Originally written on Rob The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Vancouver_canucks_roberto_64e5
We’re now 3 days into the NHL season, and Roberto Luongo is still a Vancouver Canuck. But for how long? Cam Cole’s article in the Vancouver Sun shed some light on just that. Mike Gillis has a reputation as being a bit boring and a little standoffish with the media, but every now and then he offers up some insight or clues as to what is going on behind the scenes. In an interview with GM Mike Gillis, Cole was able to discover that the Canucks might have a few more trading partners than we originally thought. Here’s the quote from Gillis: 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… Excess salary coming back with a [throw-in] player who can’t play in our lineup. They say, ‘OK, we’ll do this, but you’ve got to take this.’ Well, we’re not taking it. We’ve had lots of proposals like that with good pieces that can help us but the other part doesn’t help us, and oftentimes they have term attached to them, so we’d just be turning around and buying out a guy. Very interesting. Now of course, Gillis could be exaggerating this or making it up completely with the intention of driving up Luongo’s price, but I don’t think that’s Gillis’ style. The question then becomes, who is this mystery team? If it’s not who anybody thinks it is, that would presume that it’s not the heavily rumoured teams like Toronto, Florida, Edmonton or Chicago. And it has “something to do with another player”? Speculation time! Here are three possibilities: 1) Philadelphia Flyers I guess technically they have been mentioned recently, but perhaps Gillis isn’t checking Twitter as often as I have. The interview was conducted before the start of the season, so this makes Philly more possible. Are they waiting to see how Ilya Bryzgalov fares? It’s possible. They certainly have a number of young forwards that would interest the Canucks greatly, but Bryzgalov has a no movement clause. In order to acquire Luongo this season, they would need to get the enigmatic Bryzgalov to agree to a trade. Would Bryzgalov agree to that? I’m not even going to begin to speculate on how Bryzgalov’s brain would process that proposition. Philly is probably a remote possibility. 2) Washington Capitals The Caps have a star studded lineup and have had Stanley Cup aspirations for a few years now, and goaltending has been an issue for them. Brayden Holtby came out of nowhere to star in the 2012 playoffs, but is he for real? He might not be, if the first game of the season is any indication. Holtby let in 6 goals on 34 shots, which should make GM George McPhee a little nervous. Perhaps McPhee told Gillis that he has interest in Luongo, if Holtby falters. If the Caps do acquire Luongo, Burnaby’s Karl Alzner would certainly interest Vancouver. Marcus Johansson is another possiblity, if the Caps were more willing to part with a forward. 3) New York Islanders The first question with regards to the Islanders is whether or not Luongo would be willing to go there. On the surface, I wouldn’t think so because nobody else seems to want to go there. The Islanders are the team that drafted Luongo, so there’s that. The Islanders are also a good young team and should have a bright future with some of their young players. Mark Streit is slated to become a UFA this summer and has interested the Canucks in the past. If they’re unsure about getting him to re-sign, it would be a good idea to get something for him. Another veteran defenceman, Lubomir Visnovsky (who is also an upcoming UFA and currently has refused to report to the Isles) would be intriguing also. Frans Nielsen (one of the league’s most underrated players) would be a perfect fit as the Canucks’ 3rd line centre.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Check out these leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Aqib Talib’s aggravated assault investigation suspended by Dallas PD

Ohio State expects 80,000 at its spring game this Saturday

Bryant strikes out three times in debut; Cubs fans heckle him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NBA rookies who disappointed in 2014-15 season

Report: Urban Meyer reassured Belichick about Hernandez

Cuban: Harden is MVP, Rockets are not very good

J.R. Smith: 'I don’t think anyone can beat us'

SCOTUS asked to overturn baseball's antitrust exemption

Is Chip Kelly expecting too much from Josh Huff?

Ubaldo Jimenez hit Pablo Sandoval with pitch, was ejected

NBA to track and post referees’ calls beginning in playoffs

MLB payrolls continue to rise

NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

There are only two contenders ... in the West?

Woman stripped of marathon win, didn't actually run in race

Matt Barnes' son betrays him for Steph Curry

WATCH: Padres fan saved from falling by alert cameraman

Kemp hosts Seattle party over OKC missing playoffs

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

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

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the burden of legacy

Kris Bryant and floor versus ceiling

Top 10 storylines of the NBA Playoffs

A-Rod being taken to court over unpaid legal fees

Could Wilson really be a two-sport star?

Five players who must step up in the NBA playoffs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.