Luongo talks potential trade, readiness for season
Monday, 01.07.2013 / 12:56 PM
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is in Florida preparing for the 2012-13 season, but for which team he plays that campaign remains in question.
Luongo told the Toronto Sun he has given Vancouver GM Mike Gillis "the green light" to do whatever is best for the team, including trading the three-time all-star goaltender.
Luongo has a no-trade clause in his contract, but said he would accept a trade in the right circumstances.
"It's a process," Luongo said. "I told Mike I gave him the green light to do whatever he needs to do that's best for the team. Whatever that is, how much time that will be, I don't know. I'm prepared right now to go up to Vancouver and start training camp. Unless Mike tells me otherwise, I'm ready to go, Iím excited. I miss being around the guys."
Luongo, who has spent the last six seasons with the Canucks, is the franchise's all-time leader with 224 wins and 33 shutouts. His 32 postseason wins are second all-time, and he backstopped the Canucks' run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
However, he lost his starting job to Cory Schneider during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Luongo makes his offseason home in the Miami area, making the Panthers -- the team he spent five seasons with prior to being traded to Vancouver -- an obvious -- and desirable -- landing spot. But another team that could use an accomplished veteran goalie is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I have a lot of respect for Toronto, [GM] Brian Burke and the Leafs," Luongo said. "They are obviously part of the equation, there's no denying that. But there's a lot of things that can happen. I want to make sure I'm aware of the possibilities."
He added that the pressure of playing in Toronto would not be something that would bother him.
"We all know what expectations are in the Canadian markets," Luongo said. "It's not something that would be new to me. It's something I can handle."