Canucks’ Robert Luongo ‘totally fine’ if he waits all season for trade (with video)
‘I'm just kind of approaching it like it's the Olympics,’ star goalie says of shortened NHL season
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo eyes fellow netminder Cory Schneider (right) during an informal practice of Canucks players on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at UBC.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG
VANCOUVER — It was a sight most people last spring never thought they'd see again: Roberto Luongo practising in a Vancouver Canucks' jersey.
Nearly nine months since being displaced by Cory Schneider as the National Hockey League team's starting goalie, Luongo is still waiting for general manager Mike Gillis to grant his trade request.
Luongo rejoined teammates on the ice at the University of B.C. Friday morning and will report for training camp on Sunday.
He said he is prepared to wait as long as it takes for Gillis to make a deal.
"I told him I was ready to go as long as it took," Luongo told a crush of reporters. "Whether it's a couple of days, a week, two weeks or the end of the season, I'm totally fine with it."
The 33-year-old admitted that he didn't expect to be back in Vancouver for this season, but realized when a trade had not occurred by the end of the summer that he might start another year as a Canuck.
His trade is complicated by the Luongo's $64-million contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be front-runners to land Luongo, but the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers also are thought to be interested in the gold-medal winning goalie from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Luongo said he is using that experience to help him with the uncertainty and brevity of this lockout-shortened NHL season.
"Given it's a short season and we're playing a lot of hockey, I'm just kind of approaching it like it's the Olympics.
"I'm just going to show up, have fun and enjoy the game and whatever happens happens. I'm not going to stress myself out about the trade or how many games I'm going to play. I'm just going to enjoy it. Last time (at the Olympics), things worked out pretty well for me."
The Canucks regular season is expected to open Jan. 19 against the Anaheim Ducks.
Will Luongo still be wearing a Canucks jersey then?
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