If Luongo really wants out; enough to ask to be traded, do you think he'd be declaring out loud that he only wants to go to one team? Think about this logically for a second. Don't you think that would hurt his request? I have to think it would but I'd be more than happy to hear reasons as to how that plays into his plan.
You're still not seeing the fact that Luongo holds ALL the power in this standoff.
He determines where he goes, not Mike Gillis. Mike Gillis wanted to send him to Toronto earlier this summer, Louie vetoed it. It's very simple; he wants to go to Florida. Mike Gillis is clearly not happy with what is being offered to him by the Panthers, or else Louie would be long gone.
Honestly, I love what Luongo said today. Good for him. He's really been jerked around by this organization, and now Mike Gillis has been backed into a corner, by his own doing, and Luongo's not going to give him a pass; he wants Florida, he's getting Florida. What the Canucks are given in exchange will be both miniscule and irrelevant to Luongo, who's looking out for him self. And guess what? THIS IS PLAYING OUT EXACTLY AS I SAID IT WOULD. "Oh, there's no rush to trade Luongo, we have an embarrassment of riches in net, Gillis needs to hold on to his asset and get what he can for him, teams will get desperate," etc.
WRONG. Lou said what he did today to both kick Gillis in the ass to get it done, and to remind Gillis who holds the power in this negotiation. We're screwed. Gillis mismanaged this whole ordeal in stunning fashion. Can't wait to see the paltry return that we get back in exchange for one of the most consistent goaltenders in the NHL.