Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis dismissed a report that the team was “close” to trading Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to a report by Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the Canucks have essentially completed a trade with the Maple Leafs for Luongo and are waiting for the lockout to end to complete the trade.
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Appearing on the TEAM 1040, Gillis said he is not close to trading the goaltender and reiterated he’s not trading Luongo unless he gets what he wants.
“The definition of ‘close’ is something that is different for everybody,” Gillis explained. “I’m not sure why John would say that because that’s certainly not the case. Everyone is entitled to speculate on whatever they’d like to speculate on. We’ve moved very slowly on any discussions with Roberto. We’ll trade him when we get what we want to get for him or we won’t trade him. Either way is fine with me.
“If we can do something that is going to help us and moves our team forward in different areas, we’re certainly going to consider it. But that hasn’t occurred yet so I’m not quite sure why that would be said.”