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Hashtag goalie: Luongo looking forward to seeing GM Gillis next week?

Jul 12, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

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After keeping a low profile about the future of his hockey career, Roberto Luongo has spoken. Finally. Maybe.

The Vancouver Canucks goalie who was not traded at the draft – you may recall Cory Schneider was dealt to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick – had not spoken about anything hockey related in quite some time, prompting many in the Vancouver media and Canucks fan base to speculate as to why and when Luongo would break his silence.

He had conducted interviews about poker, a game he loves, having just competed in the World Series of Poker.

On Friday, we may have gotten an answer as to other, more lucrative job, and that’s hockey.

A tweet appeared on the famous @strombone1 Twitter account, which is widely believed to be Luongo’s humorous social media tool, referencing Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.

Gillis is expected to meet with Luongo down in Florida in the near future. The two will likely talk about Luongo’s options with the Canucks, and whether he’ll return to play goal in Vancouver next season.

“Roberto and I have a very good relationship,” Gillis said earlier this week. “We’ll be able to talk about all the issues. I’ll know more when I see him.”

Luongo is currently in a 12-year, $64 million contract with the Canucks.

He was at the center of trade speculation for more than a year, ever since Schneider took over the starting goaltender duties from Luongo during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

But the contract has proved impossible to move, despite Gillis’ previous belief he could make a deal with a goalie locked to long-term deal.

Even at his season-ending press conference, Gillis said it was “unlikely” Luongo is back with the Canucks for next season.

  1. helladonks - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    is it too much to ask for, or am i just insane, to hope for a “happy ending” to all of this? that torts changes, softens a little, becomes a bit more tolerable, embraces luongo, convinces him that hes still a hell of a goalie, luongo returns to his former self, and they all (including the rest of the canucks) have some kind of success?

  2. helladonks - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    and they all just say “TO HELL WITH GILLIS!”?!

  3. pensman29 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    U can dream my friend. Just as I dream of Brooklyn decker giving me a happy ending. Sorry Andy Roddik

    • helladonks - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Lu just seems like such a cool dude, i hate seeing all this drama surrounding him
      and im not even a canucks fan

  4. claysbar - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Wouldn’t it be a trip if he met with Gillis just to say….I’m retiring.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I agree, helladonks, I am just sick and tired of this saga between the two. If you’re committing to him, just do it and be done with it already. Especially after the “Either play or don’t play” comment by Gillis. Luongo is overrated and he is a complete Diva, but Gillis isn’t doing much to help the situation.

    What time is it???—


    • maria716 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Speaking as a Bruins fan I loved to hate Luongo during the 2011 playoffs. It was great fun to mock his slicked back hair, the arrogant air he seemed to always have in front of the camera when interviewed, the way he seemed to always choke in the playoffs & I really enjoyed LOUDLY cheering when he was pulled, repeatedly, from the net. Then, well, those comments regarding Tim Thomas, yea, those tire pumping jokes just never seemed to get old.

      But it’s 2013 now & after watching all the crap he has been put through, between a vocal portion of the Canucks fanbase who wanted him run out of town or thrown to the wolves, the media that has delighted in relentlessly tearing him, his game and his “fragile” mental state apart & then having to deal with a GM who appears to have the emotional depth of a sociopath I have developed a real respect for Luongo as both a person and a professional. He has handled this situation with as much patience, class & dignity as anyone could have. That he managed to keep & express a sense of humor about his situation is really impressive.

      While there still may be questions about whether or not he can backstop a team to win the Stanley Cup he has clearly proven he is NOT a diva & deserves respect for how he has handled this whole “soap opera” situation.

      • dueman - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        I can tell that somewhere in that long dragged out comment, you were trying to give Lou a compliment, but unfortunately there is so much bull(s)hit in the way, that I just can’t seem to find it. :)

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      He’s one of the better goalies in the league, how is he overrated?

  6. maria716 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    If my comments are too long for you to read maybe you should stick to twitter.

  7. pastabelly - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    The man needs a fresh start. It might be best for him to get away from Gillis.

  8. jaybertx - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    To smooth things over Gillis is going to extend Lu through 2030 for an extra $100M dollars.

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