Luongo ready for Canucks camp, awaits trade
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Roberto Luongo is still open to a trade no matter how long it takes the Vancouver Canucks to deal him.
The star goalie returned to the ice for an informal workout with his Canucks teammates on Friday while facing an uncertain future.
Luongo was displaced as Vancouver's No. 1 netminder by Cory Schneider in last year's playoffs. After the season, Luongo said he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, but general manager Mike Gillis couldn't swing a deal before the 113-day NHL lockout began in September.
"I told (Gillis) I was ready to go as long as it took," Luongo said. "Whether it's a couple days, next week, two weeks, at the end of the season, it's totally fine with me."
Luongo has long been rumored to be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Trades are prohibited until players have ratified the proposed new collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to happen on Saturday. Training camps would then likely open on Sunday.
Luongo will be there for camp, although he expected to be gone from Vancouver by now.
"If you asked in May last year, I would have said no," he said.
As the lockout dragged on, Luongo thought there was a chance he would return to the team. He said in September at a Canucks charity golf tournament he would be at camp, if necessary.
The 33-year-old Luongo, acquired from the Florida Panthers after the previous lockout forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season, isn't worried about his future.
He admitted that his current plight would have stressed him out if he was still in his 20s.
"I've matured in the sense where I can handle adversity (better) than I did back then," Luongo said. "That's why I've been really calm about the whole situation. I've been able to enjoy it, even though it's not an easy situation. The fact that I'm so comfortable here will make it much easier."