There are multiple reports coming out of Vancouver claiming that Roberto Luongo will be givng the Canucks a list of teams he's willing to be traded to. The list will be given over next week, reports say, and it will include Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Sportsnet Pacific's host Don Taylor said on that show's Wed. April 25 broadcast that the Luongo list would be submitted next week but did not say the precise number of other teams on the list in addition to the Maple Leafs and Lightning. It was described as a "short" list.
On their website, Sportsnet Pacific says that Luongo has told their reporter Dan Murphy that both Toronto and Tampa Bay will be on the list and TSN is on record as saying that "sources" say Toronto is on the list. There is no direct quote from the goalie from either source.
Roberto Luongo: puts Canucks "ahead of me"
Speculation is high that Luongo, who turned 33 on April 4, will be traded by the Canucks. While that seemed unthinkable until recently, it took hold after Cory Schneider, 26, was given the game 3 start against the L. A. Kings in round one of the playoffs. While Vancouver lost the round and are out of the playoffs, Schneider played the final three games and allowed but 4 goals. Further, Schneider's strong playoff performance comes after an excellent regular season in which his 1.96 GAA third in the league and his .937 save percentage was second.
On Tuesday, as players cleaned out lockers, Luongo said he is willing to do whatever was best for the team, including agreeing to a trade. "I don't want to be one of those guys that will stand in the way of anything, I always want to put the team ahead of me and not be one of those selfish guys," he said. "There haven't been any decisions made, but over the course of the next little while we'll talk to Mike (GM Gillis) and make that decision."
Tampa and Toronto: Poorest Goals Against in NHL
Even before the reports that Tampa Bay would be on a list submitted by Luongo, that team was being speculated upon by media pundits and fans as a possible destination for Luongo. The Lightning could find cap room for Luongo, need a goalie, could be competitive with Luongo and are in the state where his wife is from.
Toronto was considered a less likely location, but had been included by media and fans because the Leafs are desperate to make the playoffs and their goaltending let them down last season. Also Luongo's friend and former goalie coach Francois Allaire works for Toronto and Leafs' asst. Dave Nonis was the GM in Vancouver who traded for Luongo six years ago.
Toronto finished 29th in goal against this past season in the NHL while Tampa Bay finished 30th and last. Other possible teams that might want Luongo include Chicago, whose number one goalie, Corey Crawford, had a poor season and playoff, and his former team, the Florida Panthers.