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Gillis: Canucks won't give away Luongo

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 3:24 PM
2012-13 Training Camp blog

Roberto Luongo's time in Vancouver may be coming to an end, but Canucks general manager Mike Gillis won't give away the winningest goaltender in franchise history.

Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors since the Canucks signed Cory Schneider to a three-year, $12 million deal this summer with the expectation that he'll take over the starting job. Luongo is set to begin the third year of a 12-year contract that carries a $5.3 million cap hit, and the Canucks would rather not carry both players.

But Gillis isn't just going to throw the best goaltender in franchise history over the side.

"We're at a point where we expect high-caliber players coming back to us should moves be made," he said during meeting with the media on Sunday. "We're sticking to that."

Luongo has said he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, and has told Gillis to take as long as needed to make a deal.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1