It took a while, but Cory Schneider has finally taken charge in goal for the Vancouver Canucks. Veteran Roberto Luongo has become the most lavishly paid back-up in NHL history.
So the Canucks need to finally move him for whatever the team can fetch. If the wealthy Maple Leafs franchise is willing to take the remainder of that 12-year contract off the Vancouver books, GM Mike Gillis should jump at that deal.
If Vancouver only gets a second-round pick or a middling prospect in return, so be it. The time has come to end this melodrama and free up significant budget space for future Canucks purchases.
While chatting with the Vancouver Province about his predicament, Luongo compared himself to Jarome Iginla. When the Flames decided it was time to move Iginla, team management gave him the heads up and involved him in the trade negotiations.
“I don’t think I will be blindsided,” Luongo said. “It has been a long time coming. It’s something you expect one way or the other. Kind of like Iggy. They told him he would probably get traded a month in advance.
“In situations like that I don’t think you can get blindsided.”