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Brisson says decision to sit Luongo for Heritage Classic led to trade out of Vancouver

Mar 6, 2014, 12:41 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo wasn’t happy – in fact, he was “pissed,” according to his former head coach John Tortorella – to not play in Sunday’s Heritage Classic, when he was still a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

And, according to his agent, Pat Brisson, the fact Luongo was stuck to the bench for that event had an impact on the star goalie being traded to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the day before the NHL’s trade deadline.

“If Lu had played Sunday the talks with the Canucks might have taken place at a later time,” Brisson told the QMI Agency. “Therefore, it gave us a reason to discuss his status.”

Tuesday’s trade, which sends Luongo back to Florida, where he played before being shipped to the Canucks on the eve of the 2006 NHL Draft, was, of course, major news in Vancouver. (Here’s a look at the front pages of a variety of newspapers in the city.)

The NHL’s trade deadline was Wednesday. The Canucks were expected to make another blockbuster involving center Ryan Kesler, but general manager Mike Gillis did not pull off the move.

  1. nobandwagoners - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    So “might have taken place at a later time” meaning he would have asked to be traded at, say, the end of the season?

    Well, what’s done is done

  2. nightfireop - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    even i’m starting to feel bad for canucks fans.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:09 AM


    The dye was cast for this BS back in 2012 … the only ones being fooled by this garbage now are the ‘sheep’ … or Canuckle Nation as they like to be called :)

    Blomfeld & Wo Fat Intelligence Systems Inc / London – Berlin – Hong Kong

  4. kingsfan93 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    I think us fans already knew what triggered R. Luongo trade and I can’t blame him.

    Luongo has been treated like crap for the past couple or so seasons with Vancouver.

    • jhaegs - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      *we fans…

    • chunkala - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      But rightfully so, no?

  5. pastabelly - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I find it hard to believe that the decision to deal Luongo wasn’t made BEFORE the decision not to start him in a premier staidum hockey event. It just makes no sense. What does make sense is trading Luongo and deciding to rebuild without having his ridiculous contract hanging out there for years to come. My guess is that it will be a while before anyone in Vancouver gets another 12-year contract.

    As far as Luongo getting treated like crap, well many find it hard to believe that anyone with a guaranteed $64 million is getting treated like crap. His play and performance to that contract dictated how he was “treated”. Now, he’s back in Fort Lauderdale, where there is no pressure and no state income taxes.

  6. chunkala - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Luongo was treated poorly because he sucked.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      So dumb

  7. sens101 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Wow American hockey fans don’t have a clue….how did he suck? His numbers are pretty respectable overall and he played in one of the toughest markets in the NHL. He was definitely mistreated, especially after the Stanley Cup finals onward. How Mike Gillis still has a job is a joke. He has single handedly ruined that team by hiring the wrong coach and making terrible personnel decisions.

    • sens101 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I guess it was a little harsh to say American hockey fans…there are a lot of good ones. Just a few in this forum that are out to lunch

  8. lovac2 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    As a Hawks fan, whom will I hate now?

    • jovocop1989 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Would you like to join in unison with other Canucks fans in hating everything about our management?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Torts is still there – that provides enough hate for me

  9. stcrowe - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Three years ago, I thought that Mike Gillis was a very good GM. It is shocking how completely my thinking has been reversed.

    I am not saying anything that hasn’t already been said, but it is clear that he has no plan. Last summer, They should have fired Gillis and sent a new GM to smooth things over with Luongo before trading Schneider. Instead, they trade Schneider first, then try to fix the relationship with Luongo. How was this benching, right after he came back from Sochi, supposed to improve their relationship? I just stunned by how inept the Canucks management has become.

  10. paganmonkey - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Lou didn’t start on Sunday because the trade was already in play. It’s not like pressing a button on X-Box, it takes time to put the deal together. The agent is trying to spin it like he is a power broker, but the team made this happen. Lou is honest when he said he was surprised, I’d bet the agent was too. He’s just trying to make himself look good.

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