Mar 22, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

What's Holding Up The Roberto Luongo Trade?


Mar 22, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The summer long rumor of Roberto Luongo returning to the homeland here in South Florida have been quiet for well……not long enough it seems.  According to the USA Today, the holdup is Dale Tallon’s unwillingness to part ways with future NHLer Nick Bjugstad.  Bjugstad a 6′ 5″ 215 lb center is going back to the University of Minnesota this season, rather than attempt to make the Florida Panthers roster and good for him.  He wants a chance to win a collegiate championship, and he has every right to do so.

As for Dale’s stubborness I applaud him.  We have no idea what the ceiling might be for Bjugstad.  Never mind it would appear that the Panthers prospect pool is rich in men down the middle, everyone knows, a good center is hard to find.  It’s even harder to find 2,3 or 4.  With Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau lining up as the top two centermen in the future, it appears that the Panthers are getting their ducks in a row.

As for Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis and his demands for a prospect as part of a deal, the longer this goes, the less control he has.  It’s clear that Bobby Lou’s days with the Canucks are numbered.  He said so himself after a recent poker tournament he attended.  While we don’t know what the ceiling is for Bjugstad, we do know this.  Roberto Luongo is 33 years old.  He puts up great numbers in the regular season, and seems to have difficulty winning the big game in the post season.  Drama has filled his past, and whether that’s been lit with a match by the Vancouver media isn’t known for sure, but we don’t need drama here in South Florida.  That’s what South Beach is for.

I can’t blame Luongo for wanting to come back to Florida.  What’s not to like?  Year round golf, tennis, beaches.  And most important of all no state income tax!

Alas, I can think of $6.7 million reasons why Dale needs to hold his ground.  Should this trade ultimately be made, two years from now the Panthers will find themselves in the exact same position that Vancouver is in.  It will be very difficult to trade a goaltender with eight years left on an inflated contract.

And no Stanley Cup.

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  • James

    I’d take Louie as long as he comes relatively cheap. Just no Bjugstad or Petro trades. Markstrom is no sure thing and if Dale is really taking his time having a veteran goalie to stabilize the situation for 2-3 years would be great. Markstrom isn’t going to come in and get 70 games in 2 years so why not ease him in? It’s not like we have cap problems.

  • Andrew Thompson

    Look Bruins Nation, we finally have something in common with Vancover. We got a goalie that doesn’t want to play for us anymore, but we can’t give them away.

  • Michael

    Vancouver would be dumb to trade him. Schneider is no sure thing. If I were
    Mike Gillis, I would tell Luongo, “Buddy, you signed a contract to play for us for X years. We expect you to do exactly that. Now stop being a baby, shut the f**K up when the media asks you stuff, and see you in training camp”. Then I’d spin my leather chair around so the back faces Roberto, and take a sip of my coffee.