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Curious: Panthers president has “important dinner” in Vegas while Roberto Luongo is in town

Jul 8, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

The trade rumors that continue to rumble between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks added a bit of curiosity today.

Florida Panthers team president Michael Yormark tweeted seemingly innocuously that he was on the road this week and had a “very important dinner” in Las Vegas set for Monday night. That seems all well and good, team presidents often have to do important business on the road.


Wait, Roberto Luongo is in Vegas at the World Series of Poker? Huh… How about that. It must be a happy coincidence that the president of the team interested in acquiring a player is going to the city where said player is holed up for another event.

I’m sure Canucks GM Mike Gillis, the same guy who had tampering charges filed against Leafs GM Brian Burke in 2009, won’t be keeping an eye on either Yormark’s Twitter account or @strombone1 to see if there’s any shenanigans.

  1. ray2013 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    If this leads to a trade being finalized, and the end of Luongo trade stories, then I’m all for it. Tamper away! (unless the Canucks have given permission, then negotiate away!)

  2. DTF31 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    If you’re, reportedly, actively trying to trade a player to a team, is it really tampering if that team contacts said player?

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The Luongo picture brings up an important question: is the brim of that hat just tiny? Or does Roberto have a massive head that makes the brim of that hat look tiny?

    • blomfeld - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      The problem is his “massive” contract … in all likelihood he’ll get invited by Yormark to a “spaghetti dinner” there in Vegas, where he’ll have a change of heart by agreeing to shaving off about 20 mil … at this point, that’s the only option left open for the fool, as he’s now boxed himself in with his ego and greed … the real challenge however will be after, when he goes home and tries explaining that to Mister Luongo …

    • js20011041 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I’m pretty sure that’s a hat designed for females. I’m not making a joke, I’m serious. Somebody should tell him.

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