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Luongo To Begin Training With The Canucks

If anyone’s carried the cities name on their back for the past few years, Luongo would definitely be a top candidate.

Ever since the end of last season he’s simply been lost considering he’s no longer the starting goalie, and the constant negative criticism he’s received from fans and the media. I was personally shocked to hear he waived his no-trade clause if the Canucks could work out a deal to send him to an approved destination.

Two months ago, after what had happened, and Schneids had just signed, I didn’t really see myself being here for training camp. But I realized once we got into August, that that was a possibility, and that I was OK with that.

Under collective bargaining rules, Luongo must be traded before Saturday’s NHL lockout deadline which is unlikely so the Canucks will wait until the labour dispute is resolved. Until then he will begin training with the President Trophy winners.

Luongo has openly stated the Florida Panthers are his preferred destination given Florida is his off-season home and he played for the Panthers before he was acquired in a trade by the Canucks following the last lockout in 2004-05.

I’m going to leave that more up to Gillis to do his thing. I don’t really want to be talking about any other teams right now. I’m here with Vancouver. I think it’s a bit disrespectful towards Gillis and others to be talking about other places.

I’m just here to play, man. That’s all I want to do. I’m going to play and work hard like I always do — and the cards will fall where they may.

Gillis has further stated he will take care of Lu and is interests, but also look at the teams as well.

Let’s hope it stays and continues his legacy.

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