Friday, June 23, 2006

Canucks Trade Bertuzzi For Luongo

Oh wow. (Link from tsn.ca via VCOE)

The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers have completed a multi-player trade involving Roberto Luongo and Todd Bertuzzi, sources have told TSN.

Netminder Luongo is amongst a package that is going to Vancouver in exchange for a package that includes Bertuzzi.
I just caught a bit on Sportsnet and apparently the package is:

To Vancouver:

Roberto Luongo
Lukas Krajicek

6th round draft pick (2006)

To Florida:

Todd Bertuzzi
Alex Auld
Bryan Allen

More details to follow.

[Update: 06/23/06, 7:43 PM]

According to The Score, the 6th round pick going to Vancouver hasn't been confirmed yet.

[Update: 06/24/06, 12:43 AM]

Here are the Canucks' official press release on the trade as well as some sound bites from Dave Nonis. It looks like the Canucks are indeed receiving a 6th round pick in 2006.

TSN has reaction from Todd Bertuzzi, through his agent Pat Morris. Later in the same piece, Steve Tambellini hints at a possible Cloutier trade - wouldn't be surprised at all if this happened.

Scott Burnside (ESPN) and Ray Slover (Sporting News) also put in their own two cents on the trade.

[update: 6/24/06, 8:17 AM]

Here's some reaction from around the blogosphere. First, from James Mirtle:

Luongo instantly becomes the most highly touted netminder to ever play for Vancouver, a franchise that has almost always struggled to compete with below average goaltending. The city's been called a goaltending graveyard in the past — although that's generally been because the fellows in net have looked as limber as corpses.


The ultimate question of 'who wins' this deal will fall to the play of the two centrepieces, Luongo and Bertuzzi. Given Bertuzzi's lacklustre play and declining production (his points per game average has dropped each year since his 'breakout' campaign in 2002-03), it's difficult to see how this deal can come back to bite the Canucks.
David Johnson agrees:

My initial reaction was this trade is a steal for the Canucks. After sleeping on it overnight I think more or less think the same. What Vancouver gets in this deal is two fold. First, they get the high-calibre goalie they have never had. Second, they save some money they despertely needed to in order to try to re-sign the Sedins as well as try and keep Jovanovski and Anson Carter. It is also all but certain that they will dump Dan Cloutier’s salary to the first team willing to take it off their hands. The big question mark on the deal is, will they be able to ink Luongo to a long term deal. If they can then this trade is a steal for the Canucks. If not and they lose Luongo next summer it will not be so great but it is not like they gave up a lot as Bertuzzi is a UFA next summer too.
Jes Gőlbez has mixed feelings on the trade:

I absolute love Roberto Luongo as a goaltender. He is the most talented goaltender in the NHL (Not the best at the moment, but he can could be), but giving up a stalwart defenseman like Bryan Allen and a cheap, league-average goaltender Alex Auld and getting only a loosey-goosey Lukas Krajicek back makes me go 'hmmm'. Both Bertuzzi and Luongo are in the same contract situation, so how does Dave Nonis give two cheap, younger players along in the deal? The Canucks are still left with an expensive backup in Dan Cloutier, and their defense is in serious danger of being thin.
Finally, from the Eastern Conference, John Fontana is elated, but for somewhat selfish reasons:

Rejoice, Lightning fans… Roberto Luongo is heading for the Pacific Northwest.

A constant thorn in the Lightning’s side since he came to the Panthers several years ago, Roberto Luongo has my respects as possibly the best goaltender in the National Hockey League…
More reaction as they come.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:12 PM


At June 23, 2006 8:33 PM, Anonymous Youngblood said...

I love this trade!!! You can build a Cup winner around Luongo. I really liked Auldie and Allen but we get Krajicek to replace Allen and well, yeah, you know what we just got between the pipes. And to top it all off a cancer is gone from the dressing room! Thanks Dave for making this happen.

At June 23, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

With only Ohlund, Salo, Krajicek and Bourdon, Luongo's defense is about the same quality as it was in Florida.

Hope Nonis has some more tricks up his sleeve.

At June 23, 2006 9:18 PM, Anonymous Youngblood said...

I say we sit back and watch the man go to work. I believe.

At June 23, 2006 10:19 PM, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Wow. Looks like Dave Nonis took a page from his mentor Brian Burke's playbook and looked to steal the show on draft day, especially in his own backyard.

As a Canucks fan, I'm sad to see Auld and Allen go, but losing Bertuzzi is addition by subtraction. That being said, he'll likely have a big year in Florida.

I don't know much about Krajicek, but Luongo of course is huge news. Pretty risky move given his own contract status. Nonis has to get Luongo signed long term. If he walks he traded three pretty nice assets for Krajicek and one year of Luongo.

Needless to say the Canucks have majorly changed their appearance. This almost certainly means Cloutier is gone too, and it's sounding more and more like Jovo is leaving. Bertuzzi's absence on RW makes Anson Carter's resigning even more imperative.

Joe Pelletier

At June 24, 2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous Zanstorm said...

But if Luongo doesn't sign long term then the Canucks can trade him before he becomes a restricted free agent. Nonis calls Luongo an ASSET, he is free to do with him as he pleases and get a lot back for him in a trade if necessary. It's a win/win situation

At June 25, 2006 2:36 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

^ That's a good point. Luongo can fetch far more as an asset than can Bertuzzi, Allen or Auld.


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