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Luongo finally speaks — and reveals he tried to void his contract

Aug 23, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

Some stunning stuff on Friday morning from TSN’s James Duthie, who has scored one of the most sought-after hockey interviews of the summer — Roberto Luongo.

The Canucks goalie, who has gone silent since the draft-day stunner that saw Cory Schneider get dealt to New Jersey, told Duthie that, in May, he had serious discussions with the NHLPA about trying to void his 12-year, $64 million contract — which has nine years and $40.5 million left on it.

MORE: Luongo: ‘My contract sucks’

Duthie notes that Luongo’s interview, the first he’s granted this offseason, will air on TSN tonight and tomorrow in what promises to be a must-watch.

Here are a few of the other teasers the NHL on TSN host dropped via Twitter:

More on this story as it develops.

  1. elvispocomo - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Well, it’s more than we know to this point. There was a suspicion he wouldn’t be happy about staying but his want to win and professionalism would take precedence, particularly in an Olympic year. How long it will last is the next question.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      We’ll see what the interview has, to be honest I’m not really concerned about it.

      I never doubted Luongo’s ability or his professionalism or his drive.

      Obviously holding onto him over a player several years younger raises some questions for this team over the long term, but for this season at least it’s pretty clear we are going to have a talented, motivated starter between the pipes and anyone who doubted that has not been paying attention to who this guy is for the last decade..

      • dueman - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        At least until this years trade deadline you’ll have him anyways, We’ll see if playing will change his mind about staying. Personally I think Vancouver should get rid of Gillis, as that would be better than losing Luongo.

  2. oquintero99 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Is there a way or policy to void this contract?

    • lidstrom5 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      dig a hole 6 feet deep and get in

    • bricevjohnson - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      In the old CBA at least, there was a mutual termination clause where if both parties wished for the termination of a contract, the contract was mutually terminated. The team would place the player on unconditional waivers, and from there the player and team would be free our their contractual responsibilities. Is action much more common with regards to minor league players, particular Europeans who wants out of their NHL/AHL go back and home continue their career’s overseas. I cannot recall a time where I’ve seen this clause used on big money contracts (there are probably other stipulations, otherwise this probably would have been the action used on Kovalchuk), but this is probably the route that Luongo tried to explore. I’m not sure what the actual roadblocks are with regards to the larger contracts, but obviously something restricted him from being able to terminate the deal.

      • sunderlanding - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        There is a clause in the CBA that stops people from doing that. It’s so teams and players can’t get rid of bad and/or untradable contracts. The point of the cap is to manage money well, and terminating contracts is one way to get around poor money decisions, so they put in a clause to stop it from happening.

  3. lidstrom5 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    This Guy just wants a clean slate and is willing to throw away 64 million …. im impressed with this …. can not put any hate on him or his thoughts on this ordeal.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      He doesn’t care about money, which I like, he just wants be loved and accepted, like all of us. Gotta respect the guy

  4. 950003cups - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I think what makes him the most “surprised” is that nobody wanted to adopt him until he was 43 years old for the bargain basement price of $40,570,000

    Vancouver can shop him till the cows come home. But nobody wants to pay a goalie that money. Which makes things VERY interesting when it comes to Lundqvist this off season. Will the Rangers lock him up? Or will they let him walk?

  5. terrier92 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    During 2011 finals was not a fan as he was the enemy However I hope the best for him now Vancouver has really treated him badly and I hope he bounces back Goalie is tough enough a position without all the other stuff he has had to deal with

    Good luck kid

  6. thailer35 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Of note, of you click the link in the story, he tried to void his contract in May. The story as its printed here didn’t make that clear, and I was under the assumption he tried to void his contract after the new jersey trade, which would have been a very different story.

  7. thecheeman - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I love this guy. What a character. Very rare glimpse into the humanity of a top athlete fighting through about 4 years of high drama in the public eye.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I’ll admit I gave Lou a tough time while he was getting rocked in the SCF against the B’s and some of his other antics but this guy is coming out of this with the least amount of dirt on him.

  9. drewsylvania - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    This is what can come from long-term megacontracts. Sometimes you become untradeable. Luongo is good, but not nearly good enough to want to take on a $6.7M cap hit forever.

    And this was apparent before Luongo was signed to the big contract. Gillis is an idiot.

    • micasa81 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Luongo’s cap hit isn’t $6.7M, it’s $5.33M.

      Yes, Gillis is an idiot, but his stupidity is less because of the contract itself, which was a hell of a lot more palatable before the new CBA, than from his utter bungling of the goalie situation once it was clear the team planned to go with Schneider.

  10. joey4id - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    What a bloody mess. Team didn’t want him anymore, then kept him because the contract they gave him “sucks”. Traded the other guy, and then Luongo tried to get the contract voided. Now, Gillis is still there, and enter Torts. Gillis created the best hockey circus in the NHL.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Yeah I mean your lack of reading comprehension makes your recounting of events more exciting, but I wouldn’t say that overall it’s working on your favour.

      • joey4id - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Sorry! Dave baby, I fail to understand what you wrote. Probably due to my lack of reading comprehension.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Well understand this: it’s Mr. Chreturns to you, punk.

      • blomfeld - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        FU Babych … seriously !

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        What does this have to do with you ‘blomfeld’? Are you the account ‘joey4id’ logs in as when he wants to seem marginally more coherent?

      • joey4id - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Yeah! Well! It’s Mr. Punk to you, baby. :)

  11. northstarnic - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Oh Roberto. You are always welcome in the real world if your piles of money become too much of a burden.

  12. claysbar - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Sir, everyone thinks you got a heck of a contract and will be the goaltender of the future for Vancouver

    Luongo – Thank you

    Cory Schneider is better than you and you choke in the big game

    Luongo – Cory is a great guy and I can’t wait to help the team

    You are an overpaid athlete who is chocking this team to death

    Luongo – I welcome what the team needs to do to make it self better

    Luongo – At times I have felt like what I have done for this team has not been appreciated…

    SEE!!!

  13. claysbar - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Sir, everyone thinks you got a heck of a contract and will be the goaltender of the future for Vancouver

    Luongo – Thank you

    Cory Schneider is better than you and you choke in the big game

    Luongo – Cory is a great guy and I can’t wait to help the team

    You are an overpaid athlete who is choking this team to death

    Luongo – I welcome what the team needs to do to make it self better

    Luongo – At times I have felt like what I have done for this team has not been appreciated…

    SEE!!!

    • claysbar - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      My bad

      • dueman - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        It’s okay, from what you wrote everybody knows you’re an idiot already!

      • claysbar - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        DUE-SHHHH

  14. stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Keenan had a great interview on SportsNet a year ago talking about Luongo in Flordia. He demanded $33million for 5 years. Keenan told him he wasnt established enough to be credited that money. Keenan than traded him to Van, and then not to much longer was no longer the GM. I cant find the video on the net, but there is articles on it from ’06.

  15. blomfeld - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    COULD LUONGO EQUAL SATAN ?

    Satan (Hebrew: הַשָּׂטָן ha-Satan, “the opposer,” is a character appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions, who personifies evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver that leads humanity astray. The term is often applied to an angel who fell out of favor with God, seducing humanity into the ways of sin, and who now rules over the fallen world.

    Satan is primarily understood as an “accuser” or “adversary” in the Hebrew Bible, and is not necessarily the personification of evil that he would become in later Abrahamic religions. In the New Testament, Satan is a name that refers to a decidedly malevolent entity (devil) who possesses demonic god-like qualities. In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a positive force and deity who is either worshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is regarded as holding virtuous characteristics …

    ANSWER: YES HE DOES !

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