The Vancouver Canucks are not close to trading Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Canucks GM Mike Gillis.
Gillis recently countered a report by Sportsnet's John Shannon. "The definition of 'close' is something that is different for everybody," Gillis said. "I'm not sure why John would say that because that's certainly not the case. Everyone is entitled to speculate on whatever they'd like to speculate on. We've moved very slowly on any discussions with Roberto. We'll trade him when we get what we want to get for him or we won't trade him. Either way is fine with me. If we can do something that is going to help us and moves our team forward in different areas, we're certainly going to consider it. But that hasn't occurred yet so I'm not quite sure why that would be said." When the lockout ends, Luongo will probably be dealt quickly. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers appear to be top of the top potential trading partners.