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Canucks fielding calls on Luongo ahead of trade deadline

TSN.ca Staff

3/31/2013 11:08:41 PM

With the NHL trade deadline less than three days away, the Vancouver Canucks continue to field calls about goaltender Roberto Luongo.

"[GM Mike Gillis] is in discussion with multiple teams," Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman told TSN's Farhan Lalji.  "Talks are beyond the 'tire kicking' stage."

While not stating the teams involved for Luongo's services, Gilman did lay out some of what the club could be looking for in a trade.

"We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to steal Roberto from us," Gilman stated. "We're not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow."

The 33-year-old has posted a 7-4-3 record this season with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Luongo has nine years remaining after this season on a 12-year deal he signed with the Canucks prior to the 2010-11 season. His contract carries an average annual value of $5.333 million.

A three-time NHL All-Star, Luongo has been mired in a battle for playing time with Canucks keeper Cory Schneider for much of the past two seasons. The pair shared the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2010-11 for posting the league's lowest goals-against average.

A veteran of 13 NHL seasons, Luongo has posted a 346-287-53 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average in 743 career games.

Luongo was originally drafted by the New York Islanders fourth overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He would be dealt three years later when the Islanders took Rick DiPietro with the first overall selection in 2000. The Canucks acquired him via trade from the Florida Panthers in 2006.

He has represented Canada internationally on numerous occasions winning gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver along with two World Championship golds, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships.

Though unable to lead the Canucks to a Stanley Cup, Luongo has appeared in 61 playoff games for the club, posting a 32-29 record with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.