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Luongo admits he “might be” a Panther soon during World Series of Poker

Jul 14, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Table chatter is common during poker games – even the World Series of Poker – but apparently Roberto Luongo wasn’t hiding everyone during his fourth (and final) day in the event. Shortly before being eliminated, Bluff Magazine caught an interesting interchange between Luongo and Kamran Siddiqui where Luongo made a far-from-sly reference about the possibility of his return to the Florida Panthers.

“You played for my hometown team,” said Siddiqui, who is from Miami.

“Who’s that?” asked Luongo.

“The Florida Panthers,” answered Siddiqui.

“Oh yeah, I might be going back there,” said Luongo, while smiling.

“Yeah?” asked Siddiqui.

“Might be,” replied Luongo.

That’s far from groundbreaking stuff, but it’s interesting to hear it come from Luongo himself. We’ll see if his mild prediction will come true soon enough.

  1. imleftcoast - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    That’s just Luongo making a joke, and a pretty funny one. Good attitude for a guy whose career is in limbo.

    • icdogg - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      ..or is it?…

      • jaguar0413 - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        No. It definitely was a funny joke.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:01 PM


    The “unwavering” reverence which Luongo continues to garner from his lovers and followers is positively dumbfounding. During the six years he was here, the Canucks did absolutely “everything” in their power to accommodate the man (ie: showering him with millions of dollars, awarding him the team captaincy, tolerating his anti-social persona, etc). But in the end it wasn’t enough as he let his team down “time and time” again, always when they needed him the most. The bottom line is that he “did not” live up to his end of the bargain here and so “good riddance” to the man.

    That week after Game 5 against the Kings, Luongo was reported to have cleaned out his apartment here … something he had never done during the previous five seasons. That alone was probably all anyone needed to know ? Nonetheless, I already knew that the die had been cast when Richards scored that “cheeky” goal on Luongo in game one.

    • chesterbardo - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:24 AM

      Yes Roberto was the toast of Vancouver; can’t say he didn’t earn and deserve it. So much love and accolades, that is up until the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Sure he had a questional performance v. The Bruins, to say the least, yet didn’t Kessler and the Sedin’s tank it as well? Yet captain Lu seemed to shoulder ALL the blame, so much so the fans literally torched the city. Suddenly the once cherished Lu was dragged through the mud and across the hot coals unjustly tagged as the sole scapegoat. Unfair when you think about it now, yes? In the end we all should realize that these superstars are just plain human like the rest of us. Maybe Lu’s skin is a bit too thin but you need to realize he is still a top 5 goalie in this league! Does he have the will and ability to win it all? That remains to be seen. But any chance of getting it done with the Nucks flew out the window a year ago, thanks to the turncoat media and fans.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        “any chance of getting it done with the Nucks flew out the window a year ago” …

        Not quite true friend. Luongo was still “the man” this past April, starting games one and two against the Kings in the first round … and he was “soundly” beaten (ie: you could tell what was going to ultimately happen, when Richards scored on him from a bad angle in game one). Nonetheless, his “falling out” here started a long time ago, probably going back to the successive playoff losses to the Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. And then you have the complete “meltdown” against the Bruins last year, which still baffles me to this day ? I agree that the Sedins, Kessler, Burrows and company are also culpable for the teams’ shortcomings … at least to an extent. But they were not the “keepers of the fort” like Luongo was and they were not compensated the way he was. With “big money” comes “big expectations” and the bottom line is that Luongo failed to deliver in the playoffs, for four straight years.

      • chesterbardo - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Unfortunately Lu lost “the man” status after the 2011 finals loss. Since then he’s been labeled “can’t win”, like was LeBron. And just because LeBron has finally reached the pinnacle in no way means it’s destined for Lu.
        He may be anti social and have a thin skin but he is still a top 5 goaltender in this league, and stii well in his prime.
        I just hope that Cory Schneider is the answer; that he can carry the same load, produce at the same high level, and finally get you guys to the promised land.

  3. desertfan - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Nucks working on 3 way -Luongo to dallas for Morrow- Luongo to Florida for ????

    • imleftcoast - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Luongo played his best series ever against Dallas in 2007. Him and Marty Turco were unbelievable.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Yeah, but it was all in vain … you’ll also recall that the Canucks went on to the next round where they were “destroyed in detail” by the Anaheim Ducks in just just games …

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        meant to say “in just five games” …

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