Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Vancouver Canucks starting goaltender Roberto Luongo is willing to wait until the team gets the best deal out of trading him.
He has told Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks president and general manager, that he was prepared to wait as long as it took.
“Whether that’s a couple days, next week, two weeks, or at the end of the season, it’s totally fine with me,” Luongo said.
Gillis wants two or three good players for the experienced and established netminder.
Luongo also said he is flexible at to which team he could be traded, although he had previously mentioned a preference for Florida.
“I’m open to a lot of possibilities. I think me and Mike right now are on the same page about certain things and until there’s an answer for me I’ll just wait patiently.”
He added that he is focused on playing for the Canucks until told otherwise.
Last April, Luongo had said he would waive the no-trade clause in hiscontract after he was benched for backup Cory Schneider and the Canucks were ousted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
Luongo said his no-trade clause doesn’t really mean much at this point.
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault praised his goaltenders, who in large part carried the team last season, as the Canucks scoring evaporated.
“Right now I have two top-end goaltenders,” Vigneault said as he evaded the question whether Schneider is the team’s starter as training camp begins.