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Luongo hires new agents (Updated)

Jul 24, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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Another day, another fresh twist to the Roberto Luongo saga.

As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, Luongo has hired Pat Brisson and JP Barry of CAA Sports to be his new representatives.

When it comes to agents, there aren’t any heavier hitters in the hockey world than those two.

What it means for the Canucks isn’t clear. It could simply be that Luongo was unhappy with his former agent, Gilles Lupien, for failing to orchestrate a trade out of Vancouver.

Luongo has nine years remaining on his current contract, so he doesn’t need any help negotiating a new deal. Unless, of course, he’s hoping to find a way out of that contract (which he did say in April he’d “scrap” if he could) and into a new one.

That still seems unlikely — if not impossible — though.

But then, trading Cory Schneider seemed unlikely, too.

Update:

Barry tells the Vancouver Sun he plans to meet soon with Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and assistant GM Laurence Gilman; however, he wouldn’t say much more than that.

“I think I am going to have to reserve comment for a while,” Barry said. “We need to get up to speed and take some time. Obviously we are coming on to a difficult file and we need to give him proper advice and we need to take some time here, talk with Roberto, talk with Mike and Laurence. There are media reports and then there’s talking to the parties. We’ll take the time to do that over the next little while here … we’ll try and reach out to them in the next day or two.”

Worth noting: Barry also represents Vancouver’s Sedin twins.

Related: Just wondering — when will Luongo be ready to talk?

  1. blackhawks2010 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Loungo is a disaster, changing Agents? Really?
    Hey Loungo, the last agent was able to secure you an enormous Contract that you haven’t lived up to. The one who should be fired is you! Bottom line, you are not a winner.

    • joey4id - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Nothing wrong with his previous agent since he negotiated the $64m deal. Signing with CAA sports is not a disaster at all. As indicated by the author if this article, Brisson and Barry are top notch agents and have a lot of pull. Who knows but they and Luongo about what is behind this move. They no doubt have a plan that will soon be revealed.

      • 950003cups - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        What plan?

        His comatose contract ends in 9 years.

        Nobody wants to trade for him.

        Canucks obviously have no immediate plans to buy him out. They proved that by trading Schneider for Bo Diddly.

        Besides getting him an endorsement deal with RBK or Bauer, (which is highly unlikely) what can his new agent do? The old agent still gets the commission from the old deal anyway.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        I concur with your analysis friend, as no doubt Luongo has chosen the path of ‘non-performance’ as the out from his contractual obligations to Aquilini Investments. And no doubt that’s the reason why he’s hired these new agents who are ‘professionally’ trained in such legal matters. But does it really have to be so cumbersome, at least from the Aquilini’s perspective? I’m actually amazed that Luongo hasn’t already had the ‘heat’ brought down on him? Then again, we haven’t seen or heard from Luongo for weeks now, so one does have to wonder eh ?

      • joey4id - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        And the plan is unfolding. CAA already working the angles. Stay tuned! This is better than any reality show on TV.

  2. sunderlanding - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Why does he need a new agent? He’ll retire before his contract runs out anyway.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      For a possible new contract with a new team in case it works out poorly with the Canucks this coming season and he gets a buyout next summer.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        There is no way the Canucks buy him out now. No matter how bad a year they have. He’s their only goalie, and a buyout wouldn’t serve any purpose. If this team can’t win a rebuild is in the future, and a buyout won’t help that process.

      • joey4id - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Have to agree on sunderlanding here. If they had any plans of buying him out, why not do it this year and save Schneider? It’s becoming clear that he went with CAA because he needed the support of the heavy hitters and their lawyers. His previous agent is not an attorney, and Luongo probably needs a top legal time to find away out of this mess.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Friend, a ‘buyout’ was never in the cards as far as Aqulini Investments is concerned. I mean seriously, do you have any idea how many blueberries these clowns would have to sell in-order to cancel out a $25 million dollar ‘hit’ like that? … suffice it to say that it would be a ‘few’ flats. No, this thing is headed towards a ‘mutually agreed upon’ termination of contract, no two ways about it. The problem with that however is the ‘precedence’ which will be established. Who’s to say then that Ovi doesn’t decide to tell the Capitals to go and ‘shove’ their 100 million dollar ‘lien’ on his future? A lot of this stuff appears almost ‘comical’ on the surface, but trust me, the potential ‘financial’ ramifications for the NHL are anything but …

    • chicagobtech - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Working the endorsement angles.

      What, did you think an agent’s job ended once the contract was signed?

      • sunderlanding - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Yes.

  3. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I guess the last agent didn’t pump his tires – just got him a huge contract that his talent doesn’t measure up to.

    What does he need an agent for now? Public relations?

    “My contract sucks.”

    No Roberto, you suck. Not in net, but in how you deal with the press and public.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      He deals with the public quite well actually as evidenced by his twitter handle. I’ve also never heard a bad thing about how he deals with the media either

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Huh ? … like are you new to the game or something ? … or have you conveniently forgotten about the Hockey Night In Canada interview back in 2009 ? …

        *************************************************************************************

        The Canucks weren’t singing “Kumbaya” in 2009, it just seemed that way. Everyone was getting in on it, telling media they all wanted to be a big part of the Canucks’ future. Ryan Kesler said players needed to take less. Alex Burrows did.

        But when Luongo had his chance for a “We are all Canucks” moment on Hockey Night in Canada, when asked about his future, he said: “I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with.” About half of the Vancouver fan base didn’t like the sounds of that.

  4. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I’m a multi-millionaire playing a kid’s game. Everyone feel bad for Roberto Luongo, the playoff sieve!

    John Tortorella is gonna LOVE you!

    Place your bets how many times this year he gets pulled.

    • 19to77 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Torn muscles, broken bones, concussions… where were you playing games as a kid, the Bronx?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      The fact that you call professional sports a kid game takes away any credibility you might have had.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        “I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with” … Roberto Luongo

    • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      I’ll put $1000.00 down @ 1000/1 odds that he ‘never’ gets pulled from a Canuckle net again !

  5. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    They don’t call it “street hockey” for nothing! Hockey in the Bronx – everyone gets a concussion and still plays!
    ;)

    Professional sports to me are all “kids games.” They are chasing around a little puck trying to put it in a net…. They aren’t exactly saving lives or defending the country..

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      You’re an idiot

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Actually friend, you may be looking into a mirror with that ‘idiot’ being you ! :)

        ****************************************************************************************

        Roberto Luongo apologized this week for yet another mini-controversy which divided the Lower Mainland.

        This time he failed to come out after being named first star on Jan. 5 because he was busy beating himself up for blowing a shutout against the Calgary Flames with 10 seconds left. From the tone of the debate, and the length, you’d think he’d just cost the Canucks a playoff series.

        It went on and on and on. With Luongo, it always does.

        No Vancouver athlete has been so divisive, especially when you consider it always seems to be so much about so little. Here we count down the strange string of controversies that have followed Luongo’s career in Vancouver:

        10 THE BATHROOM BREAK

        Who can forget Dave Nonis’ face when his prized, centrepiece netminder failed to return from the dressing room for overtime in a playoff elimination game? Because of a trip to the john, Luongo missed 3:34 and needed Dany Sabourin to make five huge stops against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 to save a lifetime of embarrassment. Luongo didn’t want to talk much about it afterward. And, really, what’s to say? When you gotta go, you gotta go.

        9 THE PENALTY CALL

        It was not long after the bathroom break in that same playoff game in the spring of 2007, when Luongo watched Rob Niedermayer destroy Jannik Hansen with a monster hit. Luongo lost focus, turned to the ref, trying to get him to call a penalty, when Scott Niedermayer drifted the 60-foot game-winner by him. Not only was it game over, it was an end to the Canucks’ postseason. It was still the honeymoon phase of Luongo’s Vancouver career, so he wasn’t ripped to shreds for his loss of focus. Can you imagine what the reaction would be now if that happened this year?

        8 THE PLAYING TIME

        It’s no secret Luongo loves to play, and play a lot. It’s left him exposed to plenty of criticism that he plays too much. Many have long argued that the Canucks let him call the shots, and he’s the one who essentially chooses which games he plays. Strange, we could have sworn it was Alain Vigneault writing his name on the lineup card.

        7 THE PLAYOFF JOKE

        Give Luongo credit for trying to be smoother and looser with the media this season. He’s got more jokes and better timing, too. That wasn’t the case after losing 5-1 in a heartless performance that eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs for the second year in a row. Luongo’s post-game response was ill-timed: “I battled for 60 minutes. I kept it under seven goals.” Really, it was not the time for sarcasm.

        6 THE ALL-STAR SNUB

        Real hockey fans don’t care about the All-Star Game, so why should players? Luongo cared so little for the pillow fight on skates that he skipped it in 2008 to spend time with his pregnant wife. Family over a meaningless hockey game — we get it. OK, maybe not all of us. Luongo was whipped by some media, mostly outside Vancouver. Some even suggested the decision could cost him Vezina votes.

        What? There are five more? Indeed there are. Turn to Page D20, where Jason Botchford presents the Top 5 Roberto Luongo controversies. And check out thewhitetowel.ca for the full scary roundup, complete with photos and video!

        On Page D5, Jason Botchford presented five Roberto Luongo controversies, stemming from the most recent: Luongo’s refusal to emerge from the tunnel to acknowledge being named the first star of the game on Jan. 5. Here are the big five:

        5 THE HNIC INTERVIEW

        The Canucks weren’t singing “Kumbaya” in 2009, it just seemed that way. Everyone was getting in on it, telling media they all wanted to be a big part of the Canucks’ future. Ryan Kesler said players needed to take less. Alex Burrows did.

        But when Luongo had his chance for a “We are all Canucks” moment on Hockey Night in Canada, when asked about his future, he said: “I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with.” About half the fan base didn’t like the sounds of that.

        4 THE DELICATE PREGNANCY

        Luongo still isn’t over this one. When he and the Canucks collapsed down the stretch in 2008 it was suggested, and suggested, and suggested, one of the reasons was Gina Luongo’s “delicate” pregnancy. As if his family situation was the reason a save wasn’t made or a game was lost. “I learned from that, I learned to keep things personal,” Luongo said earlier this month. Good thinking.

        3 THE UNDER THE BUS

        Luongo has always had to balance speaking for the team, and explaining breakdowns, without coming across as blaming his defencemen. Most of the time, he’s done a better job than most. Despite that fact, to some, Luongo will always be seen as a sore loser who points fingers.

        For an example, they point to a March 2008 loss to the Avalanche. Luongo stirred up a firestorm with this: “We had about six chances to get it out and either we shot it off our own guys or we didn’t get it out. The next thing you know, there’s a shot from the point and Sakic is all alone at the side. I was able to get the first save, but he chipped the second one over me. It’s unacceptable, inexcusable; that should never happen in an important game like that. So we just pissed away two points tonight.”

        2 THE CAPTAINCY

        No issue has spilled more ink or filled up more dead air. The move may have been accepted in Vancouver, at first, but it was blasted by hockey’s old-school network, most notably by Don Cherry. Luongo made it through the first year as captain without much heat but when the Canucks lost to Chicago for a second postseason in a row, media and fans demanded he surrender the letter. The issue was exacerbated during the summer of 2010 as Luongo waited until training camp before he finally relinquished the title.

        1 THE BIGGER NETS

        We still don’t know if Luongo was serious in 2007. We’re pretty sure he was. Luongo vowed he’d retire from hockey if the NHL went ahead with plans to make the nets bigger. Say what? Yeah, retire (we asked him several times to avoid any confusion). We decided to take him seriously and it seems the NHL did too. We haven’t heard a word about the idea since.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        I’d say write shorter posts and maybe people would read those but that would just be a lie

      • amityvillefun - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        No you sir are the idiot. Hockey is a GAME. A game invented for kids. It’s not life or death, there are no burning buildings to run into, no bullets being fired at you and you get to go home at the end of the day.

        Obviously you live in a never-never land where hockey is life or something.

        It’s not. It’s a fun distraction from reality. Nothing more, nothing less.

        Obviously you were never in the military or did anything that REALLY matters.

        During the 2012-2013 season, Andrew Ference had an Army Rangers jacket that would be worn by the hero of the night in the Bruins locker room. This was done out of respect to the REAL HEROES who risk their lives.

        It’s a GAME. As in “the good ole hockey game.” Even the players will tell you that.

        Once someone fires some bullets at you, or your house catches fire, perhaps you might see reality a little differently.

        Is hockey tough? No doubt! Do I respect hockey players. Absolutely.

        But still, they are playing a game, nothing more or less. Get a clue.

    • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Terrific Comment Friend and “Well” Received by us All !!! :)

      Professional sports players today are in essence nothing more than ‘athletic hookers’ who perform for our collective amusement at such time that we deem necessary. In many ways, these modern-day sport professionals are no different from ‘court jesters’ of yesteryear, who were paid to entertain Royal Houses and their entourages on demand. I’ve far greater respect for the latter however, as a typical court jester would among other things be required to use ‘acrobatics, storytelling, juggling, music and other skills’ to entertain their audiences. Last time I checked, Kovalchuk sure as hell couldn’t tell stories or do acrobatics ! Mind you, there is this Kesler guy eh ? :)

  6. blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    A HOUSE OF CARDS ?

    This latest development is ‘completely’ consistent with my theory that Luongo has absolutely no intention of ever returning to the Canucks, and that he’s angling towards a ‘mutually agreed upon’ termination of his employment contract with Aquilini Investments. On the surface that might seem fair enough, even though that will anger many of the $300 ‘Made in Bangladesh” Luongo jersey owners no doubt. The problem however in allowing Luongo to wriggle out of his commitment like this, are the dangerous ‘financial’ repercussions which are sure to follow. First you have Kovi telling the Devils to go and ‘shove’ 77 million … okay. Next you have Luongo telling the Canucks to do the same with their 64 million … alright. But what’s to prevent Ovi from telling the Capitals to go and ‘cram’ their 100 million ? .. or anyone else for that matter ? Because if that should happen, then the floodgates are truly open and ‘all hell’ breaks loose, no two ways about it ! I was in conversation the other day with my old friend Stransky who’s currently lecturing at the University of Leipzig (ie: he’s a physicist and an expert in forensic causation analysis) and he mentioned to me that this Luongo business could very well be to the Aquilin’s and the NHL, what Lehman Brothers was to the financial world … the catalyst which caused everything to collapse like a ‘house of cards’ ! It’s a frightening thought and it doesn’t even bear thinking, but hopefully time will allow ‘cooler’ heads to prevail and thus carry the day … God willing.

    • joey4id - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      LOL! I’m sure the CAA team of lawyers is already reading the new CBA looking for a loophole to exploit so they can put pressure on the NHL to find a way to resolve this mess. I can’t see any other reason why we would drop his agent for Brisson and Barry.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Trust me friend, this is no laughing matter ! The following questions need to be answered and they need to be answered now …

        1) what ‘exactly’ happened there in Florida during Gilli’s ‘supposed’ visit ?

        2) why is Gillis so ‘adamant’ in his refusal to provide any sort of detail ?

        3) why has Luongo not been seen in public since the ‘supposed’ visit ?

        4) why has Luongo not been heard from since the ‘supposed’ visit ?

        5) why did Gillis return to Vancouver via Dallas, instead of taking a direct flight ?

      • 19to77 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        And while you’re at it, find out what they’re really hiding in Roswell and whether or not Obama’s birth certificate is real. You know, since you’ve already got your tinfoil hat on and all.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Huh ? …

        Hear you friend but fail to understand? I’m a strong supporter of Barack Obama and I believe he’s doing a terrific job … especially considering the crap he has to deal with. As for Roswell NM and all that alien garbage? The truth is that it was never anything more than ‘advanced’ weapons systems testing. These drunken hicks in their pick-up trucks have seen nothing more than ‘prototype’ assets, many of which will not hit the assembly line for at least another 20 years. It’s no different than the German farmer back in 1942 along the Baltic coast, who claims to have seen some alien spaceship fly across his field, when in reality it was nothing more than a V-1 rocket being tested by Wernher von Braun and crew.

        Now if you want to talk about Dealey Plaza or Roberto Luongo not dealing in good faith, then I’m all ears. So either answer the questions which I’ve posed above or just ‘zip’ it !

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Barank Obama sucks. Worst president in history.

      • blomfeld - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        Indeed Kaptaanamerica … an absolute ‘idiot’ no doubt, especially when you consider the ‘genius’ who preceded him …

  7. thos_prattt - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Like the Canucks wouldn’t love a way to wiggle out from under that contract. It’s untradable and guaranteed. Holding out would be a great favor to the team if they could avoid paying the balance and get out from under the cap recapture mechanism.

  8. LampyB - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Wow, these comments are gold keep em coming. :)

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