WINNIPEG - Roberto Luongo will have to sit and wait.
The Canucks goaltender wasn’t on the move Saturday night as the NHL season opened. Instead, he was on the club’s bench at Rogers Arena in Vancouver getting a first-hand look at the opener against the Anaheim Ducks.
Not many expected Luongo to still be with the Canucks once the shortened season began, but you’ve got to give GM Mike Gillis credit for being patient in trying to drive up the price for the veteran goalie and not just giving him away.
While Cory Schneider is the starter for the Canucks, he’s one bad game or untimely goal away from giving way to Luongo. If that doesn’t happen, then sooner or later somebody will be desperate enough to give Gillis what he wants.
The Florida Panthers have shown interest — and, ultimately, that’s where Luongo wants to end up when this drama ends — but sources say GM Dale Tallon is going to have to sweeten the pot a lot more if that’s going to happen.