Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/7/12

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks congratulates teammate goalie Roberto Luongo #1 after defeating the Nashville Predators during NHL action on December 22, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Happy Saturday!

It’s going to be another gorgeous day in the lower mainland, so before I heard off for the day I thought I put something together while I had my morning coffee.

So here were are, another day goes by and we patiently wait for a Roberto Luongo trade.

I know it’s early in the summer and that there’s a long way to go before there’s any real cause for concern, but if you’re the Canucks, when do you drop your asking price for Luongo?

It’s been reported over the course of the off-season that the asking price for the all-star a goalie is too high.

What that asking price is, no one really seems to be saying.

Understandably, the Canucks want to get as much for Luongo as they possibly can, and why wouldn’t you?

He’s a all-star goalie, he’s only 33 and other than the duration of his contract that’s like a long hard punch in the face, he still has a few good serviceable years as a starting goalie left.

So when’s a good time to start to sweat?

We keep hearing over and over that the Canucks are taking calls all the time re: Luongo and that there’s a market for all-star goalies, or whatever other prepackaged answers Mike Gillis is still pumping out.

The signing of Cory Schneider hasn’t really sped up the trade talks – (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

If this is dragging on in the middle of August then I would say it might be time to significantly lower the asking price.

Otherwise they’ll be left in a very uncomfortable situation when camp starts. The other 29 teams know what kind of a goalie they’re getting in Roberto Luongo.

They know his credentials, his capabilities, his flaws and probably even what his favorite foods are. It all comes down to the asking price.

Showing your hand

The signing of Cory Schneider hasn’t really sped up the trade talks as one would have hoped. However it did certainly put to bed the notion that the Canucks were OK with starting the season with both Schneider and Luongo in goal.

This is something that I’ve said needs to be done with a great deal of patience, and so far that’s exactly what the brass in Vancouver has done.

They’ve been patient. But, without selling yourself short, the Canucks can still acquire a package of assets that help that team now and potentially in the future.

CBC Hockey Night In Canada analyst PJ Stock was on Team 1040 in Vancouver yesterday were he said that he felt the Canucks could ask for a top six forward, top four defenseman and a pick.

While that all sounds all well and good, I don’t know that is what comes back for Luongo.

Ultimately I’d be happy if they were able to get a top six forward, a mid and late pick.

Who knows, maybe I’m under selling the value of Luongo in order to make a move. Mike Gillis certainly isn’t. He’s content with taking his time and getting the best out of a trade he possibly can.

We’ll see how it plays out over the summer.

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