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08:22 AM ET 04.24 | A 2-1 overtime loss to the Kings ended Vancouver's season on Sunday, and there are some who believe it ended Roberto Luongo's tenure in a Canucks uniform. After starting Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference quarter-final, Luongo gave way to 26-year-old Cory Schneider for the remainder of the series. After relinquishing his starting duties in back-to-back elimination games, speculation is that Luongo's future with the Canucks is in jeopardy. ... Luongo could approve a trade back to the Panthers, especially considering his wife, Gina, is from South Florida. With goalie Scott Clemmensen set to become an unrestricted free agent, and one year remaining on Jose Theodore's contract after this season, the Panthers have $23.65 million in cap space.

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April 24, 2012  08:42 AM ET

No, thank you. We don't want that contract either. And tell the chets (flips a loony to Hank to avoid copyright infringement suit) at the Vancouver Sun to quit fantasizing about unloading their prize albatross (cue the Python refercences) on others.

April 24, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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I have a feeling Vancouver's going to have to sweeten the pot for anyone to take Lu off their hands. Throwing in a Burrows or a Kesler, something along those lines. And it might be for the best, really.

maybe add some candy as well

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April 24, 2012  08:56 AM ET

To Toronto for a first and a second. Bank on it! The Irked One can't resist sacrificing the future for someone.

Plus, he isn't from Toronto, so that should clinch Luongo going to Toronto.

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April 24, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I have a feeling Vancouver's going to have to sweeten the pot for anyone to take Lu off their hands. Throwing in a Burrows or a Kesler, something along those lines. And it might be for the best, really.

IF they can get Stevie Y to take that deal...Kessler included...it could make for an interesting deal for Tampa.
Change of scenery does wonders for some people

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April 24, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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IF they can get Stevie Y to take that deal...Kessler included...it could make for an interesting deal for Tampa.Change of scenery does wonders for some people

What do you think Stevie Y would give up in that scenario?

April 24, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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IF they can get Stevie Y to take that deal...Kessler included...it could make for an interesting deal for Tampa.Change of scenery does wonders for some people

that is one giant IF

April 24, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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IF they can get Stevie Y to take that deal...Kessler included...it could make for an interesting deal for Tampa.Change of scenery does wonders for some people

I didn't realize it, but Luongo is 33 already. He's been around forever and he's a throw-in in a bigger deal at this point. He's never been "the guy", no matter how much the media says he is. Never in the top-2 in save percentage, never the best GAA an all-star only 3 times in a 12 year career.

If Vancouver does get rid of him, he will not be the best player in the trade leaving Vancouver, and Vancouver will get little in return.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

April 24, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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To Toronto for a first and a second. Bank on it! The Irked One can't resist sacrificing the future for someone.Plus, he isn't from Toronto, so that should clinch Luongo going to Toronto.

+100

April 24, 2012  09:18 AM ET

How about option 3? What is Jeff Gillooly up to these days? He's good at hammering skaters in the knees.

April 24, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Exactly. If Tampa offers Malone and Hedman, why not. Could be one of those deals that goes great for both sides.

And Malone gives the Nucks something resembling a backbone....

April 24, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Not for nuthin' but the NTC in Luongo's contract doesn't even allow him to move until 2014. I don't think that can be overridden, even if both sides agree that putting a stamp on Luongo's head and mailing him out of town is for the best.

I mentioned what his clause had yesterday, here it is:

NTC (player can supply five-team trade list following final game of 2013-14, valid through July 15, 2014; if player does not submit trade list at that time, team can request a five-team trade list following final game of 2017-18 season, valid through Sept. 1, 2018). If player submitted a trade list in 2014 and was not moved, team loses right to request trade list in 2018.

Would the union allow parts of a contract to be ignored? I doubt it because it would render a lot of other clauses null and void.

April 24, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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How about option 3? What is Jeff Gillooly up to these days? He's good at hammering skaters in the knees.

no good. Luongo would thing it was a puck and the hammer would go 5 hole out of habit. Like trying to match poles on a magnet

April 24, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Also, Kessler has a full NTC starting in 2012-2013, which I believe is July 1.

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April 24, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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I didn't realize it, but Luongo is 33 already. He's been around forever and he's a throw-in in a bigger deal at this point. He's never been "the guy", no matter how much the media says he is. Never in the top-2 in save percentage, never the best GAA an all-star only 3 times in a 12 year career.If Vancouver does get rid of him, he will not be the best player in the trade leaving Vancouver, and Vancouver will get little in return.Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

In all honesty, he's still considered a top end goalie, maybe not the elite but top end, don't you think some teams will be going after him and have to give up something to get him. I mean it might not be a bounty, but do you really think it would be like a 5th to get him, or Vancouver would have to give up someone good to go with him for someone to take him.

I say Columbus should go after him. No pressure there, they have no goaltending, and he would be a marquee name.

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