Canucks finally trade Luongo

Luongo moves to opposite corner of the continent in trade

3/4/14 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - Canucks finally trade LuongoThe goalie who took Canada to a gold medal in 2010 , controlled the pipes for the Canucks for four years, and lost his starting position to Cory Schneider last year has been traded.  Luongo and forward, Steven Anthony, will make the move to the opposite corner of the continent, to the the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers send goalie, Jacob Markstrom, and forward, Shawn Mathias, to Vancouver.

Luongo was reportedly surprised by the trade, but says he is happy for himself and his family, all while being sad about leaving Vancouver.  

At 35, Luongo doesn't have too many more years as a top tier goalie ahead, but is a huge name in Florida and the team looks forward to his arrival.

Although Luongo regained the starting goalie position for Vancouver this year, he has not been between the pipes in recent games, as Eddie Lack has taken over.  Luongo also lost the starting position in the Sochi Olympics, as Carey Price of Montreal was the shining star for Canada.  Since returning from Sochi, Luongo has ridden the bench.  He says he had mostly relaxed, and not stressed about the trades, as there didn't seem to be anything in the works, however, today's move seems almost predictable  now that it has happened. Luongo played in Florida twice in the early 2000's, and has made it clear he wanted to return.

The deadline for trading is tomorrow at 3:00 pm.
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3/6/14   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Scott wrote:
I can't for the life of me figure out what the Canucks front office is doing.  It's a known fact that goalie is the most important part of a franchise yet in the span of 8 months, they have traded known commodities in Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo for very little.

As a Calgary Flames fan, and a Canuck hater, I just say they should keep right on effing it all up.  Only makes it easier to smile at the Canuck fans I work with..........

3/5/14   |   Scott   |   51998 respect

I can't for the life of me figure out what the Canucks front office is doing.  It's a known fact that goalie is the most important part of a franchise yet in the span of 8 months, they have traded known commodities in Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo for very little.