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Roberto Luongo speaks: ‘I…moved on personally,’ says Canucks goalie

Aug 23, 2013, 6:07 PM EST

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The world of professional hockey, much like love itself (sorry to get mushy), can be a fickle thing.

After a summer of silence, Roberto Luongo has shed light on his relationship with the Vancouver Canucks after the latest developments in an ongoing goaltender saga that has, at times, dominated headlines around the National Hockey League.

In an interview with TSN’s James Duthie, Luongo said he will report to Canucks training camp in September.

“Yeah, no doubt. I have a contract, I plan to honor it,” Luongo told Duthie in an interview, which ran Friday afternoon on TSN’s SportsCentre.

He also likened his relationship with the Canucks to a marriage recently fraught with ups and downs, and indecision. A divorce between player and organization, only it hasn’t work out that way.

“I accepted it…and moved on personally,” Luongo told Duthie about his relationship with the Canucks.

“Only problem was she wanted me back.”

News of Luongo’s interview with Duthie broke Friday morning, when the host of NHL on TSN sent out a series of tweets about the high-profile Canucks goaltender.

For more than a full year, Luongo has been the subject of trade talk, with general manager Mike Gillis making no secret he was trying to deal the goalie.

However, all attempts to trade Luongo were unsuccessful and it’s largely believed that his 12-year, $64 million contract was the largest obstacle for any potential deals.

In fact, once trade deadline day had officially passed and Luongo was still a member of the Canucks, he unloaded to the media a profound one-liner – “My contract sucks.”

The goaltending controversy swirling around Vancouver took another twist at the NHL Draft in June.

The Canucks, in a surprise move, dealt Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick.

It was a trade that “shocked” Luongo.

  1. banger60 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    A-hole, do you realize how many people would like to make a very small portion of you contract, you signed it , live with it and shut up!

    • lowenni - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      The only a-hole around here is you. This guy has been ragged on by an entire city and nationwide media for two years now and you’re calling him out for being upset about that? You say in your comment that he should live up to his contract, but if you had actually read the article you’d see that he says he fully intends to report to training camp and live up to the expectations of his city and teammates. He doesn’t care about the money anymore. Tell me how that makes him an a-hole?

      • joey4id - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Time out there! He says “Yeah, no doubt. I have a contract, I plan to honor it”. He said this after admitting he tried to get the contract voided. So! Why? Why does he now say he “plans” to honor it? Not that he will honor it. Slightly different meaning. Because not honoring it would be loosing a stack of money he won’t recuperate ifmhe doesn’t go to training camp or playing next year. It’s that or go play in the KHL. So yeah! Roberto! Time to just live with it. Make the best of a mess, and keep telling yourself ka-ching. You signed it! Now suck it up.

      • warchief65 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        joey4id , Lou wanted to ” void ” his contract , BECAUSE he wants be TRADED ! With his contract , 64 million bucks , of a 12 year agreement , ( which he still have 8 years to go ) , how many teams can AFFORD that ? You have to add that to your Cap , I guess you DIDN’T think about that . And since the league won’t budge of his contract , he have to live up to it . And , you are telling him to ” make the best of a mess ” ? Lou did what YOU would have done , sign on the bottom of the contract , that his Agent got for him , which , the TEAM agreed to it . That’s their ” mess ” as much as his .

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Those people should have spent more time in the gym and on the ice

  2. nightfireop - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    anyone outside of british columbia would all love to beat the canucks under luongo. as long as luongo stays in vancouver, we should have no worries about the nucks not winning the stanley cup under the sedin era.

    • badintent - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      True !! He was The great thing in the Canadian hockey world when he helped Canada beat the US in the gold medal game in 2010. But then the bandwagon Vancouver fans turned on him and he gets most of the blame for accepting a huge contract that Gilles Offered him ! He didn’t give the contract to himself !.Blame Gilles, blame his agent but not the player. Lpu Never threaten to hold out or demand a trade before he signed..

  3. pone27 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    If I were Canucks fans, I would worry more about your new coach and less about a top goaltender, regardless of his contract.

    Signed, a Hawks fan

  4. turkish124 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Two Luongo articles today with the exact same information. Was this really necessary?

  5. jacketsfan7 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I feel bad for Lu , very misunderstood , I gotta give it to him for being mentally tough as he’s been

  6. sassiecassie69 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    as a hawks fan who hate the canuckleheads and enjoy ribbing on lulu, even I feel bad for the guy. being dragged by the mud by gilles and this team of nuck nucks who screwed him every which way, humiliated by trading Schneider instead and only wanted to get the hell out of van, lulu made the best of this impossible situation. poor luluuuuuuu:((((

  7. blackhawks2010 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    The soap opera that is Vancouver Canucks hockey.

  8. ljacks11 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    personally I think Schneider got the best of the deal

  9. spitfisher - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Schnieder did get the best deal, he got out of VC and away from all the drama of Luongo……

    excuse me I need to go out and pump up someone’s tires

  10. blomfeld - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    SORRY LOO, BUT IT’S ALL OVER …

    the saddest part of this entire saga is the fact that there are people who actually still call themselves ‘fans’ of the man ? … truly pathetic, especially when you consider ‘all’ of the upset which this drama queen has caused … regardless, the idiot’s days are now over here in Vancouver, no two ways about it … and thank God for that

  11. Exiled1 - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Bobby Lu has taking this whole debacle in stride. Other ego infested athletes would have taken this to the brink in essence ruin their career. I, as a Blackhawk fan, hope that he does well. I hope Bobby Lu shows them all up!

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