VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis insisted Sunday that goalie Roberto Luongo's long-term contract is not an issue in his trade discussions with potential suitors.
Speaking to reporters Sunday on Day One of training camp, Gillis said he's already had “lots of discussion” with other GMs but is no hurry to deal Luongo unless, or until, his demands are met.
“We're at a point with this team where we want specific types of players coming back to us that can help us today and down the road,” Gillis explained. “I think that's a reasonable request so we're going to stick to it.”
Translation: Gillis is seeking at least a current roster player and a quality prospect. He rejected the notion that Luongo's back-diving contract – it has 10 years and $47.3 million remaining – will scare off rival GMs, especially with the penalty that accompanies it under the new CBA for early retirement. Luongo is 33.
“There's been a lot...