VANCOUVER — Despite reports to the contrary, goaltender Roberto Luongo hasn’t presented a list of teams that he’d waive his no-trade clause for, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told a Vancouver radio station.
“We’ve met, but we’ve decided we’ll take our time and talk in the next few days over the phone,” Gillis told the TEAM 1040. “I’m not quite sure why something like that (the reports) would be out there.”
Gillis said he has made no decision on the goaltending situation yet.
“I think we all need to take a deep breath,” Gillis said. “The early exit from the playoffs, not meeting our expectations, can lead you to make some pretty poor decisions in a real hurry.
“I think we all need to step back for a couple of days and not do anything — think about it then begin to plan out what we want to do with this team over the summer for the coming season.
“It’s a little premature to start down that path already.”
There have been reports Luongo has a list of six to nine teams he would accept waiving his no-trade clause for, including Toronto (where his old goalie coach, Francois Allaire, is employed) and the two Florida teams, close to his wife’s family.
Gillis has maintained ever since being named GM of the Canucks that he will not ask a player to waive a no-trade clause.
Also in Toronto’s favour is the fact that Dave Nonis, who acquired Luongo from the Panthers as GM of the Canucks, is Brian Burke’s right-hand man.
And the Leafs’ deep pockets mean they can afford the $40.3 million US that is due Luongo over the next six years of the 10 remaining years on his contract.
Cory Schneider, meanwhile, becomes a restricted free agent on July 1 if the Canucks and he don’t agree on a deal before then.
The Canucks could take Schneider to arbitration, but then an imposed deal would be for only one year and make Schneider an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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