The Vancouver Canucks had a major decision to make at the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday. The Canucks had to decide if they wanted to trade away Roberto Luongo and his massive contract. Vancouver couldn’t find a trade partner, and Luongo isn’t happy about it. He has made it very clear that he wishes he could tear up the long-term deal. The problem is that you can’t make the contract go away with nine more years still on it. Luongo is going to have to accept his backup role at least for the remainder of this season.
There is no doubt that Luongo can be one of the best goalies around the league when he is on. He hasn’t had a great season this year and split time with Cory Schneider for a long time before Schneider took over the starting job. That leaves Luongo on the bench making over $5 million to sit around. I wouldn’t mind sitting around to make that kind of money, but I understand Luongo’s frustration.
There are a lot of teams around the NHL who could use a goalie like Luongo, and I think Vancouver will make the move in the offseason to trade him. We have no clue what will happen the rest of this season, and no one knows if the Canucks will need Luongo to save the day for them. That may very well happen and could lead to the team getting an even better package for him this offseason. I would tell Luongo to just bide his time because he will likely get his chance to move this summer.