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Cherry: Why would Luongo want to play for Toronto?

Nov 5, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

Don Cherry

Last month Sportsnet’s John Shannon stated that a “reputable source” told him Roberto Luongo will be traded to Toronto following the lockout, but Luongo’s agent and Canucks GM Mike Gillis have distanced themselves from the report.

Now Don Cherry is weighing in. He doesn’t see why Luongo would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Why would he want to come here and step into the same thing as Vancouver? Every time they lose, it’s his fault. He only took them to the seventh game (of the 2011 Stanley Cup final). How many goaltenders have taken them to the seventh game?” Cherry told Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

“I don’t think he wants to step into a real hotspot like here. I think he wants to go to Florida because his wife comes from Florida.”

Cherry does think that Luongo would be a great addition to the Leafs if they can convince him to waive his no-trade clause.

Even if it’s not to Toronto, it would make sense for the Vancouver Canucks to trade Luongo. They have already made a commitment to Cory Schneider by signing him to a three-year, $12 million contract extension. Trading Luongo would spare them of his $5.3 million annual cap hit through 2021-22. That’s especially important when you factor in how close the Canucks were to the projected cap before the lockout began.

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I could have seen a decent reason for him to go there while Allaire was still in charge. It’s close to Montreal, where he’s from and Allaire was his goalie coach for years. Now that Allaire’s gone, Toronto’s just a media-pressure market that hasn’t made the playoffs in long time.

  2. capsrockva - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    don cherry is an idiot.. just get the deal done so we all can watch hockey

    • sunderlanding - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      Mr. Cherry may be obnoxious, loud, arrogant, overly nationalistic and borderline racist, but he is most certainly not an idiot. I’m curious as to why you would think that? The man obviously knows his hockey. Maybe you don’t know yours? Maybe you should go back to watching Football and MMA and leave hockey to the real fans.

  3. id4joey - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Media pressure? The media pressure is no less with Allaire being there. The question should be, why play for the lowly Leafs who are managed by Burke and coached by Carlyle?

  4. jaker85 - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Why is he playing air piano in that picture with his prom jacket on?

  5. id4joey - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Does anybody know why this guy is still on HNC?

    • blomfeld - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Joey – I’m a Canadian friend and I know exactly why ! The bottom line is that Don Cherry has become an institution in this country, simply because he says”exactly” what many of us Canadians truly feel, yet are utterly afraid to say ourselves. Look, you Americans get bashed all the time for “supposedly” being obnoxious and boisterous, etc. Well perhaps that may be at times ? But at least you guys are honest and you “say it” the way you feel. You don’t hide behind cliches or this “politically correct” veil, the way we Canadians like to do. In fact, it’s because of that honesty and the general decency of the average person, that Americans are by far my favorite people of all ! :)

      GO LA KINGS !!



      • id4joey - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Mr. Blom, you did get the name correct, however, not the nationality. My question was really a rhetorical one. I’ve been watching HNiC for a long time. I just think that he is past his time, and HNiC should revamp the show a little. You know, reinvent itself to be in tune with the more modern and popular trends. Evolve like the game has evolved, like a true artist will reinvent himself so should HNIC. Hey! Someone in their infinite wisdom decided to drop the HNiC theme after all these years. Why stop there?

      • blomfeld - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        Joey … if you’re a fellow Canadian, then please don’t take my remarks in a disparaging fashion … we Canadians like to think we’re “all that” when compared to our American brothers no doubt … but in reality we’re essentially the same … the only real difference is that we don’t speak up the way Americans do …

    • sunderlanding - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      To evolve doesn’t mean you change your cast it means you grow. Mr. Cherry has grown with the game. He has been at the forefront of hockey his entire life, and there are few people who know hockey as well as he does. He has pushed for a change in the icing rule, he pushed to get restrictions on equipment (this would reduce head injurys) he is pushing for the bear-hug rule (which would reduce head inurys) he believes the inforcer rule was a mistake and we should get rid of it (anyone who disagrees with that doesn’t watch hockey). Say what you want about him being obnoxious and all the rest. No one on TV is as correct when it comes to hockey as Mr. Cherry.

      • id4joey - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:36 AM

        sunderlanding, he should go because as you wrote ‘Mr. Cherry may be obnoxious, loud, arrogant, overly nationalistic and borderline racist’. BTW, overly nationalistic is not an issue, and I think he his comments have been laced with racism. He does sound off and at times has issued an apology… I don’t know about that. I’ve always respected individuals who are not afraid to give their opinion, but, don’t apologise afterwards. Lastly, his salary is over the top for his 15 min gig. I would bet he will be booted off the air when his contract is up.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Being obnoxious, loud, arrogant, and borderline racist is no reason to take someone off of T.V. If we start doing that we’ll be left with some boring analysyst who’s affraid to offend anyone. I admire Cherry’s passion, and happen to agree with him on most issues. Even when I don’t agree with him I think he’s got an interesting take on things, and it’s refreshing to hear that rather than the crap people recite that they read somewhere else because they’re too affraid to think for themselves.

      • id4joey - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        I agree that we can’t take every obnoxious and arrogant individual off the air. Just him and Rush Limbaugh would be a good start. ☺

  6. cloudniner9 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    No player that has a choice would ever play in Toronto, worst organization in the league just below Columbus, pure career suicide, besides he is going to Edmonton as soon as the lockouts over

    • sunderlanding - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      Nash had Toronto on his list, Luongo had Toronto on his list, Shultz almost picked Toronto, Savard had Toronto on his list, Stamkos wanted Toronto to sign him to an offer sheet, Seguin was disapointed Toronto traded away the draft pick and he couldn’t play for Toronto, Toronto was Gretzkys favourite team. Looks like a lot of people who are better than you at hockey would love to play for the Leafs. You’re probably just jealous because even if the Leafs finish last they will still be talked about and cared about more than whatever crappy team you cheer for.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Worse than Columbus? Let’s back the hyperbole train up.

  7. valoisvipers - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Yeah Cherry has had a good run, but I too, as fellow poster id4joey,am tired of Cherry’s schickt.

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