The future of goaltender Roberto Luongo is one of a number of pressing issues facing the Vancouver Canucks now that the NHL and the players' association have to come to a tentative agreement to end the lockout.
And so long as the new collective bargain agreement is approved by both the owners and the union's membership, the veteran netminder will be expected at training camp.
"It's become a priority for a number of other teams," said general manager Mike Gillis on a conference call Sunday, suggesting there is strong interest in the goaltender. "So it's become a priority for us."
Luongo was displaced as the starter in last spring's Stanley Cup playoffs by Cory Schneider. After the Canucks were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, Luongo said he would agree to waive his no-trade clause if the team asks him to.