A look at how the NHL’s latest proposal could affect the Canucks efforts to move Roberto Luongo after the lockout, plus speculation the Canucks already have a deal in place to move Luongo.


Could NHL’s new CBA proposal hamper Canucks efforts to trade Luongo?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford examined how a stipulation in the latest NHL CBA proposal regarding existing contracts over five years in length could affect the Canucks efforts to move Roberto Luongo following the lockout:

” Essentially, in deals longer than five years, the average cap hit will continue to count after the player retires for the length of the contract. By the way, Luongo is 33, and has 10 years left on his deal.

The proposal even has this kicker: If the player is traded, his cap hit when he retires will revert back to the original team that signed him to the back-diving contract. (Enjoy the new acronym BDC).
So, the Canucks deal Luongo, he hangs them up to go play professional poker, and it’s Vancouver which is on the hook for his $5.3 million cap hit until 2022.”
Botchford suggests this could provide the Canucks arch-rivals with more incentive to acquire Luongo, as “they’d get the goalie and get to watch the Canucks get screwed when the goalie retires”. He doubts this would change the Canucks plans to deal Luongo, or have any impact upon the dynamics of a trade. As Luongo could play another six or seven years, this moves this debate to the next CBA, as most players under contracts like Luongo’s won’t retire until then.
VANCOUVER SUN’s Brad Ziemer reported the following on Twitter: “Interesting to hear @JSportsnet say he believes #Canucks and #Leafs have Luongo trade all but done and are just waiting for CBA resolution.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell if John Shannon (@JSportsnet) is right. So far, that’s just speculation on his part, nor did he mention which players would head to Vancouver. As for the impact upon contracts like Luongo’s if his new CBA proposal were to  be implemented, I concur with Botchford’s take. I doubt it’ll have any impact upon the club’s efforts to move him. Still, if Luongo were to retire over the next six years, it would certainly put the screws to the Canucks payroll.