Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says teams will have to “pay a price” if they wish the acquire goaltender Roberto Luongo.
“There is a lot of talk going on,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer. “But there is this presumption that you pick up the phone and make a trade. Well, it doesn’t happen that way and there is usually a long process building up to it and I think Roberto has come in here and has continued to show what a quality person and quality goaltender he is. And if you want to acquire that, you have to pay a price for it.”
If teams are unwilling to pay the price, Gillis was once again adamant that he will be comfortable keep Luongo and Cory Schneider for the remainder of the season.
Understandably, Gillis is in no rush to trade the goaltender in large part due to the strong play of Luongo, who sits second in the league with a 1.53 goals average and .940 save percentage. After some hiccups to start the season, the Canucks are now off to their best start to a season with Gillis at the helm as general manager.
The Canucks have compiled a 7-2-2 record without two of their top-six fowards—centre Ryan Kesler and winger David Booth. Their return will only bolster the Canucks lineup and there is no glaring hole in the Canucks lineup. Defenceman Alexander Edler struggled with the transition to right defence, but has since played well after being paired with Kevin Bieksa.
The strong play coupled with $840,758 in cap space, the Canucks are in no hurry to move Luongo and his value will continue to rise as his strong play continues and other goaltenders struggle. Namely the likes of Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth, and Braden Holtby.