Roberto Luongo ‘Stunned’ About Trade, Didn’t Expect Move Before NHL Trade Deadline

1393810264_luongoThe Vancouver Canucks trading veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo isn’t a surprise given his desire for a move that has lasted for about two years, but the timing of the deal is a shock to many, even for the player himself.

“Stunned. I was not expecting it,” Luongo told TSN Radio shortly after being traded to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m happy for myself and my family but a little sad to be leaving Vancouver.”

“It was really out of the blue. I was not expecting it at all,” Luongo said. “I thought my contract was immovable. I would never thought I would be traded before the deadline.”

“There was ups and downs no doubt about it, but I think it was a pretty successful run.”

Given the lack of rumors involving Luongo in the weeks leading up to the March 5 deadline, few people were expecting the Canucks to pull off this kind of move. There are eight years remaining on his contract, which is substantial for a player who’s exiting his prime at 34 years old.

Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada provided some context via Twitter.

Luongo spent over seven seasons in Vancouver, where he was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2011 and led the team to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final that same season. He won 30 or more games six times for the Canucks.

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