Luongo talks ongoing, but sides close to deal

September, 1, 2009
09/01/09
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Reports surfaced again this week that Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of a multiyear contract extension. Some media outlets prematurely reported that it is done.

"Not done yet," Luongo's agent, Gilles Lupien, told ESPN.com on Monday.

In an e-mail to ESPN.com on Tuesday, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said things were still "status quo" as talks continued.

But clearly, this thing is going to get done and that's great news for Canucks fans. Franchise goalies don't grow on trees, so it would have been a tough pill to swallow if Luongo walked away as an unrestricted free agency in July.

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