The Vancouver Canucks apparently have a “potential deal” for goaltender Roberto Luongo, according to general manager Mike Gillis.
Gillis made revelation to Vancouver Sun’ columnist Cam Cole in a wide-ranging interview.
“We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have — and it’s not who anybody thinks it is — and so we have to wait.” (Vancouver Sun)
He continued by saying he has received interest around the league for Luongo and offers have been made. But Gillis says he wasn’t interested in any of the offers because they contained “throw-in” players and excessive salary.
When the Canucks acquired Christian Ehrhoff in 2009, Gillis did take defenceman Brad Lukowich from the San Jose Sharks as a throw-in and salary dump, so it’s a possibility he is willing to do it again in a Luongo trade, but it will have to be a palatable term and salary like Lukowich.
As it stands right now, it sounds like Gillis is happy with the offer he received from this unknown team and is intent on waiting it out rather than accepting some of the other offers he has received just to unload Luongo.
Last Friday, in an interview on the Team 1040, Gillis accused the Toronto media of trying to force his hand in a Luongo trade to Toronto.
“The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right,” Gillis said.
“That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the kind of pressure that I’m going to succumb to.”
Could it be a case of Gillis using the Vancouver media to put pressure on teams interested in Luongo to “up” their offers? It may very well be. It’s either that or he actually does have a potential deal.