(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — One of the NHL’s best goalies wants out. Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo said on Friday night in an interview with Vancouver’s 99.3 the Fox that he expects to leave the organization for another team.
Luongo was acquired back in 2006 from the Florida Panthers and has 339 career wins in the NHL with 60 shutouts, and a .919 save percentage.
“I think it’s really time to move on,” Luongo said. “I don’t think either one of us … either I demanded a trade or (Canucks general manager Mike Gillis) suggested a trade. It was a mutual understanding that it was time for Cory (Schneider) to take over.”
The Canucks signed backup goalie Schneider to a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason.
“I would never say never. You never know,” the 33-year-old Luongo said when asked if he’d remain in Vancouver. “But I think we all know what’s going on. We’ve all seen what’s developed. At the end of the day, I think it’s time to move on. And I’m OK with that. I had a great six years in Vancouver. It’s a really wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there. Probably my biggest regret. But it’ll be remembered for six great years.”
Since 2006, Luongo has led the Canucks to the playoffs five times.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News