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Prior to the start of the 2006–07 season, Panthers general manager Mike Keenan traded Luongo to the Vancouver Canucks on June 23, 2006. He was packaged with defenceman Lukáš Krajíček and a sixth round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov) in exchange for forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenceman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alex Auld.[53] Immediately following the deal, Vancouver signed Luongo to a four-year, $27 million deal.[53] He expressed surprise, claiming that he and the Panthers were very close to a deal the day before the trade.[54]
An ice hockey goaltender wearing a white jersey on his knees to make a save. He is looking downwards to the right as an opposing player in black skates towards him.
Luongo with Chris Kunitz at the lip of his crease in 2006

Luongo's arrival in Vancouver ended a seven-and-a-half-year period of instability for Canucks netminding, with a total of 18 goaltenders having played for the club since Kirk McLean's departure in 1998.[12] General manager Brian Burke had coined the term "goalie graveyard" during his tenure in Vancouver to describe the club's goaltending fortunes.[55]

Luongo recorded a 3–1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in his Canucks debut on October 5, 2006.[56] Later in the month, he notched his first shutout with the Canucks, stopping 32 shots in a 5–0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on October 25.[57] On January 9, 2007, Luongo was voted in as a starting goaltender for the first time in his career for the Western Conference All-Stars

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