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Luongo ready for Canucks camp, awaits trade

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013

His pending departure is also much different than the unexpected trade from the Panthers.

"The whole thing was a different circumstance," Luongo said. "I was just shocked by the whole thing."

But despite being prepared for a trade out of Vancouver, it will still be difficult to leave the Canucks. Many of his teammates were with the team when he arrived, and he has forged close friendships.

Luongo's teammates were happy to be back on the ice with him. They said the trade speculation surrounding him won't be a distraction.

Luongo ($5.3 million) and Schneider ($4 million) count for a total of $9.3 million on Vancouver's salary cap. With the cap slated to be reduced to $64.3 million next season from a pro-rated $70.2 million this season, there is more urgency to trade Luongo for financial reasons.

But coach Alain Vigneault refused to say who will be the starting goalie when the season opens.

"(Luongo's) one of my two goaltenders," Vigneault said. "We've always made the decisions in the best interest of the team. We've got two great goaltenders, two great people that are great teammates, and both want to play."

Vigneault also isn't concerned that Luongo's unsettled position will affect the rest of the team.

"You have seen him throughout the last couple of months," he said. "He's a class individual. He's a smart and bright young man.

"He always puts the team ahead of himself, and he's a Vancouver Canuck player, and I'm not going to speculate on what's going on outside of that. Right now he's one of my two goaltenders, and I'm very fortunate to have him."