The Vancouver Canucks are once again coming off of a first-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and veteran goalie Roberto Luongo looks like he is ready to move on. Luongo led the team to the Stanley Cup finals back in 2011, but they have been working towards replacing him between the pipes with Cory Schneider and that isn’t going to fly.
Luongo is currently in a 12-year, $64 million contract, but the he and the team are expected to part ways because he wants to have a starting job.
“I have made that statement before,” Luongosaid, via the Vancouver Sun.
“I feel like I am in a stage of my life where I want to play. Whether that’s here or somewhere else remains to be seen. But what has happened over the course of the last two years suggests that maybe it’s not my place to be the starter here anymore. That being said, things change so, who knows.”
There is no doubt that Luongo has plenty left in the tank.
During his two games in goal this postseason, he had brilliant outings against the San Jose Sharks. However, head coach Alain Vigneault was looking for a spark and decided to go with Schneider in the next for Game 3 and Game 4.
There are plenty of teams out there who could benefit from an improvement at goalie, so Luongo wouldn’t be out of a job long if he splits ways with the Canucks this offseason.