Skip to content

Canucks Luongo: ‘I might’ve cried in front of another man’

Aug 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

In a telling interview with TSN’s James Duthie, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo opened up about the rampant trade talk that has surrounded him for more than a year.

In the waning minutes of this year’s trade deadline, Luongo was suddenly pulled off the ice at Canucks practice and taken to general manager Mike Gillis’ office with the possibility of a deal in the works.

However, that potential deal was never completed.

“Ten minutes before the deadline was over, I get yanked off the ice and they were telling me to hurry up and (I) needed to get to Mike’s office,” Luongo told Duthie in part of an interview that aired on TSN’s SportsCentre on Friday afternoon.

In order for a deal to take place, Luongo would’ve had to waive his no-trade clause. He said he was handed a waiver form as he entered Gillis’ office.

“It became real at that point that this was probably it,” said Luongo.

“As soon as I sat down in Mike’s office, he walked in and just told me that the deal fell through and there was no trade.”

Luongo admitted to getting emotional, which was evident when he held court with reporters shortly after practice and the deadline has passed.

“Not because I was angry or whatnot, but I just of the range of emotion and leading up to that day and (in that) last hour or two and thinking that you were traded one second and all of the sudden realizing that you’re not,” he said.

“I think it just got to me for a second there and I might’ve cried in front of another man.”

  1. ron05342 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    It’s Roberto Luongo Day on PHT!

  2. loinstache - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    yeah seriously milking this

    • avfanforlife - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      It really is funny how the press goes so far overboard with the Luongo/Schneider thing. Two outstanding goaltenders on one team – you know one will eventually go. But to blow things so far out of proportion on a regular basis for so long has been ridiculous and just about everybody realizes this except for the reporters themselves. Being an AV’s fan that hates ANYTHING Canuck related (almost as much as the deadwings and still not over the Bertuzzi thing!), I still would take Luongo in our net in a heartbeat!

  3. pirovash88 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Canucks Luongo: “I almost pushed a Sedin twin in front of a moving car”

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Ron Burgandy: ” Yeah, Lu almost killed a guy “.

  4. loinstache - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    it’s incredibly ironic too that the media goes on about the hard ships he’s faced, as if they haven’t put his every action under the microscope for years, over blowing ever pulled start.

    then the ‘former’ haters who birthed 7uongo and such go “oh poor luo, oh the poor soul, he doesn’t deserve what the city of vancouver has done for him.”

    please. canucks fans are furious at how mike gillis handled this situation. but it’s pretty ridiculous to see the sudden bevy of arm chair GMs become therapists (who actively state in their posts ‘I hate the canucks/I used to hate luo) who cry out the travesty against **a goalie who exercised his no trade clause a reported three times in the past year and a half to avoid teams he didn’t want to play for.**

    • loinstache - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      so I’m going to sort of backpedal, he states in his interview that he never *directly* turned down a trade. while I believe this, I believe he was also given the opportunity to decide if he wanted to play for a team before they furthered trade talks, which he turned down.

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        True that, his agent should have got a better read and informed him that turning down potential deals might lead to this situation.he nixed MG from moving forward with the teams, then it was too late

  5. pone27 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    This has gotten way out of control……

    Seriously, Luongo is easily one of the best goaltenders in the past decade, arguably the best. Just because he hasn’t won a cup does not mean he doesn’t have a case, get over it Luongo haters.

    To the point, this guy probably hates his contract almost as much as Dipietro hated his. He signs this mega deal plus a no trade clause with a fan base that is hockey rampant who loves him. Now, he is garbage, is stuck making a boat load while still being a top performing goaltender and still being looked as an underachiever, and is forced to look to get the heck out of Vancouver, and he cant because he has to sign some stupid waiver.

    Look, its a business. Its a contract, he has to abide by it. He isn’t making 40 grand a year here. He has to pay other people (Agent, etc.) for having that contract. It’s a huge obligation.

    Luongo has always been a stand up guy. If this was going on in say Phoenix or Carolina, well he would have a lot less stress on his hands. The guy just felt like he had the whole world against him, gets booted off a rink (which probably hasn’t happened to him in who knows how long) and when he gets off the rink, due to his contract, he cant leave.

    While I wish I had his money, I certainly don’t wish his fame.

  6. sjsharks66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    The way the treat him, im not surprised he was excited about leaving.
    That being said, it’s like beating a dead horse now. You are on the Canucks. Just play hard and look desirable to other teams. Maybe next year you can be traded.

    • joey4id - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Yeah! Right! Who the hell wants to take his contract? Remember! “It sucks!”

  7. multiplemiggs - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I almost did a 3-way with the Sedin twins

  8. blomfeld - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM


    yes … and that includes many of the sheep who’ve posted here above … the bottom line is that anyone who still supports this drama queen is ‘completely’ deserving of the fate which now lies ahead for both ‘he’ and this troubled franchise …

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1776)
  2. P. Kane (1361)
  3. S. Matthias (1217)
  4. D. Carcillo (1088)
  5. P. Datsyuk (1085)