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    Report: Luongo willing to waive NTC - Will submit list of teams (post 13)

    VANCOUVER — Roberto Luongo has seen the handwriting on the dressing room wall and revealed Tuesday he will waive his no-trade clause if Vancouver Canuck management feels this is the best move for the NHL team.

    Luongo, 33, was supplanted by Cory Schneider during the Canucks' final three playoff games and even he admitted that Schneider is a budding superstar netminder. Schneider is seven years younger than Luongo and his numbers this past season, playing behind the same defence, were vastly superior to Luongo's both during the regular season and the brief playoff run.

    Asked point-blank if he would waive the no-trade clause, Luongo replied: “Yeah, of course, if they ask me to. I don't want to be one of those guys who is going to stand in the way of anything. I always want to put the team ahead of me. I don't want to be one of those selfish guys.

    “Obviously they have a guy here who is going to be a superstar in this league for the next 10, 12, 15 years so I'm okay with it. It is a business and that's the way it goes. I've loved being here the last six years. If I'm here in the future, then great. If I'm not, that's good also.”

    Luongo still has 10 years and approximately $47 million left on his whopper of a contract. His cap hit is $5.33 million. Schneider, meanwhile, stands to become a restricted free agent July 1. He made $900,000 each of the last two seasons and is in line for a nice, fat bump in pay.

    It seems difficult to envision any scenario next season in which Luongo and Schneider are both back with the Canucks. Luongo is a career No. 1 starter and Schneider appears ready for the same status. Trading Luongo will fetch an asset, or assets, in return while also freeing up cap space.

    “I'm not sure what I would do if I was GM,” Luongo said. “It's a very unique circumstance we're in, I think, where we have an elite young guy who is up and coming and is probably going to dominate the league for many years. Cory was in a spot where he earned a playoff start. He had played extremely well, not only this year, but last year as well.

    “Like I mentioned, it's going to be what's best for the team,” he continued. “Whether that involves me being here or not, is okay. I've learned over the course of my career that things change quickly. With anything, you don't want to look too far ahead because life has a lot of curve balls.”

    According to Luongo, he and Canucks GM Mike Gillis have already met once and will meet again to “draw up a plan.” Gillis admitted that Schneider's sublime play has altered management's thinking.

    “The emergence of Cory to be so outstanding as a young goalie changes the landscape,” Gillis said Tuesday in his post-mortem. “We're in the middle of a changing landscape that we need to evaluate properly. It isn't by accident that we played Cory in those [tough] games this year. We wanted to see if he was capable of being as good as we thought he was — and he is.”

    Schneider, who has been politically correct throughout this changing of the guard, remained so Tuesday. He again praised Luongo for his accomplishments and guidance but also conceded that neither would be happy wearing a ballcap for large stretches next season.

    “I'm not a young prospect anymore, I'm 26, ” Schneider noted. “Roberto and I are both proud guys, we're both competitors and we want to play. It's tough for either one of us to sit out, especially considering that he's been one of the most dominant goalies the past decade in this league and he still has plenty of good years left.

    “If I could accomplish half of what he's done thus far, I think that would be a pretty good career. I learned a lot from him.”

    Asked if he would like to sign long term with the Canucks, assuming that type of deal is offered, Schneider claimed he hasn't peered that far ahead.

    “Right now, I'm not really thinking about being rewarded, or money, or anything like that,” he responded. “It's something I haven't discussed with my agent and my family. We haven't spoken to the team at all so I don't know what they're thinking. I just can't answer that [contract] question right now.”

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    He's saying the right things. It will be a sad day when the Canucks trade him, but he'll be 34 next year and only regress. Cory is ready to take over.

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    Code for "I can' wait to get out of here but I'm saying all the right things; I'll party when I land in a new destination".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    He's saying the right things. It will be a sad day when the Canucks trade him, but he'll be 34 next year and only regress. Cory is ready to take over.
    I'm still not convinced

    Eddie Lack is our future starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    I'm still not convinced

    Eddie Lack is our future starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ink View Post
    If we trade Luongo, obviously I'll be proven wrong. But I have a nagging suspicion Luongo will be our starter next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    If we trade Luongo, obviously I'll be proven wrong. But I have a nagging suspicion Luongo will be our starter next year.
    You're probably right. Judging by Gillis' performance in the press conference today it looks like his mind's already on vacation. Might as well jettison that off-season thread before the crickets get to it. lol.

    Gillis: I'm stubborn and I know it but you don't know it as much as I know it. We're going with the same good bunch o' guys next year. Ups and downs ya know. This year was down, next year will automatically be up. In fact, I'm suggesting to AV tomorrow that they take training camp off completely next year. Sleep doctor's orders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ink View Post
    You're probably right. Judging by Gillis' performance in the press conference today it looks like his mind's already on vacation. Might as well jettison that off-season thread before the crickets get to it. lol.

    Gillis: I'm stubborn and I know it but you don't know it as much as I know it. We're going with the same good bunch o' guys next year. Ups and downs ya know. This year was down, next year will automatically be up. In fact, I'm suggesting to AV tomorrow that they take training camp off completely next year. Sleep doctor's orders.
    The way I look at it is this, Luongo is still in his prime - we know this because he is still in great condition and is still posting career comparable numbers.

    Cory Schneider's stats would not be sustained over a full season. I'm not saying he wouldn't still have great stats, but over a full season of starting his numbers would regress to be about the same as Luongo's.

    Cory Schneider have a higher trade value, and trading him could net the Canucks the pieces they need to build a cup contender right now.

    Luongo has a lower trade value, we would likely have to take a bad contract just to trade him.

    Eddie Lack is 24, and is posting similar AHL stats to Cory, and has great size/technique.

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    If Lu is getting traded (I hate to see it). This is the list I've come out with if we do trade Lu.
    These 2 are Pipe Dreams:
    Toronto: Lupu
    Edmonton: Gagner or Hall

    And these I can see happening:
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    Que the Lecavalier rumors!

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    I'm not yet convinced Luongo is out the door, but it seems more and more likely Cory is our guy.
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    To be honest, unless we are convinced Lack will be better than Cory, it makes no sense to keep Luongo if we can get something decent for him. I love Luongo but with his age and cap hit, it just seems like it's the end here.
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    If we can't get a 60point player who shows up to playoffs for Lu, then I would just trade Cory and pray Lack turns out to be as good as Cory in the future.
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    Just saw this:

    As per @tsnjamesduthie Sources say R. Luongo will submit short list of teams he'd waive no-trade to go to next week. Leafs will be on it.
    https://twitter.com/#!/DarrenDreger/...56799916978176

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    Dan Murphy says Tampa is on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    Dan Murphy says Tampa is on the list.
    I'd figure Florida too

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