Goaltender Roberto Luongo says he is open to a trade, no matter how long it takes the Vancouver Canucks to deal him.
Canucks’ Luongo faces
Roberto Luongo says he is open to a trade, no matter how long it takes the Vancouver Canucks to deal him.
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The 33-year-old goaltender returned to the ice for an informal workout with Canucks teammates Friday while facing an uncertain future.
Luongo, a three-time All-Star, was displaced as Vancouver’s No. 1 goalie by 26-year-old Cory Schneider in last year’s playoffs. After the season, Luongo said he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, but general manager Mike Gillis couldn’t swing a deal before the 113-day NHL lockout began in September.
“I told (Gillis) I was ready to go as long as it took,” Luongo said. “Whether it’s a couple days, next week, two weeks, at the end of the season, it’s totally fine with me.”
Luongo has long been rumored to be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Trades are prohibited until players have ratified the proposed new collective-bargaining agreement, which is expected to happen Saturday. Training camps might open Sunday.
Luongo ($5.3 million) and Schneider ($4 million) count for $9.3 million on Vancouver’s salary cap. The cap is to be reduced to $64.3 million next season, from a prorated $70.2 million this season.
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