How the NHL Lockout Kept Vancouver from Dealing Roberto Luongo

Riley Kufta@@RileyKuftaContributor IIIOctober 16, 2012

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 21: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks listens to the National Anthem prior to the start of NHL action against the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2012 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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During the offseason, there was a lot of talk surrounding Roberto Luongo and where he may end up.

But when Gary Bettman announced that the NHL would not continue to operate under the previous CBA and the prospect of a lockout was introduced, the trade talks cooled. 

The lockout, in many ways, is the reason Luongo is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks

Now, the reason he hasn't been traded in the past month is obvious: the Canucks are not able to make transactions while there is no CBA in place. 

But why couldn't he have been traded earlier?

Prior to the lockout, there was interest in Luongo, but the offers on the table (if any) were not to Mike Gillis' liking. But can you blame the other managers?

Would the general managers of the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs or Florida Panthers really be willing to pay the big bucks for a player who may be locked out for an entire season? 

Imagine that, God forbid, the entire 2012-13 season is lost. Luongo would be one year older, one year closer to the end of his prime and one year closer to retirement by the time he suits up for his new team. 

On the contrary, imagine you're Mike Gillis. If a season is lost, the Canucks do not pay Luongo, and when a CBA is agreed upon, more teams could enter the mix. 



Earlier this morning, the NHL made a significant proposal in which the NHL and NHLPA would split revenues 50-50. 

Whether or not this will get the wheels rolling to salvage a season remains to be seen. 

If the two sides do reach a resolution, it will be interesting to see how the Canucks handle Roberto Luongo. Will they keep the deadly Luongo/Schneider duo and wait to see which teams show interest next summer or at the trade deadline, or will current interest rise to the point where Luongo finds a new home this season?