How the NHL Lockout Kept Vancouver from Dealing Roberto Luongo

October 16th, 2012 by Riley Kufta Leave a reply »
During the offseason, there was a lot of talk surrounding Roberto Luongo and where he may end up.

But when Gary Bettman announced that the NHL would not continue to operate under the previous CBA and the prospect of a lockout was introduced, the trade talks cooled. 

The lockout, in many ways, is the reason Luongo is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks. 

Now, the reason he hasn't been traded in the past month is obvious: the Canucks are not able to make transactions while there is no CBA in place. 

But why couldn't he have been traded earlier?

Prior to the lockout, there was interest in Luongo, but the offers on the table (if any) were not to Mike Gillis' liking. But can you blame the other managers?

Would the general managers of the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs or Florida Panthers really be willing to pay the big bucks for a player who may be locked out for an entire season? 

Imagine that, God forbid, the entire 2012-13 season is lost. Luongo would be one year older, one year closer to the end of his prime and one year closer to retirement by the time he suits up for ...

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