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Luongo poised to ink extension with Canucks

Goaltender Roberto Luongo reportedly is close to signing a contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo reportedly is close to inking a contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

"Negotiations are ongoing and we are confident we will reach an agreement before training camp," The Associated Press was told Monday by a team official via email.

Luongo, 30, is heading into the final season of the four-year, $27-million US contract he signed June 29, 2006.

The Canucks captain mentioned last week at Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp that he wanted to seal a deal before NHL training camps open Sept. 12.

Luongo posted a 33-13 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and nine shutouts in 54 appearances last season, stopping 92 per cent of the shots he faced.

The Montreal native is 230-232-31 (33 ties) lifetime with a 2.57 GAA and 47 shutouts in 544 appearances over nine NHL seasons with New York Islanders, Florida Panthers and Canucks.

He was drafted fourth overall by New York in 1997.

Vancouver acquired Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick from Florida for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld on June 23, 2006.

With files from The Associated Press