The lead up to the NHL’s trade deadline day was certainly filled with excitement.
Tuesday evening the Vancouver Canucks announced the trade of goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and centre Shawn Matthias.
The trade takes place just a couple of days after Luongo was selected to back up Eddie Lack for the Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators. I did not see this trade coming at all.
I was getting ready to see the exit of Ryan Kesler, which may still happen. But I certainly did not think I’d see Luongo being traded.
It’s true that the relationship between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks has been delicate at best in the past few seasons.
But I thought for sure that GM Mike Gillis would give Louongo one last shot at a decent playoff campaign. Apparently, I was mistaken.
Now that the trade is complete, all Canucks fans must admit that the team is in rebuild mode.
And I for one am extremely frightened at what might happen tomorrow. I believe the Roberto Louongo trade to be a huge mistake.
Also, I believe the way in which Luongo was traded was absolutely insulting for Roberto to have to accept. He is a two time gold medalist and has given the Vancouver Canucks eight years of solid goaltending.
Therefore, I believe it would have been way more professional if Luongo was given a little more notice.
The only consolation for Roberto Luongo is that he is headed back to where his NHL career began. I’m sure they’ll be no question that Luongo will be the starting goaltender for the Florida Panthers. One thing is certain, if the Vancouver Canucks continue this downward spiral, Mike Gillis will be the next person exiting Vancouver.
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