Tallon won't trade Bjugstad for Luongo
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10-15-2012, 10:06 PM
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Would be a pretty severe change of course for Gillis to all of a sudden be willing to trade Luongo within the division. It is absolutely possible that Edmonton jumping into the mix has upped the price, but it doesnt seem like it would be in the Canucks best interest to move Luongo to a team that is up and coming and in the division.
I also find it extremely unlikely that Gillis will waive Luongo and get nothing in return over a less than fair offer from FLA/TOR. It would create bad karma among players as well. Players don't forget when an organization mistreats fellow players.
Edmonton seriously jumping into the mix definitely complicates things from a Toronto perspective and all but eliminates the panthers from the equation, because it seems obvious that Tallon is only looking for a bargain.
Gillis has never had any qualms about trading to rivals, he's said he has said there's not a single team in the league he wouldn't consider trading with if he felt it would benefit the Canucks. He may even simply use Edmonton as a decoy to get Toronto to raise it's price.
And placing Luongo on waivers is only a silent threat, that if Luongo is unwilling to waive for anywhere but Florida(and their offer is garbage because of that), Gillis will tell Luongo it's either Edmonton/Toronto or Columbus.
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