Update: Thursday April 26
Luongo is in the process of compiling a list of teams he would welcome a trade to. The list is not expected to be very long and it will be interesting to see what teams are on it. The Toronto Maple Leafs, however, are one team that will be on the list.
Here is an excerpt from a TSN report.
Sources say goaltender Roberto Luongo will submit a short list of teams to the Canucks next week that could pave the way for a trade out of Vancouver.
On Tuesday, Luongo said he would agree to waive his no-trade clause if team officials asked him to do so. The report indicates the Toronto Maple Leafs will be one of the teams on that list.
"It's going to be what's best for the team," Luongo said on Tuesday. "Whatever scenario that is, I'm okay with it - whether that involves me being here or not is okay. We've got a lot of potential in this locker room, there's a great core of guys, and the chance to do something special."
Toronto definitely will be in the market for a goaltender, but will Brian Burke be willing to add another top-tier salary to his payroll? While this year's market isn't very fruitful, Burke likely wants to save room for July 2013.
During that period, players like Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal and Ryan Getzlaf will all be up for grabs, and they fit Burke's desire to acquire a top center. With that in mind, Luongo could throw a monkey wrench into the works.
It also appears that the Tampa Bay Lightning are on his list, right behind the Leafs.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) April 26, 2012
The Globe and Mail broke down Luongo's financial situation for any team that would consider trading for him.
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. The Canucks may have to go to arbitration to protect the young netminder's contract rights.
With Luongo preparing to move on from Vancouver, it will be interesting to see what teams emerge on his list.
Better yet, it will be interesting to see what those teams will be willing to deal and what they are willing to part with to acquire the No. 1 goaltender.