Roberto Luongo finally breaks his silence about the Schneider trade and his future with the Vancouver Canucks, Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Frolik are reunited, and ten players not invited to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp who could still make the team.
TSN.CA: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo ended his lengthy silence on the Cory Schneider trade and his future with the club. As expected, Luongo was mentally committed to moving on from the Canucks following last season and was understandably shocked when Schneider was traded instead of him.
Luongo also spoke with the NHLPA in May about the possibility of voiding his contract. Luongo intends to honor his contract and re-establish himself among the league’s best goaltenders, but couldn’t directly say if he still wanted to be dealt. Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province believes it’ll be Luongo’s performance this coming season which will ultimately do the talking.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo’s situation is a prime example of a player and a team agreeing to a long-term contract which eventually becomes a millstone for both. If Canucks management wants to dump Luongo’s contract, they’ll either have to pick up half the cost in a trade, or go the compliance buyout route next summer, where the cost won’t count against their cap. As for Luongo, the only way I can see on his part to get out of his contract is NHL retirement, either permanently or to play overseas, and hope the NHL doesn’t contest the latter.
WINNIPEG SUN: Childhood friends and teammates Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Frolik were reunited when the Jets acquired the latter via trade.
CALGARY HERALD: Jason Spezza, Jarome Iginla, Brian Campbell, Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, Francois Beauchemin, Justin Schultz, Derick Brassard and P.A. Parenteau are ten players who weren’t invited to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp, but could still play their way onto the roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of this group, Spezza, Campbell and Ward stand the best chance.