Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo won't speculate on trade
|Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo speaks to the media during the Jake Milford Canucks Charity Invitational golf tournament at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, B.C., Sept. 12, 2012, (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)
Although rumours have been swirling that Roberto Luongo will eventually be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the goaltender still considers himself a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
Luongo might be dealt to the Leafs when the lockout finally ends -- he'd need to waive his no-trade clause for that to happen -- but he wasn't interested in unfounded chatter about his potential new home.
"I don't want to speculate on anything because there are a lot of rumours," Luongo told the Vancouver Sun. "Obviously, when the time comes and I do have to make a decision we'll make one with the best interests for myself, the team and all that kind of stuff. But for now I think my focus is just on being ready to play no matter where that is."
Luongo, who still has 10 years left on a contract that counts $5.33 million annually towards the salary cap, would like to be traded to the Florida Panthers, where he has an off-season home. But he suggested he'd be willing to move to other teams as well.
"At this point in time, I think we all know what the situation is with me, but there are many teams out there that I'll consider for sure," he said. "We're just going to wait and see. I'm getting ready as if I am coming back here for training camp when it's over and if things change we'll take care of that when it comes."