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Gillis Says the Canucks Have a Potential Trade for Luongo

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver CanucksMany people woke up this morning to a new Roberto Luongo rumor, and we have Vancouver Sun columnist, Cam Cole, to thank.

Cole posted an article last night that has Canucks GM Mike Gillis talking about why they haven’t traded Luongo already, and that they have a potential deal for him on the table.

Gillis on why the Canucks haven’t traded Luongo already.

“Roberto has a no-trade, so in discussions prior to the lockout, he had a say in where he was prepared to go. Once the lockout starts, you’re not permitted to even talk about player transactions, subject to huge fines and loss of draft picks. Then the lockout ends and suddenly, you’re trying to make a decision in four or five days about a premier player in this league, and it’s tough to make a trade of this magnitude in eight months, let alone four days. So we have him here, and we’re happy having him here.

“There wasn’t really time to do anything but this. And we’re going to let it play out. Lots of stuff is going to happen here in the first month.”

Gillis, then goes on to say that they have a potential deal with one team, but the pieces coming back don’t all fit with their plan. He hints that it’s not with the Maple Leafs

“We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have — and it’s not who anybody thinks it is — and so we have to wait. (But) we’ve been offered packages that don’t fit what our plan is, what we need,” said Gillis.

“Excess salary coming back with a [throw-in] player who can’t play in our lineup. They say, ‘OK, we’ll do this, but you’ve got to take this.’ Well, we’re not taking it. We’ve had lots of proposals like that with good pieces that can help us but the other part doesn’t help us, and oftentimes they have term attached to them, so we’d just be turning around and buying out a guy.

“I’d rather keep the guy we know, who’s a good person.”

It’s interesting that Gillis has come out and talked about this. Especially with Cory Schneider being pulled on Saturday after allowing five goals on 14 shots, and Luongo playing well on Sunday in a loss to the Oilers.

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Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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