The Canucks players, minus Cory Schneider and Manny Malhotra (in NYC for the CBA talks), were all in attendance at Wednesday’s Jake Milford Charity Golf tournament, including yet-to-be-traded netminder Roberto Luongo.
It was Luongo’s first appearance in Vancouver since the end of the 2011-12 season, when he lost his starting job to Cory Schneider and became trade bait. But Luongo is still Canucks property and, as GM Mike Gillis stated many times over the summer, is ready to start the coming season in Vancouver.
Luongo told a media throng that there’s no animosity between him and the club, he’s been in regular contact with Schneider through the summer, and he’s willing to start the season with the Canucks.
He told a Miami newspaper last week that his preference is to be traded to the Florida Panthers, but Luongo also made it clear that he’s open to other team options.
Hear the full Luongo scrum here:
Meanwhile Ryan Kesler, who struggled last season with shoulder and wrist injuries, told BMac and Taylor that he’s targetting a December or January return in order to ensure he’s back at 100%.
Hear Kesler’s comments here:
TEAM 1040 was live on-location at the tournament, joined by a throng of Canucks players and management types.
Hear from Mike Gillis, Rick Bowness, David Booth and Alex Burrows below: