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No trade: Luongo remains a Canuck

Apr 3, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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The trade deadline has come and gone, and Roberto Luongo is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

Multiple reports indicate the 33-year-old goalie was not traded despite the efforts of general manager Mike Gillis, who has remained adamant all along that Luongo would not be dealt away on the cheap.

“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 recently. “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.”

Barring injury, Luongo will be on the bench as Cory Schneider‘s backup when the playoffs start at the end of the month.

Expect Gillis to receive a good deal of criticism for failing to move the veteran goalie. The pressure to deal Luongo after the playoffs, most likely at the draft, will only intensify with next year’s salary cap coming down significantly.

  1. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    So all 4 teams didn’t take Bobby Lou… eh Gillis yeah right.
    The only thing left to do since no one wants Bobby Lou contract is to trade Corey in the summer time and play Luongo till he drops.

  2. r8rbhawk - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Love to see another Gilles fail.

    • r8rbhawk - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      idiot, the only thing better than a Gillis fail, is a fail in spelling Gillis’ last name. Feel free to pile on the thumbs down due to my spelling mistake.

      • colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Your spelling is wrong, therefore your point must be invalid! JK.. Sure wish Gillis could of figured this one out. Tampa is stupid for continueing to go for backup goaltenders. Stevie Y just signed his own walking papers by not trading for Luongo.

    • loinstache - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      bummer two #1s for the playoffs

      • jdd428 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Yeah. I think it’s smart to hold onto him at least for this season. What if he dealt Lu and the Schneider got hurt?

      • bigtganks - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Or what if Schneider as a number one completely melts down? They’ll know a LOT more about what they have come June.

  3. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Quote from Luongo “My contract sucks”

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