Canucks must move Luongo and close the book on this never ending saga.
What the Canucks do have is one too many No. 1 goalies. They will spend the lead-up to April 3 trying to finally close on the long-anticipated Roberto Luongo trade.
It’s time to shut the book on a saga that has drifted on way too long. If they can’t pull the trigger on a Luongo-for-a-centre deal, consider it a failure for an organization that will have one of its best assets sitting on the bench for every playoff game.
Much of the past 10 months have been spent trying to smoke out the perpetually soft goalie market. It’s not going to get any better. Either at the deadline or in the offseason, Mike Smith, Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas, Jonathan Bernier and Ben Bishop are some of the goalies who could be available. It may not be now or never for the Luongo deal, but it sure looks like now or good luck.
Last July, Luongo essentially said it was time for him to move on because this was Cory Schneider’s team now. This is the moment to make it official.