How Roberto Luongo almost became a Calgary Flame

Before becoming one of the best netminders in the NHL today, and in NHL history, Roberto could have (and should have) been a member of the Calgary Flames organization.

Appearing on TSN 1040, former Calgary GM Craig Button shared an insider peek of a trade he'd wish he accepted at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
When I first took over in Calgary, Mike Milbury in Long Island was moving Roberto and he ended trading him to Florida, Button said. I could have traded Derek Morris for Roberto Luongo at that time. At the time, coming in, I felt like it was a situation where I really liked Derek Morris and I didn't want to start manoeuvring around too much. But boy, I look back at that, especially with some of the goaltending challenges we had in Calgary at the outset, that would have been a real good move. 
Luongo was just 21 years of age when he was sent to the Florida Panthers along with Olli Jokinen for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, which was a lopsided trade in which Florida won without a doubt. Milbury's decision to trade Luongo was because he wanted to draft netminder Rick DiPietro first overall. 

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