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Canucks GM on trading Luongo: “We don’t have fire sales”

Mike Gillis

Sporting a black eye courtesy his son’s elbow, Roberto Luongo was met by a throng of reporters as he arrived at the Canucks’ annual charity golf tournament today in suburban Vancouver.

Luongo didn’t tell the media anything he hasn’t said before – “obviously” he wants to know what the future holds; however, he’s prepared to make the most of things wherever he ends up playing next season.

If that happens to be Vancouver, so be it.

Meanwhile, Canucks GM Mike Gillis reiterated his stance that Luongo will not be given away for free.

“We’re one the league’s wealthiest teams,” Gillis said, as per Jason Botchford of The Province. “We don’t have fire sales.”

Gillis suggested during an interview with TEAM 1040 (audio) that there’s a “cloud over major transactions” due to the CBA uncertainty.

According to Gillis, teams with stricter financial constraints than the Canucks (like, say, the Florida Panthers) are waiting to see what the landscape will look like before making any large commitments (like, say, taking on a contract with 10 years and $47.3 million remaining on it).

Gillis also said he’s working on contract extension for Alex Burrows and Alex Edler and would like to get them done by Saturday when the CBA expires.

Here’s Luongo’s full media scrum: