Say goodbye to Bert

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Mike Keenan giveth and Mike Keenan taketh away.

As Vancouver Canucks' head coach in 1998, Keenan sent Trevor Linden to the New York Islanders for Todd Bertuzzi. Now he's Florida Panthers' general manager and he took the controversial right-winger Friday in a blockbuster deal that overshadowed the National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Panthers also got defenceman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alexander Auld. Canucks picked up goaltender Roberto Luongo, defenseman Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round pick in Saturday's draft, Russian winger Sergei Shirokov.

Bertuzzi had 25 goals and 46 assists last season. He scored 46 goals in 2002-2003, but his 2003-2004 season ended when he criminally assaulted Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore during a March 8, 2004 game. Moore has not played since and is suing Bertuzzi and the Canucks in Ontario and B.C. courts.

Luongo had the best of his six NHL seasons in 2005-2006 with a 35-30-9 record.

"Roberto gives us a chance in every game," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "Hopefully he'll be here with the Canucks a long time."

Meanwhile, Vigneault fired assistant coaches Jack McIlhargey and Mike Johnston. Goaltending consultant Ian Clark remains, because he has worked with Luongo.


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