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Canucks trade Luongo to Panthers

Mar 4, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

Didn’t I tell you this was possible? OK, so all the maybes I used…

…doesn’t make it quite as impressive, but this deal makes sense for a number of reasons.

— Florida was always Luongo’s first choice as a destination, for family reasons. It was even reported in June of 2012 that the Panthers were “getting ready” for his return. Now, with new, aggressive ownership in Florida, along with the Canucks apparently agreeing to take on some of Luongo’s salary, the time was right.

— Even after Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey at the draft, it was pretty obvious that Luongo still wanted out of Vancouver. What happened this weekend at the Heritage Classic didn’t help his happiness.

— I’m not sure Mike Gillis drew it up quite like this, but in Markstrom and Lack, the Canucks now have two young, cheap goalies. There’s no guarantee either will pan out in the long term, but then again, there’s no telling how Luongo, soon to be 35, will perform either. Remember that Schneider also netted the Canucks Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick in the draft, and he could turn out to be a key player in the near future.

Shawn Matthias is a player the Canucks have been interested in for some time now.

Per TEAM 1040, here’s audio of Luongo talking about the trade.

“It’s nice. It’s home,” he said of being traded to Florida. “The new ownership there is committed to winning. There’s some good, young players there. It’s a good opportunity for me.”

Related: New Panthers prez is ‘incredibly optimistic’ about franchise’s future

  1. rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Alright, now let’s wait for news of where Tim Thomas is going. Van or Was? lol

    • jessejames182 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM


      • thailer35 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        More important question here, who backs up Eddie Lack tonight in phoenix?

    • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      “So Timmy, here’s the deal: we just traded for Luongo. You can play second fiddle to him for the rest of the season or, if you prefer, we’ve got an agreement in place to send you to Washington.”

      • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Breaking news: Tim Thomas announces his retirement

      • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        (11:45pm) This just in: Tim Thomas refuses to board flight back to Florida, says will remain in Boston

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      I would love to be a fly on the wall to see what the Luongo/Thomas dynamic looks like if Timmy doesn’t get moved.

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      He had just gotten a new paint job on this mask, too

    • c9castine - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      How about nowhere. Thank god it’s over.

      How’s this for a general manager….in the few years since they went to the finals and lost, a goalie controversy was created, with a subsequent trade of your new number 1′ going back to your old number 1 while firing your stable long time coach and bringing in the most volatile coach in the NHL and then creating another goalie controversy then trading the guy you’ve been jerking around for 2 years and falling out of the playoff picture.

      This ladies and gentleman, is exhibit A as to why you don’t lose faith in your top staff and players and blow things up just because you don’t win the Stanley cup.

  2. barkar942 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I guess this means that Torts was just doing as told from management not to play him since the break so there was no chance of him being hurt so they could get this deal done.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      I should go Joey, and dig up my comment to that effect from Sunday.

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        We call that pulling a “JO”… as in “jackoff”

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        You should! Don Cherry does it all the time. Contrary to many here I would not upset me if you did. Go for it! It’s all fun and games here. Right?

      • imleftcoast - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        imleftcoast – Mar 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        This was pretty obviously related to getting a trade done. It’s the media (and PHT trolls) who have their panties in a knot.

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        How smug do you feel right now, leftcoast? Are you smelling your own farts like joey does? 😉

      • imleftcoast - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Oh, sweet farts. Next, I’ll join the Joey/Blomfeld circle jerk.

  3. 101starmymedic - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

  4. lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Wow! I’m guessing for Thomas a pick and a player. Surprised at this, but Vancouver isn’t contending this year anyways. Good for them to get him out, good for Florida to get a proven goalie with a long term contract.

  5. tdrusher225 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Luongo and Thomas on the same team. Can you imagine if someone told you this 3 years ago?

    • govtminion - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      I was just thinking, that’s going to be a weird locker room if Lou gets there and they haven’t traded Thomas. “Oh… it’s YOU.”

      • westinpat - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Let the tire pumping begin.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Thomas to Minnesota?

  7. flyerspsu - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    2 things:

    1). really dumb for Florida, not sure why a team in the early stages of rebuilding would do this

    2). this seems to ensure the Canucks are blowing the team up and will very likely deal Kesler any moment

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      To keep the floor cap, no? (In regards to point #1)

      (Floor cap? Is that even the correct way of stating it? I have been sick as a dog for a week, mind is a train wreck.)

    • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Florida isn’t necessarily in the early stages of rebuilding– the purse strings were going to loosen starting this off-season, so they’re likely going to be loading up on free agents anyways (similar to a few season ago when they made the playoffs). Tim Thomas is nearing the end of his career and seem they thought Markstrom is too much of a project. In that context, Luongo, with some of his salary being retained by Van, isn’t that bad of a play.

      • flyerspsu - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        fair enough, i still wouldnt give up 2 young pieces like Florida did considering where they are at

    • alicesrightfootesq - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Florida banked a lot on Markstrom becoming the blue-chip talent he was projected to be. But that didn’t pan out and Lu gives them breathing room until they find a new kid to develop.

  8. thailer35 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Markstrom is going to VAN per whatever update just buzzed on my phone. Timmy Thomas and Lou on the same team?? Let the hilarity* ensue!

    *I actually like both of these guys, but this should be interesting to say the least!

  9. joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Way to go blomfeld. You are the man of men here on PHT. Truly a brilliant, humorous communicator and great hockey mind.

    I hope this marks the end of the TT era. What a waste of money that was.

    • thomasvanek - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      How much did blomfeld pay you to hop on his D. Why would he choose you anyway, the second most hated person on the site?

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        LOL! Ok! Way to go thomasvanek. You are the man of men here on PHT.

        Is that better?

      • thomasvanek - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Much better thank you

    • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Thank you friend, you are too kind ! :)

      Joey, while I will plead guilty to the charge of ‘attempt to humor’ here at PHT, I’m at the same time obliged to ‘stand down’ in the presence of your ‘infinitely’ superior hockey knowledge and experience ! :)

      GO JOEY !! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      *** Special ‘Hello Florida’ Video Selection for Comrade Joey c/o Al Jazeera Sports ***

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        pass the lsd

  10. crazemastercraze - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Finally. Cannot stop drama with Lou end now please

    • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM


      • pxland - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        This can for easy to understood be.

  11. jacketsfan7 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    From what I’ve heard Vancouver is getting Jacob Markkstrom and somebody else

  12. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Thomas beat him in the SCF and then beat him to the sunshine state. Let the tire pumping begin.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    The other player in the trade has not been identified yet

  14. sjsharks66 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Poor Lu.. Treated poorly in Van for years and now is playing on the Panthers. He should be on a contending team. He is a great goalie that deserves to have a chance at the Cup…again

    • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Yes! We should all feel bad for a player with a $64 million contract. (sarcasm)

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Oh so their personal feelings don’t matter because of the money, but the same can’t be said about them getting hurt in a fight?


      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Idiot? Moron? Are you comparing a degenerative brain disease to playing for a non cup contender? Does your fart smell? Oh! Wait! You probably couldn’t find you a$$ with a mirror and a GPS. :-)

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        What if Bobby Lou gets depressed and kills himself? Won’t you feel like an arse? 😳

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        “What if Bobby Lou gets depressed and kills himself?” …

        Trust me friend, there’s positively ‘zero’ chance of that happening ! Luongo’s been praying for this day to come for more than two years ! :)

  15. storminator16 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    This deal should have been made last year. Mike Gillis is officially the worst GM ever.

    • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Now he’s hoping he had not traded Schneider.

    • thatsdoinit - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Steve Tambellini

  16. canucks30 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Good trade for both teams. Best of luck to Luongo in Florida. Greatest Canuck goaltender of all time.

  17. ruthlessandtoothless - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Canucks must be in selling mode now right? Their playoff hopes are on a rookie goalie with 25 games and a goalie prospect right now

    • flyerspsu - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      yeah it seems they are in blow up mode, Kesler will very likely be dealt real soon

  18. jacketsfan7 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Sorry my comments just sent so I look like a dumbass right now

  19. jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    “Didn’t I tell you this was possible?”

    You sound like joey4id… congrats, you want a pancake or something?

    • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Why does that get your attention? :-)

    • Jason Brough - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Sure, swing on by and make some for me.

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Mr. Brough, are you trying to seduce me? 😏

  20. hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I don’t really understand this deal from Florida’s point of view. They need a youth movement and having a ton of money tied up in an aging goalie for the next eight years doesn’t really seem to help build their program.

    • bwayblueshirt - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Having an Elite goaltender can make up for a lot of other shortcomings (look at NYR, COL, CBJ, Preds). This is a good trade for Florida, because they absolutely need to be a contender next year to save the franchise. If they can add a veteran shut-down d-man or two I actually like their chances next year after this move.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Goaltending wasn’t the problem this year, their entire team is horrific in the defensive zone.

  21. bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Mike Gillis sucks. Hopefully he gets an extension.

  22. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    He’s home!!!! <3 <3

  23. joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Many don’t understand why a team in the rebuilding phase would want a 34 year old goalie on their team. Let me break it down for you. Teams that decide to go for the youth movement need a mature and mentally strong goalie. Younger players won’t be as strong mentally as the seasoned player (26/26 year old). A shaky goalie will test the mental toughness of the whole team, and lengthen their development process. Solid goal tending, good d and good centers are the keys. Always build your teams starting from the back. Besides, the Nucks are on the hook for a portion of his salary. Send TT home and you can put $3.75 mill to better use.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Vancouver is only picking up $800k/year so it’ not as if you’re getting a great deal.

      I disagree with them needing to overspend on a goalie with where they’re at. Thomas is still a top 10 goalie in the league and the team in front of him is just horrific defensively.

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        TT has been hurt a lot this year and will turn 40 in April. Time for them to part with him. Where would you rate Luongo? Top 4 or 5? Panthers will pay him 5.9 for the next 3 years, then 2,5, 800k and so on….. Not bad….

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        That’s true.

        I think Luongo is better than what he’s shown in Vancouver the last few years. It looked like the team played like they had a top 3 goalie behind them and allowed a lot of defensive lapses which made it tougher on Luongo.

        It seems like Luongo is more suited for a St Louis situation, (a true #1 away from Cup contention), rather than a large-scale rebuild from the crease on out.

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Just heard that the Nucks a picking up a little more than 800k. It was reported that they agreed to pay 15% of his salary.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Yea I saw that, Capgeek gave me bad info for the first time ever

    • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      So insightful! Did you come up with that theory, yourself? Thank you for “breaking it down” for us… jack@$$

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Your are welcome. Please call me Joey. 😉

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Ok, JO…

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        He actually does have one of the more thought-out posts on here so I’m not sure why you’re running him down when there are 42 other posts with people posting the same hack joke over and over.

      • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Really? Seems more along the lines of common sense to me. I guess I overestimated the general sports knowledge of you guys. 😉

  24. jernster21 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Dude, how does Mike Gillis have a freakin job? They went from Stanley Cup contenders in recent years to almost a full on rebuild. I feel bad for the Sedin’s for resigning there. Hiring Torts was the biggest mistake of all because he has a team that was built for AV’s style and now they have to dismantle it and bring in dudes that will play his style.

  25. soro17 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    More Panthers to the Canucks…. because it has worked so well in the past for the Canucks. Nice work Gillis.

  26. indianhead1992 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    It’s shocking how quickly Vancouver fell apart as an organization, when they were one of the best just a few years ago. Gillis did poorly managing his goalies and now they only have Lack and Markstrom; from having Luongo and Schneider. It’s unbelievable what unfolded there between the coaches, players, and front office, what disaster.
    For Florida, maybe they felt there was not any good goalies coming through the Draft in the next 2-3 years and Canucks will eat some of the contract. Florida has a nice little thing going down there with Tallon, let’s see where they will be in 3 years. That’s how long it’s going to take to see if Luongo trade was good or not.

  27. soro17 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Luongo and Schneider for Markstrom, Horvat and Matthias. Excellent asset management.

  28. comeonnowguys - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    So many people here want a cookie that I ran out. Who wants gold stars, instead?

    • jhaegs - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      I’m down for some flapjacks…

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM


  29. oquintero99 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I’m no Canucks fan but Gillis should be fired. He lost both franchise goalies in less than two years. If the Canucks had this in mind since last year, they should not have traded Schneider. I don’t think Gillis will last another year…unless the Canucks’ owner is also dysfunctional. On the other hand, the Panthers now have a good goalie tandem (if Thomas stays, which I highly doubt it), or trade bait (if Thomas is traded).

    Anybody knows who the Panthers have as goalie prospects?

    • rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Trading Schneider was probably the greater sin, though in a few year’s time maybe Horvat tips the scale back in Gillis’ favor. But think about it– it was the league’s worst kept secret that Luongo wanted out and was basically only willing to go to back to Florida, so with that in mind Gillis was lucky to get anything other than bag of pucks or a bloated contract coming the other way. One also has to consider what will be done with the cap space cleared from moving Luongo.

  30. oquintero99 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Forgot to add: for once, this is not Torts fault.

  31. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    In a matter of weeks, the Panthers’ 3 goalies will be aged 35, 36 and 40. Hmmm.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Well two of them are UFAs after this season.

  32. 950003cups - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM


  33. jpat2424 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    If you told both bobby Lou and Schneider traded same season. I would have thought you were crazy. Guess I’m the only crazy one here. Go hawks

  34. earpaniac - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I cannot figure out how Gilles still has a job. Giving Lou the deal the first place was his first mistake, and it just snowballed.

  35. hawksin5 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM


  36. slysipops - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    how long before the old chants of LOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU stop echoing from the rafters in NUCKLAND ?????

  37. ray2013 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I think the division changes have had more to do with their record this year than anything else. You can’t really blame Gillis for that. But there are a lot of areas still you can legitimately criticize him.

  38. jimw81 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    happy Luongo was set free

  39. patshal - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Go Thomas. I have a feeling Luongo is going to make a fool out of him and win the starting job. As a Bruins fan, I don’t want to see that happen.

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