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Luongo will be at training camp, says agent (Updated)

Jul 25, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is not — repeat: not — planning to hold out, according to his new agent, Pat Brisson.

“Roberto has a contract and is preparing to be at training camp,” Brisson told TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

While always deemed unlikely, it was speculated that Luongo could refuse to report to camp as a way of forcing his way out of Vancouver. The 34-year-old goalie was expecting to be traded this summer, only for Cory Schneider to be dealt to New Jersey instead.

Luongo’s new representatives, Brisson and JP Barry of CAA Sports, plan to meet with Canucks general manager Mike Gillis assistant GM Laurence Gilman shortly.

“We need to get up to speed and take some time,” Barry told the Vancouver Sun yesterday. “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.”

As for the reason Luongo fired his former agent, Gilles Lupien, Brisson told TSN that his client “has been through a lot the past 18 to 24 months and needed a different voice and sounding board.”

Update (5:49 p.m. ET):

This would seem to confirm it…

  1. blackhawks2010 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Thank heavens! I was starting to get worried….LOL!

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      What is it with you always wanting to comment on Canucks stories. Canucks fans knew he’d be was the idiots in the media who kept making a story out of it, especially the clowns in Toronto.

  2. hockeydon10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Was there really doubt? I mean, we know Gillis is a tool, but how does that translate into Luongo refusing to show up for camp this year? He showed up last year.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    No one thought he wasn’t reporting to camp.

    No one

  4. thecheeman - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Am I crazy or does the hiring of new agents sound like he’s looking for people with new ideas on how to actually get him out of Vancouver after all.

    It seems that if he fully planned on showing up in Vancouver it would sound a lot better in a statement from him and not his representation.

    If he just plans on showing up, what do his representatives even need to meet with Vancouver management for?

    This could all work out just fine, but it sounds strange. At a minimum, it sure sounds like Luongo would rather be anywhere but Vancouver.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Maybe it has to do with marketing deals or the PR team CAA can offer? He could have just not liked how his old agent handled the past couple years and decided to move on.

  5. pone27 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Hmmm, either hold out and not get paid serious dough, or play and still ask to be traded and still get paid dough.

    No brainer here….

  6. pmonte3122 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Yes, we get it. He’s staying. Now stop making articles about him.

  7. blomfeld - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM


    “Good-faith bargaining generally refers to the duty of the parties to meet and negotiate at reasonable times with willingness to reach agreement on matters within the scope of representation; however, neither party is required to make a concession or agree to any proposal” …

    Achtung Hockeyflow33 and others ! … please ‘fall in’ friends, take a knee and let’s talk seriously …

    Here’s the deal as I see it …

    A) If Luongo was planning on coming back to Vancouver, then what was the need for this sudden hiring of new counsel ? … it makes absolutely no sense? The Canucks are now ‘desperate’ as everyone knows and therefore they’ll do positively ‘anything’ to appease the man. A Robson Street store mannequin could adequately represent Luongo at this point, such is the ‘ease’ of the task at hand ! Therefore why the need to now bring in such ‘heavy weight’ legalese? And why is his 4.35 million dollar apartment still listed here in Vancouver as of 2015 hours tonight PST ?

    B) However, if Luongo is planning on ‘not’ coming back to Vancouver, then this ‘futuristic’ announcement of him now ‘intending’ to report to training camp in September makes perfect sense. The human rats who call themselves lawyers refer to such tactic as laying foundation, where you cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I’ in-order to eliminate any possible accusation later of intent or premeditation. No doubt there are going to be various legal ‘loopholes & challenges’ for his new counsel to navigate in-order for them to reach a ‘mutually agreed upon’ termination of contract with the Aquilini’s. However I suspect that the Aqulini’s are not the real concern, as the real concern in my opinion is the NHL and the ‘paying’ public at large. And given that, the last thing Luongo and his counsel needs is the possibility of a charge of ‘not’ bargaining in good faith when the chips come to fall.

    Executive Summary: Luongo will ‘not’ report to the Canucks training camp in September …

    *** Hockeyflow33 and friends … let us ‘never’ ever become Chamberlains ! ***

  8. blackhawks2010 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Kaptaanamerica comments on every Blackhawks story. It’s priceless that he rips me for stating the obvious on a Canucks based post….

    Are you planning to burn the city next year?

  9. lonespeed - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Roberto Luongo is the RG3 / Tim Teebow of hockey. I really don’t care what Luongo ate this morning, what time he showers, who doesn’t like him, who does like him, what his mailman said about him last week.

    What’s even more funny, he doesn’t even seem to bring it on himself. He never says anything. It’s always someone else saying something about him. Overall, Luongo seems to be very professional about his situation.

    Why do we continue to pile on this guy?

    • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      WHY ? …

      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:


      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.


      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?


      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.


      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.


      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 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:


      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.


      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.


      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.”


      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.


      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.

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