No surprise, Luongo's family issues are at the heart of his desire to return to the East. He wants a fresh start in a city where he has a chance to reconcile with his wife and with a team he can be the true number one on and hopefully that team will be a playoff bound team.
As to who the Canucks prefer to keep, I think it is Cory. Have I told you that they absolutely love this kid?
If the Canucks had come out and said that Luongo is their number one and will be for the foreseeable future then perhaps Luongo may think twice about leaving. But with his personal issues I dunno. So I think it is a combination of things for him. If the family situation was stable I think he would be fine staying here if the Canucks traded Cory but he knows they covet the guy and with everything that has gone on for him personally, to being booed and being replace in the playoffs I think he sees the writing on the wall and is ready to move on.
I stand by what I was told about deadline day. The Canucks were talking trade to at least two teams and the subject was Luongo. I believe one was Tampa but I don't know who the other team was. The Canucks were, for the right reasons, very reluctant to move either goalie before the season was over and it is doubtful Luongo would have waived his NTC on deadline day but it was discussed.
I have in fact been told that Luongo wanted to return to the East was made known to the Canucks before the deadline day. This is why I said that if a deal was there it may have happened but so many other things would have had to happen first.
I think the Canucks covet Cory and see him as their goalie for the next 10+ years. They want him that badly. I also think they feel Luongo's time here is up and he is better served to move on for all the reasons discussed.
I am also hearing rumblings that ownership will weigh in next week and that their preference is to move Luongo and keep Cory. But the Water Boy has not been known to make direct demands just strong suggestions, i.e., trade the farm for Richards. The last guy that didn't take the hint was let go.
So what do I think happens? The Canucks will explore trading Luongo with the teams on his list. They will sit down with Cory and see if he wants to sign on long term. If Cory says yes, sign me up for 5-6 years, then the Canucks will assess everything and move from there. But if the return for Luongo is shit and if ownership does not get involved then Cory will be the one to move, unless Luongo's request to be traded is dead serious I need/want to move to the East.
Clearly we now know one will be dealt and the idea of keeping both is a fantasy. They both want to be the number one and paid like it.
If you look at what is being demanded for Nash then I think Luongo should get us a roster player, a prospect and a high draft pick. He could go to Tampa and win them a cup. In Toronto he could lead them to their first playoffs in 1 million years.He is the type of player that is a franchise player.