Article by Elliot Pap, Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER — Roberto Luongo said today he will waive his no-trade clause if Vancouver Canucks management feels this is the best move for the team.
Luongo, 33, has been the Canucks’ No. 1 goalie for six seasons but was replaced by 26-year-old Cory Schneider for the final three games of the playoffs. Luongo has 10 years and roughly $47 million remaining on his long-term contract. Schneider, meanwhile, is finishing a two-year deal in which he was paid $900,000 per season. He is in line for an extremely large raise.
“Yeah, of course, if they ask me to,” Luongo replied when queried about his appetite to waive the no-trade clause. “I don’t want to be one of those guys who is going to stand in the way of anything. I always want to put the team ahead of me. I don’t want to be one of those selfish guys.
“Obviously they have a guy here who is going to be a superstar in this league for the next 10, 12, 15 years so I’m okay with it. It is a business and that’s the way it goes. I’ve loved being here the last six years. If I’m here in the future, then great. If I’m not, that’s good also.”
Luongo said the next move is up to the team. He has already met with GM Mike Gillis and they plan to meet again.
“Even though I have a no-trade, it is not my decision,” Luongo continued. “It’s a very unique circumstance, I think, that we’re in where we have an elite young guy who is up and coming and is probably going to dominate the league for many years. So I’m not sure what I would do if I was GM.
“I’ve learned over the course of my career that things change quickly,” he added. “With anything, you don’t want to look too far ahead because life has a lot of curve balls.”
As I have stated on this blog, I have met Roberto at the Keg in the Old Montreal, and he is a super classy down to earth guy. We wish the best for Roberto where ever he goes.