Reaction to Roberto Luongo’s admission of his willingness to waive his “no-trade” clause, plus the possibility of the Canucks shopping Ryan Kesler.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector (no relation) interprets Roberto Luongo’s admission he’d agree to waive his no-trade clause if asked to do so by management to mean if he cannot be the Canucks starting goalie, management should ask him for a list of preferred destinations. Spector believes that will happen in the near future, as GM Mike Gillis could try to move Luongo before July 1st to free up cap space for other moves, as well as avoid a messy divorce.
NATIONAL POST: Sean Fitzgerald listed the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks as potential destinations for Luongo, citing the potential difficulties of trading the goalie to those clubs.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes Luongo is the answer to the Maple Leafs goaltending problems, and while acknowledging GM Brian Burke’s distaste for contracts like Luongo, also noted assistant GM Dave Nonis was the man who brought the goalie to Vancouver from Florida six years ago.
TSN’s James Duthie reported via Twitter yesterday “Contrary to some Twitter talk, Luongo has not submitted a list of teams to the Canucks.”
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre doesn’t advocate the Canucks trade two-way center Ryan Kesler, but doesn’t consider it as unthinkable as it once way, suggesting no other move would so instantly transform and rebrand the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A Luongo trade is more of a certainty today in the wake of his admission he’s willing to waive his trade clause than it was a day ago. The Blue Jackets would be the best fit, as they desperately need a quality starting goalie, possess sufficient cap space, and the willingness to invest in a goalie like him. The question, of course, is if he’d prefer to go there. Simmons makes a good point about Nonis’ ties to Luongo, but can Nonis convince Burke that the netminder’s big contract is worthwhile? I don’t believe the Lightning, Oilers and Blackhawks are legit destinations. As for moving Kesler, I don’t believe Canucks GM Mike Gillis has any interest in doing that, as his focus will be upon finding a trade partner for Luongo.