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Luongo: ‘I’m shocked’ after Schneider trade

Jun 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

It sounds like the Vancouver Canucks have a bit of fence-mending to do after goalie Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick during today’s NHL draft.

According to TSN host James Duthie, Roberto Luongo — the goalie who was supposed to be traded all along — is in shock and remains unsure what the future holds.

“I’m shocked,” Luongo told Duthie. “I have to let this sink in and figure out what I’m going to do.”

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, on the other hand, told reporters on the floor of the Prudential Center that he didn’t expect any issues with Luongo.

Per the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini will fly to Florida to meet with Luongo.

How that meeting goes, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s been widely reported that Luongo desired a fresh start after he was supplanted by Schneider as Vancouver’s starter.

In May, after the Canucks were swept out of the playoffs, Gillis said it was “unlikely” that Luongo would be back next season.

Today’s trade apparently took Schneider by surprise, too. The 27-year-old told The Record’s Tom Gulitti that he learned of the move watching TV, and that he hadn’t talked to anyone from the Canucks organization since the end of the season.

Luongo, 34, is signed through 2021-22, with a cap hit of $5.3 million.

“It’s a very difficult decision to make between two really quality people and quality goaltenders,” said Gillis.

“It really came down to where we could get the most value, and we did it with Cory and now we have a young player (Bo Horvat) coming out of here in this draft, a big first-round pick.”

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Wow, what a mess

  2. imleftcoast - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    The CBA wasn’t ratified after the trade deadline. Gillis should have made this deal then if he was going to make a deal for Schneider. He is an a__-clown.

  3. earpaniac - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I always thought Schneider would be easier to deal, but Lou HAD to be. Either buyout or trade. After saying you basically want a guy gone for a year, now he’s your guy? This situation alone is enough to get Gillis fired, IMO.

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Think that’s bad? Wait until Luongo demands a trade anyway after being jerked around by this manipulative jackass for the last 14 months or so.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Luongo is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Clearly no other team is interested in trading for him because of his contract. What good will it do to ask for a trade? Canucks’ owner won’t allow for a buyout because it would mean 1.5m p/year until 2031.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Gillis is an arrogant jackass. He says and does whatever he wants with no consideration of the people it involves, always assuming that there will be no consequences for any of it. He treats his players like a Wall Street trader treats stocks. Detroit’s organization treats their players like human beings, not just fodder – maybe he should try to learn something from the most successful and consistent franchise of the last 25 years.

    • budzo83 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      You have the nerve to call another team’s GM an “arrogant jackass” and then pop off about how great the Red Wings are when they are not mentioned in this article and have nothing to do with this situation…

      • mathieug79 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        He has a point tho! Gillis should really take a long hard look at the last 2 season!! If a team like TBL can buy out Lecavalier in a small market like that, Im sure the owners of the Vancouver Canucks can figure out a way to buy Luongo out. It is too late now that Schnieder is traded.

      • mathieug79 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Might as well point this out as well, Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are the first 2 Vancouver canucks 1st round draft picks, Since the Sedins. Give them a chance!

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM


  6. bladesofsteal - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    So Gillis started off everything by saying he wanted to make a “hockey trade” for Luongo, widely believed to be a 1st round pick, a prospect, and a player, and he ended up trading the younger goalie with the better cap hit and contract for only a 1st round pick. He could not have misjudged the goalie market any worse then he did, nor mishandled the situation any worse….unless he’s unable to convince Luongo to come back to the team. If the Canucks were ever a “destination team” for free agents (and I’m not convinced they were) they’ve certainly mismanaged themselves out of that distinction.

    • colby7 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      I agree with most of what you said, but a top 10 pick is different then randomly getting a pick during the season. A top 10 pick is something the Canucks havn’t seen in a long time.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      No other team is interested in Luongo, a d the Canucks don’t want to use their buyout. So, the best thing that could happen to the Canucks is that Luongo refuses to rejoin the team. Then they can suspend him and don’t have to pay him. Luongo as to make the best of the situation in Vancouver play overseas, and I’m not sure that he would be allowed to do so considering he’s under contract with an NHL club.

      • bladesofsteal - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        So “the best thing that could happen to the Canucks” is to go from having two #1 goalies to having zero?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        No. No. You’re thinking hockey whereas I’m talking about dollars and cents. If you want to talk hockey, then having 2 number 1 goalies is not a good situation because one will be unhappy. One of them had to go, and if not for Luongo’s sick contract he would have been traded as opposed to Schneider.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Who was going to give the Canucks a 1st, prospect, and a player? Because if that was the case I imagine they would’ve done it, right?

      • desertfan - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        All this talk about a “PROSPECT” and a “1st ROUNDER” is nauseating!!!

        Which “PROSPECT” -could be a star or a bum??

        Which pick- No. 9 or No.30

        As it turns out these types of deals are usually made on the floor when the Buyer sees who is available at the next #.

        In this case Gillis and NJ had a deal made on Sat. that they would trade Schneider to NJ for NJ #1 -SUBJECT TO GILLIS BEING HAPPY WITH WHO THEY COULD DRAFT AT #9.

        Saw that Horvat was still available-a projected as high as #5 and jumped on it.

        Great trade for Nucks!!!!!

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    How do you not call your starting goalie to tell him he’s been traded?

    It was pretty evident the Canucks showed zero class with how they treated Luongo, but Schneider too? In an industry where you need to attract free agents, treating your own players poorly isn’t a good way to do business.

    • drewzducks - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Don’t worry, they have Mr. Warm and Fuzzy behind the bench now.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM


      • desertfan - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        How is Mr W & F with goalies??

      • drewzducks - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Well I’m guessing not good as it was reported that King Henrik was one of the first to sit down with mgmnt after the season to voice his displeasure.

    • desertfan - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      If you watched the proceedings it was obvious that this was a last minute deal btwn Devils and Canocks.

      Canucks were watching to see who they could get for NJ #9 witch was the open offer from NJ.

      When Horvat and SHINKARUK were both still on the board Gillis pulled the trigger and as the trade was being announced by Bettman Gillis was on the phone to Schneider.

      Life sucks when you are paid Millions to play a game!!!

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        This isn’t a game, this is their job. The argument that they’re playing a game is ridiculous and makes you sound ignorant.

  8. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    So they anoint Schneider the #1, talk for months how they were getting rid of Lu, then they don’t even bother to let Schneider know he’d been traded before he saw it on tv?

    That was one piece of news I hadn’t seen elsewhere. Well it only makes sense they’d mismanage that as well.

    • stakex - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Well the one thing I will say is that trades at the Draft happen on the fly and are announced almost right away. So its not unusual for a player to not be informed of the situation before its announced on TV. This just looks bad given all the other crap that’s happened with this situation.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        True, but this is your starting goalie. It’s just not how you treat people and for a free agent comparing similar situations, why would he choose the Canucks? The Bruins dealt with this same problem for years where guys didn’t want to come here.

      • ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        You have to wonder how this situation impacts their ability to attract free agents. Lu is one of the best goalies they’ve ever had along with Schneider. To see how they’ve been yanked around, I don’t know if I’d want to play in Vancouver, especially with their loony fanbase.

    • colby7 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Schneider blew it during the playoffs, the Canucks saw an oppurtunity to get away from him before his strock falls farther.

  9. stakex - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    In the end, this really shouldn’t have been much of a shock. Gillis made it clear he wanted to get something in return for one of these guys… and the only way Luongo was leaving the Canucks was with a buyout. So instead of paying Luongo for the next 18 years and getting nothing for it, they traded Schneider and got a 1st round pick. Considering that Lou really isn’t a bad goalie, the trade does make sense on a lot of levels.

    The problem is this should have been done last year, before the Canucks spent a year jerking Luongo around. Now I doubt Luongo will refuse to report to the Canucks since they could just suspend him and force his hand…. but I doubt he’s going to be too happy about it. Perhaps being the starter again will make him OK with the situation but I doubt it.

    On that point, the thing I don’t get is how in the hell could Gillis make this move without speaking to Luongo? He all but said the Canucks couldn’t get rid of him fast enough, and then he thinks Luongo will be more then happy to stay and play? Probably should have made sure of that first.

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      He can still pull a Nash and demand a trade out of an organization he’s completely sick of. Like you said, Gillis acted like he couldn’t wait to be free of Luongo and now he thinks he’ll be glad to play for them. Gillis blatantly takes him for granted. If I were Luongo I’d want out after all the jerking around I’d been subjected to in the last year.

      • stakex - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Absolutely. Going to be hard to go back to the Canucks and pretend everything’s fine.

        Again perhaps being made the starter without question, and with a new defensive minded coach, Luongo will be OK with staying. If he is its a win win situation. Gillis should have done the correct thing though and talked this over with Luongo before such a trade was even discussed.

  10. uscthom78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Luongo is on the phone with Timmy T. He needs his tires pumped.

  11. slysipops - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    sounds like the NUCKS have the mentality of the GREEN MEN ?

  12. spitfisher - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    The long and the short of it…..the NHL is entertainment and business. There is no more loyalty, that left years ago. Owners like it or not can do anything they lease, and do not have to let a player know ahead of time of thier intentions. Some of course do, but they are n ot obligated to do so.

    Luongo is surprised, what has he been living under a rock, that guy says some dumb things.

  13. hieronymous27 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Luongo mentally checked out of Vancouver months ago. Based on his quote in this article it doesn’t sound like he is all that keen on playing for the Canucks. Gillis would have been better off to bite the bullet and used the compliance buy-out. The first time Luongo has a bad game, or allows a soft goal the fans will be all over this guy and things will start to get really ugly.

  14. charlutes - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Schneider for a 9th overall pick is trade rape. Terrible deal for Gillis. Legacy defining.

  15. proudliberal85392 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM


  16. channelguy - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Luongo doesn’t have too many options. If he could have been traded before he would have been, so demanding a trade now won’t make him any more tradeable. He will suck it up and work at re-establishing his rep as a premier goaltender.

    The Canucks are likely better off this way. They have a VERY short window of about two years before the Sedins age and Keslers body falls apart. In the next two years, is Schneider likely to be a better goalie than Luongo? Vancouver thought so a year ago, but Luongo played better in the playoffs. Schneider didn’t play well at all when they put him in. Five years from now, Schneider will be the better goalie, but by then Canucks will be rebuilding.

    Schneider can’t be happy either. Lamoriello says Brodeur remains the starter, and it’s not a given he will retire after this year, as long as he stays healthy. So Schneider is a high-paid backup.

  17. jhuck92 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Nobody saw this coming. I stopped booing Bettman just long enough to hear the trade announced.

  18. hawkeedawg - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    As I said in another thread, most of you do not speak the facts about this fiasco.

    Edmonton pulled “THEIR” offer off the table late Saturday leaving the Nucks scrambling. Confirmed sources, TSN and Elliotte Freidman of CBC. They also said the deal for Schneider was complete very late Saturday but both GM’s agreed not to announce it so that Aqualini (Nucks owner) could fly to Florida to tell Luongo before the draft started. Gillis obviously had to stay at draft, thus the last minute flight by owner.

    Having said that. It is still a major SNAFU on the Nucks part.

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