Roberto Luongo trade rumors: Canucks have potential deal in place, says GM Mike Gillis

Jonathan Daniel

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says the team has a potential deal in place to trade goaltender Roberto Luongo.

The Vancouver Canucks have a deal in place to trade goaltender Roberto Luongo, according to general manager Mike Gillis as told to Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun.

Gillis engaged in an hour-long interview and addressed a wide-array of issues concerning the team. As he has previously stated, he is interested in adding pieces to help push the Canucks closer towards a Stanley Cup championship.

One of the ways he would attempt to accomplish such a goal is by moving Luongo if the right deal presented itself.

The manager stated that he has a potential deal in place with a team that has to work something out with a player currently on their roster, via the Vancouver Sun:

"We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have - and it's not who anybody thinks it is - and so we have to wait. (But) we've been offered packages that don't fit what our plan is, what we need."

Gillis elaborated that he has been fielding offers with intriguing pieces but that teams have tried to throw in excess salary or add-on players that he believes wouldn't benefit the Canucks.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun tweeted on Monday morning that he can confirm the deal Gillis is speaking of is not with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has widely been viewed as the likely destination for Luongo.

In addition, the Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers have all been rumored to have interest in Luongo.

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