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Luongo is loving Vancouver and ‘having fun playing the game’

Feb 22, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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The more Roberto Luongo talks, the more it seems plausible he could remain a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

Luongo — who many figured would be playing elsewhere by now — sat down this week with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy for an exclusive interview in which the 33-year-old goalie spoke about what “could’ve been a pretty messy situation,” only for things to turn out quite differently.

“I’m happy things have the gone the way they have,” Luongo said. “We don’t know where the future’s going to go, but one thing’s for sure, I’m having fun playing the game. I love Vancouver, and right now we’re winning games and it’s fun to be here.”

Luongo is 4-0-3 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .934 save percentage, superior numbers than the goalie who was supposed to have supplanted him, Cory Schneider (5-3-1, 2.69, .912).

“At the end of the day, like I said back in May, I just want to do what’s best for the team,” Luongo said. “No doubt I would love to have another chance to win a Stanley Cup in Vancouver, but I put my faith in [general manager Mike Gillis's] hands, and he’ll do whatever is best for this team.”

Luongo added: “I’ve always wanted to win. A Stanley Cup is pretty much the only thing that’s missing right now. There wouldn’t be anything sweeter than to win it here, but at the end of the day, it’s not really my call.”

Related: What if Luongo tells the Canucks he wants to stay?

  1. thailer35 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Can we please not have another Luongo story until it’s either him being traded or like an injury or something? It’s been the same old song and dance for a while now.

  2. interiorfan - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Don’t read it if you’re not interested.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Read: I can’t wait to get out of this sodden fog-bound cesspool of negativity and over-rated expectation for the balmier climes of South Beach where the margaritas flow and snow is eight inches deep, even in July? If only Gillis would get his finger out, and find a way to move me to where hockey plays third fiddle to jai alai and real sport is more probably found at one of ninety two theme parks…?

  4. steelers88 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Yawn. I mean cmon really this is no shocker. Why would he not be happy playing hockey. If he hated what his doing then he should have retired.

  5. deezenucks - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Highcountrybear, im confused how you read that exactly? Luo said he wanted to win….

  6. sjsblitz - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Good for you Lu, glad at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the love of the game

  7. mrhyperpants - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Lu the big white elephant in the corner. Your proving all the two faced Canucks fans wrong. Well done you. Lol

  8. thehighcountrybear - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    deeznucks: precisely!

  9. blackhawks2010 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Vancouver should trade him now while he’s playing well. Loungo is not a money goalie, Canucks have their goalie in Schneider, they should dump the Loungo drama and huge salary to someone else and puck up some talent on the blue line and 2, 3rd line for depth.

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