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Just wondering — when will Luongo be ready to talk?

Jul 24, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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You’ll excuse Vancouver Canucks fans for not quite trusting Mike Gillis when it comes to the topic of Roberto Luongo.

Gillis, after all, is the general manager who said all along that trading Luongo wouldn’t be a problem — just a matter of how much the Canucks could get in return — and anyone who thought otherwise didn’t know what they were talking about.

But Gillis never did (or could) trade the 34-year-old goalie with the big contract. Ultimately, it was Cory Schneider who was dealt to New Jersey at the draft on June 30.

The new CBA was to blame, said Gillis. It’s complicated, he said. Then, on Tuesday at a season-ticket holders event in Vancouver, he tried to make it sound like all was just dandy between general manager and player.

“We were laughing for most of it,” Gillis said of a recent visit to Florida to speak with Luongo, per the Globe and Mail. “It wasn’t strained or adversarial at all.”

“I’m fully confident he’ll be here (for training camp),” Gillis told reporters later.

Yet since the Schneider trade, Luongo has yet to speak publicly about his role with the club. There have been a couple of funny tweets, sure. But nothing that confirmed he’d indeed be at training camp, ready and excited to be the starting goalie for the Canucks in 2013-14.

So, why the wait?

This is where the speculation starts…

Perhaps Luongo just wants to make Gillis sweat a bit. Just a little harmless payback for failing to grant the trade request.

Heck, maybe Luongo wants the fans to sweat, too, given he was apparently upset that so much blame was heaped on his shoulders for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Bruins. And now those same fans are worried he might hold out? That could be kind of satisfying, couldn’t it?

Or maybe he’s actually considering a holdout.

Look, chances are Luongo will report to training camp. Forget all the guaranteed money he’d risk by not showing up. He’d also risk a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

Suffice to say, the Olympics are important to Luongo. After he started and won the gold-medal game in 2010, he was asked if it erased the doubt people had in his ability to perform under pressure. His response? “You guys can be the judge of that, but I got a gold medal around my neck and nobody can take that away from me.”

The thing is, until Canucks fans hear from the man himself, they can’t know for sure what he plans to do.

Which begs another question:

Maybe Luongo doesn’t know either?

  1. blackhawks2010 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    The Circus is well underway!

    • valoisvipers - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      I don’t get it. Just what could he hold out for? This article doesn’t make sense, sorry Jason.

      • valoisvipers - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        PS. If he thinks he’s holding out for another team to take him and his contract,he better rethink it.
        Trying to force a buyout?
        Help me out folks.

      • alexnewca - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        He would hold out because he said his time as a canuck was over basically, and now he is the starter again. That’s gotta mess with a guys head, so he might hold out because of the way he has been treated

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        “Let us always help those in need” … Cornelius 20:6

        Valoisvipers – We fully understand your confusion friend, so allow me to offer you some testimony which I submitted here at PHT just the other day …

        Anyone who’s studied just ‘basic’ Contract Law will know that as long as ‘all’ signing parties are in mutual agreement, then there’s virtually nothing which can’t be done to such contract, including but not limited to it’s termination. The bottom line as I see it is as follows:

        a) Luongo is not coming back to Vancouver and nor does he want to

        b) the Aquilini’s are desperate to free themselves of the 46 mil still owed to him

        c) a stalemate between Luongo and the Aqulini’s is ‘not’ in the best interests of the NHL

        Considering these three facts, it doesn’t take much to see what’s likely to now occur. Perhaps my use of the word ‘waive’ above wasn’t the most appropriate term. But one way or the other, I’m convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Luongo and the Canucks are now fast approaching a ‘mutual’ parting of ways.

  2. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    FREE TIRE PUMPING. JUST LEAVE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER HERE:

    “When you need your tires pumped, nobody does it better than Roberto!”

    – Tim Thomas

  3. dirtydog57 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Cut him loose. Can’t believe he’s getting the big bucks and calling the shots. He’s old hat; give the young prospects a chance and let go of the baggage!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elvispocomo - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      It’s not like he’s some 2nd/3rd line forward, and there are reasonable replacements. And it’s not like letting him go is as easy as voiding his contract either. Lack and Eriksson haven’t proven anything yet, so to run with them without any alternative is a bit hasty to say the least.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      That’s a great idea since there are so many elite goalies looking for work

  4. c9castine - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    i didnt buy anything gillis said about their relationship being good. i think hes putting luongo in a really bad position in the media by saying that stuff because luongo hasn’t said anything and ill bet hes just as ticked off and embarrassed as we all think he is. if i did my job as poorly and insensitively as mike gillis i would have been fired a long time ago can’t believe that guy still has a job making a ton of money.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Well, Gillis has at least talked with him, where you have nothing of substance to say the meeting went any other way than what Gillis said it did. You’re welcome to your opinion, but a GM whose team got to the SCF in 2011 and was named GM of the year at the same time must have some credibility, no?

      • thos_prattt - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        All Gillis is guilty of is trying to keep the younger goalie who outplayed Luongo and supplanted him as starter. Any GM would do the same. Once cap recapture became a reality, that plan became untenable. Not Gillis’ fault. Gillis may have erred by not shedding that albatross contract earlier, but it also seems likely that Luongo himself scuttled a trade with Toronto. So maybe it wasn’t entirely Gillis’ fault there either.

        Anyhow, if Luongo can either start for the Canucks or give them reason to void his contract. I’d call that a win-win for the Canucks.

        So unless Gillis had a clear chance to trade Luongo last summer and didn’t, I really don’t see how he is the one exclusively at fault.

  5. hockey412 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Meh. I’m ok with Luongo not talking.

    Still, I hope he has the best season of his career. Don’t care much for/about the Canucks, but it would be a good story.

  6. blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    AH, ISN’T THIS CUTE … POOR LITTLE ROBERTO WON’T COME OUT PLAY !

    To say this is ‘amusing’ would be an understatement of gross proportions, as nothing could be funnier than watching this ’64 million dollar’ drama queen now torment his masters to no end … you gotta love it man ! :) What isn’t so funny however, is the fact that this petulant and ‘self-absorbed’ prima donna still has actual fans who still support his every move. Truly unbelievable when you think about it and needless to say, very much ‘consistent’ with the behavior of sheep …

    GO SILENCE !!! :) :) :) :) :)

    • nj666 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      More of you’re illogical posts, we get it you know how to ass youtube vids to comments. No one thinks you’re special or creative for that matter. Now go on and color something so your mom can put it up on the refrigerator.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        HUH ? … I thought I was supposed to be a geezer ? … I’m confused friend and therefore please elucidate … thanks

        ps: I bet that you have four legs, a tail and you like to say ‘baa’ and start fires ? … not bad eh ! :)

      • thos_prattt - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Truly, I have come to enjoy Blomfeld. He is a refreshing parody of the idea of commenting on a sports blog — a good reminder not to take things too seriously around here.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        No No No … This is ‘Deadly’ Serious Stuff !

        Comrade Pratt, but don’t ever let them fool you, not even for a second ! As the old saying goes … ‘may light forever cast it’s warm and truthful glow upon darkness and deception’ Romulus 14:7

    • pxland - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Oh dear God….

    • micasa81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    • paledevil - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Blomfeld is inviting us to free our minds Let go of this lemming procession Break out of the mold Escape the Matrix ….
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGK62g0EXro

      @strombone1

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        *** somewhere out on the great plains ***

        Ten Bears: look brothers, it is ‘he’ … the one who helped us repel the liars at Two Rivers !

        Blomfeld: indeed brother, it is ‘he’ … let us ride forth and share words with our friend …

        Crazy Dog: well that’s cool and all, but does this ‘he’ guy know where we can find some chicks ?

        Paledevil – Thanks man for your kind remarks on that other thread … we gotta keep it real eh ? :) Anyway, I do think you’re on to something here with your ‘Lemming/Matrix’ theory. I can’t be 100% certain, however something is telling me that there’s more to this story than PHT is letting on? What exactly happened there in Florida during Gillis’ so-called ‘visit’ and why is he now so reluctant to provide details? … and why haven’t we heard a single word from Luongo himself or even seen him in public since? With all kidding aside, I am starting to get an ominous feeling about this entire affair and I don’t like that one bit. Take care my friend and may the ‘light of truth’ soon cast it’s glow upon whatever it is that’s going on here.

    • slysipops - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      TOO FUNNY !!!!!! BUT, i’ll bet the NUCK fans don’t think so ! too many questions in their minds about TORTS and whether he’ll send the TWINS to the minors or turn them into BEEFCAKES ?? and now this ! ! the comments back to ya are also hilarious !

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Luongo doesn’t have any leverage, where is this idea that he does come from?

    • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      perhaps from Luongo himself ? … the fact that he won’t come out to play ?

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        blomfeld, if the canucks and luongo do finally go their separate ways on mutual terms, why trade cory schneider? i thought he was one of the main reasons luongo was on the way out in the first place. and who’s in net if luongo isn’t?

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Perhaps a ‘last ditch’ effort that failed ?

        Friend, I also find this business of ‘offloading’ Schneider to be bizarre? However I suspect that the Canucks were trying to ‘stare down’ Luongo and call his bluff ? … an endeavor in which they’ve now obviously failed. Nonetheless, if things play out the way I think they will, then look for Eddie Lack to be your starting “Canuckle” goalie come October 6th in Calgary …

        ps: he’s Swedish and so I guarantee you that he’s up for the challenge ! :)

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Except he’s never said that. That idea has come from internet and media trolls like you

  8. michflaguy - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Cut him loose already!!!

  9. slysipops - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    does this mean that just maybe , LOU is still considering the ECONOMY PIZZA BUSINESS ? so far this off season is like hockey’s answer to soap operas ! THE YOUNG ( or old ) ..AND THE RESTLESS ….starring JAMMIE JAGIR………. DAYS OF OUR LIVES ….starring LOU LUONGO……….ONE LIFE TO LIVE……starring JEROME IGIMLA !! IT JUST GETS BETTER EVERY DAY !

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