Vancouver Canucks not set yet on Roberto Luongo decision as Maple Leafs downplay trade talk
Roberto Luongo (left) is still a Vancouver Canuck after the NHL team 'listened to a number of different situations' regarding his availability, says the NHL team. Fellow netminder Cory Schneider (right), meanwhile, appears in no hurry to re-sign with the team until Luongo is traded.
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PITTSBURGH — The big trade here Friday night didn't involve the Vancouver Canucks, and Toronto Maple Leaf general manager Brian Burke sounded like wouldn't be making one with his old team anytime soon.
According to reports, the Maple Leafs made an unsuccessful pitch Friday for surplus Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. The biggest trade on the first day of the National Hockey League draft had the Pittsburgh Penguins sending Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, a prospect and first-round pick.
“I don't need a goaltender until we play the first game,” Burke told reporters. “And we are far more comfortable with the guys we have than the media seems to be. If we can upgrade at a reasonable price, we will. I don't feel any pressure to [trade for a goalie] now.”
Gillis has said he has talked to teams about Luongo, displaced as starter in the playoffs by Cory Schneider, but doesn't acknowledge actively trying to trade him.
“We're listening to a number of different situations,” Gillis said Friday. “I haven't made my mind up yet on what direction we're going to go. I think it's more prudent to be patient and make sure we're doing the right thing for our organization and that's what we're going to do.”
Gillis said he spoke with Luongo this week.
“We had some discussions about where we're going as a team,” he said. “It's more about the team, more about where we're headed and what we're thinking about and making absolutely sure that whatever we decide to do is the right thing.”
The lack of resolution on Luongo, who isn't interested in backing up Schneider and said he won't stand in the way of a trade, is a potential drag on the Canucks' contract talks with their new starter. Schneider appears in no hurry to sign until Luongo is traded but, ideally, the Canucks don't want to move Luongo until they have Schneider secured. Schneider becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
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