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Canucks assistant GM can’t say if Luongo will be happy at training camp

Aug 14, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo

The question was a simple one for Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman — will Roberto Luongo be happy to arrive at Vancouver training camp next month?

The answer Gilman provided was anything but black and white.

“I’m not sure what the definition of happiness is, even when one is ecstatic,” Gilman said Wednesday while co-hosting on TEAM 1040 radio (audio).

“But…I think he is going to come here to camp committed, he’s going to be driven, he has a tremendous amount to play for on multiple levels, personally in terms of re-establishing his place as the Canucks’ number-one goaltender, nationally he has the opportunity to be the first goaltender to back Canada to consecutive gold medals at the Olympics, and I think he wants to win the Stanley Cup as much as any player out there.”

Luongo still hasn’t spoken publicly since Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey at the draft — a trade that Gilman readily admitted took Luongo by surprise.

“Needless to say, he had operated under the assumption that he was going to be traded, because he had requested to be traded after the 2012 season,” said Gilman.

“I think the biggest emotion that he experienced through the whole period was shock, because he anticipated that he would be traded.”

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  1. blackhawks2010 - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Loungo is the worst pressure goalie all time, total train wreck. These articles are puzzling, Loungo’s opinion or feedback are irrelevant. Win a Cup and we will listen to you, as far now, you are comedic entertainment for us.

    • loinstache - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      hahahaha how can you spot a blackhawks fan?
      they spend all day talking about the canucks!

      • imleftcoast - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        That would be an embarrassment to Blackhawks fans.

      • imleftcoast - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        I meant a real Blackhawks fan would be enjoying the Cup win this summer.

        Since when do they discuss existentialism on Team 1040? Could someone get Dave Pratt thinking about whether he’s really ‘happy’?

      • blomfeld - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        and then they spend all night kicking your asses on the ice !

  2. sunderlanding - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    So he doesn’t know the definition of “happy” but he knows the definition of “ecstatic”?

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      Well, without addressing the legitimate insight in his comments it could just be excellent lawyerspeak to avoid having to say “we think Luongo is/will be happy” or “we think Luongo is not / will not be happy.”

      That being said, happiness is a weird nebulous state of mind that has some degree of permanence, it’s entirely subjective and nobody can speak for anyone else on the matter so in that sense Gilman is exactly right.

      Still I think the existentialism comment above is hilarious and apt. I can’t be bothered listening to 1040 ever but I can just see Gilman on there prattling on, “will Roberto experience joyful experiences, well sure – we’ll see to that. will he have a sense of purpose and meaning, well we believe he will. but can he be happy, well.. we can’t say that the same things that made him happy in the past will continue to do so now. going further, matt.. can anyone truly be ‘happy’? And even then does our attempt to observe and measure his happiness change it? In a market like Vancouver goaltenders tend to experience what I call Schrodingers fishbowl, where any belief that they might be happy is scrutinized out of existence…”

      • sunderlanding - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        So “happy” is subjective, and “ecstatic” isn’t? You’d fit right in there with them.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        I said nothing of the sort, not much else to say other than perhaps a suggestion that you work on your reading comprehension?

  3. steverolley - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Everyone in Vancouver isn’t happy about trading Schnieder instead of Lou

    But I’m getting tired of this “is Lou happy” BS!

  4. blomfeld - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    A FAN BASE IN DENIAL ?

    Slice it anyway you like, the fact remains that Roberto Luongo is ‘not’ coming back to Vancouver. Training camp is still over a month away and a lot can happen between now and then, just as a lot can ‘not’ happen between now and then … such as actually speak ‘publicly’ to your fans with reassuring words of ‘commitment & solidarity’ etc …

    ** Luongo still hasn’t spoken publicly since Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey at the draft **

    Luongo’s penthouse is still on the market here, the man refuses to offer even a ‘single’ word publicly confirming his return to Vancouver and the Canuck’s brass muddle on with their ‘double talk’ which is fooling no one with the least bit of intelligence …

    the bottom line is that Luongo is ‘already’ gone and it’s for the best Canuckle friends…

    • warchief65 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Lou is not coming back to Vancouver ? What have you been smoking , blomfeld ? What team , would trade for Lou , and , his contract ? Not only you will have to pay him , which by the way , WAAAAAAAAAAY too much for a second tier goalie , but you will probably have to get your best player , and second round pick , or two . Any GM in this league , wouldn’t do that . If they want to keep their job . And , Lou knows that , when he asked to trade , and NO one jumped for it . Last year .

  5. stinkpretty1 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    What, this guys a hockey player? Thought he was on the World Series of Poker! Hahah.
    I remember when he turned down Keenans 5yr $ 30mill contract. Panthers hadn’t made the playoffs in 4 years. Their was an interview recently that he said lou wanted $33mill 5yr, in 06. Now, we’re still here listening to u saying your own contract sucks!

  6. mrhyperpants - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Why would Roberto Letingoals want to go back to Vancouver when there fans are a bunch of two faced numpties that booed him out.

  7. dolphincult - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    welcome to the goalie graveyard. The canucks never met a goalie career they couldn’t kill.

    • badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      got that right. 100%

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