Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis said Thursday he wasn't ready to make any decisions regarding his goaltending.
Speaking on radio station 1040 AM in Vancouver, Gillis said he had met with goaltender Roberto Luongo, but would not specifically address what was said in the meeting, only saying that they would meet again to discuss their approach to the offseason.
"We just decided that we'd take a couple days here and take a deep breath -- everything has happened so quickly -- and collect our thoughts," Gillis said. "Get together at the beginning of next week or talk on the telephone next week and see where he was at and how he felt about the team and how he felt about himself and go from there."
Talking with reporters Tuesday, two days after the Canucks' season ended with a loss to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Luongo had said he would waive the no-trade clause in his contract if the Canucks asked.
However, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported Thursday that Luongo had told Gillis he wanted to be traded.
Gillis would not comment on what he and Luongo discussed, only repeating that they would meet again in the near future.
"We've met but we decided that we were going to take our time and meet in a few days, talk in a few days on the phone," Gillis said. "I'm not quite sure why something like that would be out there."
Luongo lost his starting job after allowing a total of seven goals in the first two games of the series with the Kings, both Canucks losses. He was replaced for the final three games by Cory Schneider, who allowed four goals in the final three games, but the Canucks still lost the series.
Schneider can become a restricted free agent if not signed by July 1, adding a bit of immediacy to the Canucks' decision-making process.
Gillis, however, said he wasn’t rushing to make any decision on the future of his goaltenders.
"I think we all need to take a deep breath," he said. "An early exit from the playoffs and not meeting expectations can lead you to make some pretty poor decisions in a real hurry. I think we all need to step back for a couple days here and not do anything, not think about it for a little bit, and then begin to plan out what we want to do with this team over the course of the summer and for the upcoming season. It's a little premature to start down that path already."
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In six seasons with the Canucks, Luongo has won a franchise-record 224 games, posted a 2.35 goals-against average, a club-record 33 shutouts and has backstopped the Canucks to back-to-back Presidents' Trophies. And while he led the Canucks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last year, he's just 32-29 in 61 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Schneider earned a bigger share of the regular-season playing time this season. He played a career-high 33 games, including starting the much-ballyhooed Stanley Cup Final rematch in Boston in January, as well as two starts against the Blackhawks and one game against the Red Wings. He went 20-8-1, and finished in the top three in the League with a 1.97 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
"I've always been about the team first, and obviously they got a guy here who is going to be a superstar in this League the next 10, 12, 15 years," Luongo said of Schneider. "I loved being here the last six years, I think my career has really taken off, done some incredible things, and if I'm here in the future, then great, and if I'm not, that's good also."
Luongo, 33, has 10 years remaining on the 12-year, $64 million contract he signed in September 2009. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday that Luongo is working on a list of teams to which he would accept a trade. According to LeBrun's source, teams on that list could include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils, although the list is not finalized.
The Maple Leafs are intriguing because Luongo is very close with their goalie coach, Francois Allaire, and Maple Leafs Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations David Nonis was the GM who brought Luongo to Vancouver.
The two Florida teams also could be a match as Luongo's wife is from Florida.
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