Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo willing to waive no-trade clause

Roberto Luongo will be Traded

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.”

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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.

NHL Hockey 6 Inch Action Figure Series 28 - Roberto Luongo White Jersey

Sidney Crosby & Roberto Luongo 2-Figure Team Canada Box Set

Originally these were gonna only be in 12 inch format ONLY….but good ole McFarlane re-sized them smaller to 6 inches and then offered Sidney Crosby and Roberto Luongo (as a boxed set) to a Mass Retailer in Canada.  This Canadian exclusive just hit the Mass Retailer and we have a few for our U.S. and international customers.

I mentioned in my earlier blog that I had bumped into Roberto Luongo (with his family) at the Montreal Old Port Keg Restaurant last summer….really nice dude!  Go…St. Leonard…Go.

Sidney Crosby & Roberto Luongo Team Canada FigureSidney Crosby & Roberto Luongo Team Canada Figure

Check out the most recent Sidney Crosby Dempster’s Bread Commercial:

Roberto Luongo, Sidney Crosby Figures Team Canada Released

Winter Olympics 2010 Team Canada HockeySurprise…surprise….took a stroll at Wal-mart today and found these pretty cool hockey figures sitting on the shelf. It appears to be exclusive to Walmart Canada at this time. The McFarlane Team Canada 2010 Hockey series includes: Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, and Roberto Luongo.

By the way, bumped into Roberto at The Keg in Old Montreal this past summer (super nice guy…and surprising taller that he looks compared to my hockey card photo). Ahh…nothing beats a big piece of Canadian Beef (talking ’bout the Ribeye at The Keg…not Roberto!).

The Keg's Ribeye Steak

We have a very limited amount of figures available….Buy them here.

Here are some pictures of the white jersey variants offered by www.cmdstore.com which are limited and individually numbered.

Limited amount available….Buy them here.