The Vancouver Canucks may have to move quickly if they hope to trade Roberto Luongo post-lockout.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Roberto Luongo situation will consume the Vancouver sports landscape post-lockout. Though it’s believed the Canucks will move quickly to trade him, they’ll still have to “smoke out” the right deal. Botchford notes the team and Luongo have been prepared to start the season with Luongo and Cory Schneider if it takes time to find the right deal. Some followers suggest the Canucks should retain Luongo for another run at the Stanley Cup post-lockout, but Botchford believes the veteran goalie’s prolonged presence would create a season-long distraction, plus rob the Canucks of a chance to bolster their depth with the return from a Luongo trade. As for potentially weakening the Canucks in goal, Botchford believes that depends on Schneider’s performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was obvious this summer the Canucks weren’t going to just rush into trading Luongo, but the approaching lockout gave them the luxury of time. If this lockout ends in time to salvage what remains of this season, however, the Canucks may have to move quickly. It’s possible they could start the season with Luongo in hopes of getting a better return as the season progresses. It also depends upon what’s contained in the next CBA. If there is a provision allowing teams to move cap space via trade, that could be a significant factor in a Luongo trade.