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Luongo isn’t paying attention to all the trade talk

Apr 20, 2012, 5:58 PM EST

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If you were waiting for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to say something controversial when he spoke to the media today, sorry, didn’t happen.

Luongo didn’t – or if you believe him, couldn’t – comment on the rampant speculation he’ll be traded this summer in light of the fact Cory Schneider has snatched the starting job in the playoffs.

“To be honest, I don’t really read or listen, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on. I think right now is not the time to be thinking about that stuff,” said Luongo. “We want to be playing hockey for a little while here and that’s what I want to focus on.”

He did, however, acknowledge that it was “tough” to watch from the bench; however, what he’s feeling isn’t important right now.

“I’m not going to put myself ahead of the team,” he said. “We’re in this together. We worked hard all year to be in this position and right now I’m going to do the best I can to be ready in case needed. I’m 100 per cent behind Cory and my teammates.”

Related: How much would Luongo be worth on the trade market?

  1. habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Go get him Burkie, two firsts and a second should do it.

    • bcisleman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Burkie will do it, but only if they extend the contract 5 more years and add a NMC.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Luongo has a NTC and an all but immovable contract, so why would he worry about the talk? I say all but immovable because I cannot exclude the possibility that some GMs are complete morons.

  3. ray2013 - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Since Schneider was in the minors, they’ve been talking about trading one of their goalies. No team is going to keep two starters, when trading one of them could bring a ransom of talented prospects, picks or players. It’s been over two years this has been going on. I don’t know why you don’t just block it out at some point. It’s not a new phenomenon. Good on Lu for saying all the right things and not causing any distractions.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I’m starting to like Luongo again…he’s back to playing great goal, and frankly, I’m puzzled why he’s not in every game? Schneider’s far more marketable if for no other reason, he still has to establish himself as a night in and night out gamer producing winning numbers. Schneider’s chief attraction beyond potential star status is the low salary he can legitimately command until proven in battle. Roberto Luongo’s going nowhere Roberto Luongo doesn’t want to go…

    • blomfeld - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      “Roberto Luongo’s going nowhere” ? …

      Are you serious ? … trust me, all it takes is for Luongo to be invited to a “spaghetti dinner” one night with the Aquilini’s and “presto” … he’s magically on his way the next day ! … it’s as simple as that …

      • rainyday56 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        There’s no more spaghetti dinners at Francesco’s since the wife left. Just a cold can of beans and instant coffee re constituted from the hot water tap.

  5. rainyday56 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    How does one “command” a low salary? That’s the equivalent of Daniel Sedin breaking Marchand’s hand with his face.

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