Roberto Luongo informed Canucks GM Mike Gillis that the Florida Panthers are his preferred destination, but he knows that nothing is set in stone.
"You never want to be traded. You want to have success with the team you are with," Luongo said. "I have some control but I'm not a free agent by any means. At some point I'm going to have to make a decision. Of course, Florida is a spot I would like to end up. But there will be options out there. I have to be careful to make the right decision." Luongo admitted this is a strange situation. With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing CBA negotiations, team might be hesitant to trade for Luongo and assume his cap hit until they know what the 2012-13 salary cap will be.