s an asset that’s extremely hard to come by. It would be foolish for us to trade Roberto for a rental player.”

On the other hand, the Canucks will be the first to admit they’re in “go for it” mode. The Sedin twins are 32 and the organization isn’t exactly stocked with can’t-miss prospects.

What’s more, for teams searching for goaltending help, there are alternatives that don’t come with the financial risk that Luongo does.

Gilman is absolutely right when he says, “Goaltending is a bellwether position in the National Hockey League. You can’t win without it. It’s like pitching in baseball.”

Unfortunately for the Canucks, Luongo’s recent performance (after a hot start) can’t be helping the club’s trade pitch. He’ll be on the bench again tonight as Cory Schneider makes his sixth straight start.

It’s something Luongo may have to get used to.

Sitting on the bench.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I don’t understand how Pit can grab all these players for chump change. Yet the Canucks cant deal out a star goaltender?

    • mathieug79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Who says they can’t? They want more than anyone is willing to pay!! I don’t blame other teams backing off, he’s owed a massive amount of money, and No one wants to give up some off their future or for the matter anything for someone with as many question marks as Luongo. If the canucks want to trade him, they will have to take on another big contract. The only thing here that comes to mind is Lecavalier.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      With that contract, he has negative value. The top goalies aren’t much different from the average goalies right now and nobody wants to pay big money to a guy that stops 5 more pucks per 1000 shots. Big money goalies are being phased out. Two years ago, Luongo and Ryan Miller were on top of the hockey world, and now the Sabres and Canucks can’t give them away. Unless they make changes to the nets or equipment, this is the way it’s going to be for a while.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      It’s not so much Luongo, that can’t be moved, it’s his contract that can’t be moved.If they want to move him they will have to retain a good part of his salary.

  2. gramkind - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    In other news “Water is wet”…
    Maybe Shero will continue his spending spree and call about Lou.

  3. fortwaynekomets - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I’d live to sit on a bench for that much money too!!!

  4. steverolley - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    But wait, they said it was the best situation ever just a month ago!

    If they don’t trade him at the deadline Gillis will say it was his plan all along and he’ll get something better in the off season.

    Then the off season will come, the canucks will need to cut salaries, teams will offer nothing for Lou, Gillis will trade him for nothing, say it was his plan the entire time and Canucks fans will give me a thumbs down for how stupid this entire plan was.

  5. thomaspratt - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    This post hits at the heart of the inconsistency of management vision that has caused the Canucks to lose their identity over the past year and a bit.

    On the one hand, they say they are in win now mode. On the other, they trade Hodgson for Kassian, lock up the D core for five years and decide to keep Schneider over Luongo. Those moves tell me they are in extend the window mode.

    If they were truly in win now mode, they would keep Luongo and trade Schneider for the players they need to compete for the cup, and the would not have taken on a long term project like Kassian.

  6. yvrmike - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Yzerman signs 2back up goalies, misses the playoffs, n needs a true no1 goalie
    Gillies has a true no1 goalie in Luongo, has not blinked on Yzerman’s demands and say what you want about the contract without Luongo they are gonna miss next year’s playoffs. Who’s under more pressure here. Do you not think that Luongo will assist in the development of the other goalies? Just look at Schneider.
    If Yzerman misses next year’s playoffs he may be looking for a new job. If Luongo played with Tampa from the beginning of the season they would be in the playoffs and his owner would have made enough money to pay Luongos salary for the next 4 years.

  7. ray2013 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Does anyone get full price for a player identified as on the trading block? I doubt it. People don’t pay full price. Didn’t see it for Iggy. Or Nash. etc.

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