Tuesday, April 24, 2012
End of the road for Luongo in Vancouver?
By Sarah Goldstein
After meeting with Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday, goaltender Roberto Luongo indicated that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause.
“It’s going to be what’s best for the team,” Luongo told reporters as players cleared out their lockers, according to The Globe and Mail. “Whatever scenario that is, I’m OK with it -- whether that involves me being here or not is OK. We’ve got a lot of potential in this locker room; there’s a great core of guys, and the chance to do something special.
“They’ve got a guy [Cory Schneider] here that is going to be a superstar in this league for the next 10, 12, 15 years. It is a business and that’s the way it goes. I loved being here the last six years. I think my career has really taken off and we did some incredible things. If I’m here in the future, then great. If I’m not, that’s good also.”
The Canucks were eliminated by eighth-seeded Los Angeles in five games in the first round of the playoffs, and Luongo was benched in favor of Schneider for the last three games of the series. Luongo is signed to a 12-year, $64 million deal that runs through the 2021-22 season.
“Would I like to get at least an opportunity to be a starting goaltender? Sure. Everyone would,” Schneider said Tuesday, according to the report. “I think I’ve at least earned the right to get a chance, and to get a look. Wherever that may be, I don’t know. If it’s here, that’s great. I’ll think about that when it comes.”
During the regular season, Luongo had a 31-14-8 record, five shutouts, a 2.41 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. In the playoffs, he had a 3.59 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.
Schneider, who was paid $900,000 this season, had a 20-8-1 record, three shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in the regular season. In three playoff games this year, he had a 1.31 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage.
Before Game 5, Schneider said that Luongo had remained positive and supportive after he was benched. He also downplayed talk that there was a changing of the guard in net for the Canucks.
"I have won one career playoff game," Schneider said. "Roberto won 15 last spring.
"I don't think we should jump the gun here. If you lose the next game, I don't think people will remember you went 1-2 in the playoffs."