June 25, 2012
Luongo rejects trade to Leafs: ReportRefusing Toronto deal ... for now
By QMI Agency
Roberto Luongo is trying to take his talents to South Beach.
The Vancouver Canucks goaltender has refused to waive his no-trade clause for deals that would see him shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch.
"Told by very good source #Canucks G Roberto Luongo has -- to this point -- declined to waive no-trade clause to go to #Blackhawks or #Leafs," Portzline tweeted Monday. "Luongo using the power of his no-trade to 'steer' a trade to #Panthers as much as possible at this point in off-season."
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told TVA Sports in May that Luongo had requested a trade from the club.
The rise of backup Cory Schneider, who took over starting duties in net mid-way through Vancouver's first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings -- a series the Canucks ended up losing -- this spring, has opened the door for such a deal.
Schneider is a pending restricted free agent while Luongo has 10 years left on a 12-year, $64-million contract.