Roberto Luongo says he would scrap his contract if he could

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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Roberto Luongo was not traded before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, and this probably isn't a huge surprise.

The biggest obstacles for the Canucks when it comes to dealing him are the limited number of teams looking for a goalie, and even worse, the remaining years and dollars on Luongo's massive contract.

And Luongo seems to accept that, even if it doesn't exactly thrill him.

In a press conference shortly after the deadline passed, Luongo addressed the contract situation and said that his current deal "sucks" and admitted that's probaby why he's still in Vancouver.

He also said "I'd scrap it now if I could," when discussing his contract.

Luongo's deal carries a cap hit of more than $5 million through the end of the 2022 season.

Obviously, that's an enormous commitment for another team to potentially take on, plus whatever assets they would have to give up to Vancouver in return. There just aren't many teams capable of taking on that sort of contract. Or many that would have an interest in it.

"It's a hit on your pride that teams aren't willing to give up much," said Luongo.

There was a brief moment Wednesday afternoon when it appeared something might be up when Luongo was pulled off the ice at Canucks practice, and he admitted at that point he thought he had been dealt.

Luongo has lost playing time this season to Cory Schneider, and in 16 appearances has posted a .904 save percentage to go with a 7-4-3 record. That save percentage is the lowest mark of Luongo's career since his rookie season when he was still a member of the New York Islanders.

The most common teams mentioned on Luongo trade speculation over the summer were Florida, Chicago, and Toronto. Given that Florida is out of the playoff race for this season a deal at this point doesn't seem to make sense, while Chicago and Toronto are both getting superior play from their goaltenders for a significantly cheaper price.

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