Vancouver Canucks logoVancouver Canucks

NHL Trade Rumors: Roberto Luongo Will Waive NMC If Asked

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Edmonton Oilers on October 25, 2011 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
Dale MacMillan/Getty Images
Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IApril 24, 2012

Roberto Luongo will waive his NMC (no-movement clause) is he asked to do so by Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis, so let the rumors begin.

It was speculated that the Canucks were going to attempt to trade Luongo after team brass put faith in Cory Schneider. By starting the budding netminder in Games 3,4 and 5, it was clear that Schneider was the keeper of the future.

These tweets help summarize the current situation.

 

Luongo said he understands if Canucks want to go fwd with 35. If he was GM,he'd probably do the same

— Jason Botchford (@botchford) April 24, 2012

 

 

Roberto Luongo tells Vancouver reporters he will waive his no-trade if asked.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 24, 2012

Roberto Luongo is willing to waive his no-trade clause...in the face of Leafs GM Brian Burke if he tries to acquire him.

— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) April 24, 2012

 

Luongo may be willing to waive his NMC but will someone be willing to add on his salary? The Globe and Mail report broke down Luongo's financial situation.

Luongo's contract has six years left at $6.7 million in actual dollars out, and then it falls off the cliff after that in the final four ($3.4 million, $1.6 million, and two final years at $1 million).

With Vancouver seeking to find a trading partner, the question becomes whether or not they will find one before July 1st, when Schneider becomes offer-sheet eligible? It is clear they want to keep Schneider, but they may not be able to.

Due to the Canucks' financial situation, if a high enough offer sheet is filed, they may not be able to match it. Thus, they would lose Schneider and be stuck with Luongo. 

Here are some teams in search of a No. 1 goaltender that could be interested in either Luongo or Schneider.

Chicago Blackhawks

Columbus Blue Jackets

Florida Panthers

Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs

 

With Luongo now officially in play, it will be interesting to see which teams emerge as potential suitors and whether or not Vancouver will find a partner in time.

Schneider is clearly the future, but ultimately he has more trade value and could still be swooped up with a hefty offer sheet. 

With $9.2 million in projected cap space and only 17 players signed through next season, things could become dicey if a trading partner is not found.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices