New Jersey Devils
It's hard to think of any reasons why Roberto Luongo would have a problem going to New Jersey. Of course, this relies entirely on Martin Brodeur. If he wants to return for another season, the Devils will likely hold out for another season and focus their efforts on Zach Parise.
Brodeur's decision will surely be dependent on how far the Devils go this season. If they were to win the cup, it would be a classy way to call it a career for one of the classiest guys in the game.
If Brodeur does elect to retire following this season, there are a number of players that could potentially be involved in a trade with Roberto Luongo.
Zach Parise is one of the most elite stars in the game, and has shown thus far in the playoffs that he's capable of taking his game to the next level.
As an upcoming unrestricted free agent, if talks go sour with the Devils, they could try to trade his rights before they lose him for nothing.
On the Canucks end, this would be a great deal if they can sign Parise—but that's a big if. If he held out for free agency and the Canucks were unable to sign him, they'd essentially be giving Luongo up for nothing.
The Canucks, despite being one of the best teams in the league, are fairly weak on the back end. Although Volchenkov doesn't bring much offensive ability, he is one of the league's best shot-blockers.
His defensive awareness would be huge for the Canucks down the stretch.
In addition, his $4.25 million cap hit is one of the bigger ones on the Devils roster, and they'd likely be willing to unload it if they were going to get a better crack at re-signing Zach Parise.
It's important to note that Volchenkov has a no trade clause, and like Luongo, would have to agree to the deal in order for it to happen.
In addition, the value brought by Luongo exceeds that of Volchenkov, and the Devils would likely need to add a draft pick or a prospect to the deal to make it feasible.
With the expected departure of Mason Raymond, who's continually been a disappointment for the Canucks, Vancouver will be in line for a new second line right-winger.
Zubrus would bring size and offensive ability to the Canucks roster, and given what he's displayed this postseason, some successful playoff experience as well.
Much like Volchenkov, Zubrus' $3.4 million contract which expires at the end of next season wouldn't be enough to make it work for either teams.
Prospects or a draft pick would be necessary in this trade, or possibly the addition of Volchenkov as well if the Devils are looking to unload some extra cap space and the Canucks find themselves in a position to take it.