Originally posted on Rob The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 7/6/12

It’s been the summer of trade rumours for Roberto Luongo, the first since he arrived in Vancouver six years ago. After the signing of Cory Schneider, the writing is on the wall and he knows it. Recently he confirmed what everyone knew all along:

At the end of the day, it’s time to move on and I’m okay with that

And there it is. If there was any doubt left in anyone’s mind, Luongo will be traded. But where? Well, as everyone knows, Luongo would welcome a trade to the Florida Panthers.

Why Florida?

The Panthers are a place Luongo would like to go first and foremost because his wife is from there. He used to play for the Panthers and likely has friends still in Miami and is comfortable there. Also, the Panthers appear to be a bit of a team on the rise. They made the playoffs for the first time in a long time last year, and have a handful of good young players that should improve. As far as Florida is concerned, Luongo is definitely an upgrade on their current goaltending tandem of Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. With Luongo in net, they likely assure themselves another year in the playoffs, with a better chance at making some noise. Luongo is also a big name in Florida from his previous tour of duty with them (where he was easily their best player).

Why Not?

The Panthers are rebuilding. Yes, they made the playoffs last year, but they did so with a lot of veterans on their team. One of the biggest parts of their rebuild includes Jakob Markstrom. Markstrom is a 22 year old former 2nd round draft pick and has been brought along slowly by the Panthers. He has already excelled in the AHL and has even got some pretty impressive numbers in his limited action (8 games) in the NHL. Acquiring Luongo and his monster long contract probably doesn’t make sense if Markstrom steps into the spotlight this year or next as is expected.

Rumour Time

I don’t think the Panthers will want Luongo. But if they do, expect guys like Tomas Fleischmann and Sean Bergenheim to be involved. Sure, the Canucks would love to get their hands on the likes of Weiss, Kulikov or Gudbranson, but the Panthers don’t need Luongo, so they’re not desperate. They want to keep all the young/cheap/good players they can.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hernandez's prison calls to Pouncey could come up in trial

Josh Hamilton experiences pain in reconstructed knee, leaves camp

Report: Pacers gauging trade market for Paul George

Washington eyeing Romo as potential Cousins replacement?

Joey Porter fight video from outside bar released

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Celtics’ unwillingness to deal Crowder roadblock in Butler deal

Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

Philip Rivers: ‘I will always be playing for San Diego’

Yankees dramatically increase ticket prices for Derek Jeter Night

Report: Sixers may consider Noel trade if Okafor is not moved

Report: Belichick wants to coach at least five more years, outlast Brady

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker