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Combating rumors: Has Luongo given a list of teams he’d play for?

Apr 24, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

In the age of Twitter, rumors have a way of picking up steam. When someone, who may or may not be credible, says something that’s believable, you got to at least wonder if it’s true.

This afternoon, a rumor caught on that Roberto Luongo has presented the Vancouver Canucks with a list of four teams he would be willing to be traded to. Given that Luongo has already publicly agreed to waive his no-trade clause, it’s not a farfetched premise. The only problem is that, according to TSN’s James Duthie, the rumor isn’t true.

Welcome, boys and girls, to a preview of what we’re going to experience over the next couple of months. Does your team need a goaltender? Fear not, for Luongo is headed your way!

Just like Rick Nash before him, there will probably be a Luongo rumor associated with any team that has even a slight chance of wanting him. Never mind if the team in question would actually benefit from having him from a cap or long-term perspective.

  1. dsd3 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Not a Canucks fan, but Luongo is too good of a goaltender to have to deal with this stuff all the time. I feel for the guy. He didn’t deserve to be benched in the playoffs. He wasn’t the problem.

    • warpstonebc - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      There are a fair amount of Canucks fans who think the same way.

      He’s a big boy and we should shed too many tears about how he gets shafted in the end, but it’s hard to say he didn’t try or that he was not starting calibre.

      Schneider is probably the better long-term pick, but it’s still a sad way to see the team’s best player for most of his 6 seasons get run out of town like this.

      • dsd3 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        Well, technically he was benched.

        @warpstonebc, I agree, it’s tough to see a team’s best player run out of town. That’s what bothers me about it.

        And frankly, though Schneider’s been really great in his limited role, he’s not had a large enough body of work to judge whether he will be as good as Luongo on a long-term basis.

      • dsd3 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Sorry, the benched comment was directed at the post after yours.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      He wasn’t benched. The team just couldn’t find their game, and they didn’t have many options. That said, he probably is tired of the drama in Vancouver and better than all this. I hope they can do something quickly.

      • dsd3 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        Well, he was in fact benched. But I agree with you on everything else.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Apart from everything else, Gillis has just said that he isn’t thinking about any long term moves until his future is resolved. I assume he is looking for validation from the owners.

    If we take Gillis at his word, it hardly seems likely that he has had ANY discussions with Luongo about waiving his NTC or any lists.

  3. loinstache - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Still way, way too pre-emptive

  4. loinstache - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Also find it enormously ironic that hockey fans (Vancouver and otherwise) are suddenly flipping from chirping all the nicknames like ‘Luongoal’ to suddenly bleeding hearts crying how he doesn’t deserve this treatment. Fickle bandwagon nature.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      It’s fun to troll Canucks fans and talk about how ‘bad’ Luongo has been for them, but any real hockey fan knows he’s still a damn good goalie.

  5. neelyisgod - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I bet the Bruins & Kings are on that list. Hey if you can’t beat them, join them right?

  6. ktboston - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    He can pump Thomas’s tires

  7. esracerx46 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    “more to come…” that sounds like an Ecklund rumor. Remember you heard it here first!

  8. gotampabay52 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM


  9. pastabelly - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    The guy was a serious head case in games at TD Garden last June. No great goalie completely loses it like that. He has issues.

  10. epictron1 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    I’m not a Lightning fan, but if Stevie Y doesn’t trade for this guy he should be fired…

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

      don’t worry pal … he’s coming your way

  11. blomfeld - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    “Never mind if the team in question would actually benefit from having him from a cap or long-term perspective” …

    I’m now convinced that Dadoun is by far the best writer here at PHT ! … “good times” man :) … Dadoun writes with an entertaining flair for humor and sarcasm, yet his truth and accuracy always cuts right to the bone !

    At any rate, all you Luongo Lovers should take comfort in the fact that your hero will do just fine … he’s headed back to Florida and that’ll be the end of that. So save all this crap about feeling sorry for the $65 million bum. After surrendering a goal, how many times did we see this parasite look upwards towards the heavens and grimace with his selfish “am I the only one playing here” expression ? … 50 times ? … 500 times ? The Canucks are actually very lucky for what’s transpired here these past two weeks.

  12. scottybcboy - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    One team, most likely in the East, is about to become a contender. I can’t wait to see who gets lucky buying low on a very good goalie.

  13. lb200 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Tampa really needs a body in goal! please let us land Luongo. we would have easily made the playoffs with a real goalie in net.

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