Vancouver Canucks: Are They Wise or Ridiculous Not to Trade Roberto Luongo?

September 25th, 2012 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The "pause" button has been pressed on the 2012-13 NHL season. If you look at the freeze-frame of the Vancouver Canucks, you'll still see Roberto Luongo's name and face on the roster.

Five months after the Canucks were bounced from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings and Luongo lost his starting job, why is he still here? Is it smart or crazy that the Canucks have not yet offloaded their high-priced goaltender?

When dealing with big contracts, sometimes these things take time. The Canucks probably don't want to follow the Columbus Blue Jackets' management model, but there are good reasons why players like Rick Nash take a long time to trade—especially in a league with a salary cap. The right package has to be a combination of prospects and proven talent that fits the budget and also suits the team's needs.

In Canucks history, think back to the Pavel Bure and Petr Nedved holdouts. Those both took months to resolve and both times, Vancouver did alright in the end.

As I mentioned in this article back in July, Mike Gillis has preached patience throughout these proceedings. Don't forget, Gillis' player personnel experience comes not ju ...

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