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Sportsnet.ca -- Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a package that includes Todd Bertuzzi.

Sportsnet has learned the Canucks are getting Luongo, defenceman Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft in exchange for Bertuzzi, defenceman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alex Auld.

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Luongo going to Canucks for Bertuzzi

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6/23/2006 10:10:36 PM

The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers have completed a multi-player trade involving some big names on the eve of the NHL Draft.

The Panthers have confirmed that they acquired Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alexander Auld from the Canucks in exchange for Roberto Luongo and Lukas Krajicek.

Luongo is a restricted free agent, and the Panthers have been unable to work out a long-term deal. The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said that the team would explore all options when it came to Luongo.

Luongo had a 2.97 goals-against average and .914 save percentage last season. The Panthers finished 11th in the Eastern Conference and have not made the playoffs during Luongo's five seasons with the team.

"This is a trade that addresses a number of needs for our hockey club," Keenan said. "We’ve added an experienced and talented forward, a skilled goaltender and a strong defenceman that we expect to help our team immediately."

Bertuzzi had 25 goals and 71 points last season, following his suspension for attacking Colorado's Steve Moore near the end of the 2004 regular season.

Berfore news of the impending deal broke, Nonis made no bones about the fact that he was shopping.

"He's in the same spot as everyone else, but the media loves to focus on one player," said Nonis of Bertuzzi. "We have a group of players that as a group underachieved which means the majority of those players are available."

Bertuzzi's best season was 2002-2003, when he scored 46 goals and 51 assists.
 

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Sorry!!

Sorry this is in the wrong place!!

Maybe someone can move it to the oppropriate thread (Trade Rumors and Free Agents).

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