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Luongo says not getting start at Heritage Classic was ‘last straw’ in Vancouver

Jun 24, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT

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Roberto Luongo‘s tenure in Vancouver was one that was celebrated for the most part but ended awkwardly when he was traded to Florida at the trade deadline.

Luongo spoke with Bob Marjanovich of Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver (audio link starts around 45:00) and discussed what his final days in Vancouver were like.

“We all know, obviously, what led up to it,” Luongo said. “The last year, year and a half before that. Going into the year I didn’t know what was going to happen, but after we had passed the midway point and my family was here, my daughter was in school — we were getting used to being here again. We were actually starting looking at houses so at that point in time, we weren’t expecting to get traded. It’s kind of weird how things happen in life. But all of a sudden I come back from the Olympics and we all know what happened there and a couple days later that was it.”

Marjanovich asked him if not starting the Heritage Classic was his breaking point, something Luongo’s agent admitted earlier as much that it was. Then Canucks coach John Tortorella opted to start Lack over him, a move Torts said made Luongo “pissed.” The Ottawa Senators won the game 4-2.

“I think so,” Luongo admitted. “It was really the last straw, if you can call it that. I don’t have any resentment toward anybody about it but that’s what eventually led up to what happened.”

Despite Luongo’s cool demeanor about it now, it put an end to a lengthy soap opera in Vancouver and one that sparked plenty of change with the Canucks. It may not be anything new, but hearing Luongo talk about it now you can tell he’s happy to be free of what was a dramatic situation.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Actually, the beginning of the end for Luongo in Vancouver was this:

  2. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Also, blomfeld sucks.

    Like this:

    • leafsilluminati - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Remember folks – you can’t spell classless without Vancouver Canucks!

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I often referred to the Torts / Vancouver situation as a soap opera. In hindsight, it seems more like a bad dream. What an epic and monumental fail that was. It couldn’t have been scripted better (or, worse, considering the situation).

    Once the coaches’ trade was done (AV – Torts) early this past season, I wondered which team would fare better under their respective coaches. Talk about two situations being diametrically opposed!

    The Canucks’ franchise was once proud, and will rightfully return to that tradition.

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Whatever you say blomfeld.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Here we go again. I am not blomfeld. I don’t like his stupid posts, hate the videos he includes, and the only thing he and I have in common is that we’re Kings’ fans.

        In fact, I recall someone or two accusing canucks30 of being blomfeld.

      • 950003cups - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Have you no shame!? You speaketh of The Blomster! Show his due respect you peasants! For he is a King! Today tomorrow and forever!

      • barkar942 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Cups-you actually read Blom’s crap?

      • 950003cups - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Are you nuts? Hell no. It never makes sense. And the videos are even more irrelevant.

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        if i start posting pictures of blomfeld in candid situations will you guys pay me money?

    • hosewater2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      It *was* a bad dream, and people are writing this team completely off the board because of it. They’re not Cup-bound this year, but they will be much better than most people are already assuming.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Agree that things will be better. The only way they have to go is up.

  4. mshantz22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    That whole goalie crisis in Vancouver is probably the most mismanaged goaltending situation I’ve ever seen. Luckily, with the UFA’s soon to be available, they’ll find themselves a good starter be it Hiller or Miller. Still think they need to get some fresher core players.

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      I’d prefer if they traded whatever Dale Tallon wants for #1 Overall in 2014, drafted Sam Reinhart, and then tanked for Connor McDavid at #1 Overall in 2015.

      • 950003cups - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        I believe that patent move has been reserved for Mario Lemieux.

      • alliceishome - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Seriously, that’s what Canucks fans want? Purposely tanking a team?

  5. pone27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Come on guys, enough with the Luongo stuff. IT IS OVER.


    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Considering the fact Jason Brough and Mike Halford are Canucks fans and that James O’Brien has a twitter handle of @cyclelikesedins, I think there will be quite a few more Luongo stories to come (including one for his return to Vancouver on January 8, 2015).

  6. rsl22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Torts was a terrible hire and did a lot of damage to that organization. It’ll be interesting to see how they recover.

    • 950003cups - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Yeah, Torts made everyone slow and old. Blame him.

      • rsl22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM


        While admittedly funny, the Canucks went from playoff team to lottery team with players asking to be traded, whereas the Rangers went to Cup finals. Apples to oranges, maybe. But still a fact.

      • 950003cups - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Torts went to the ECF 2 years before with the rangers along with a few points shy of the Presidents Cup with an arguabley “less talented” team. Had they not met a division rival like the Devils, they were bound to make the Finals. This year they met a weakened Habs. No comparison. Can’t say AV is a better coach for that. None of the top players for BOTH coaches this year bothered to show up. Players asking for trades may have more to do with management than a coach.

      • thesheabutterfactory - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Old, yes. Lacking in finish, yes. Zero offensive depth, yes. Uncertain goaltending, yes.

        Slow, NO.

        The Canucks have so many problems, but speed wasn’t one of them (not that they were the fastest team). They played a slow STYLE.

        Not that your joke wasn’t funny, it’s just that John Tortorella was the worst Canucks coach in ages. Easily, the worst coach in the NHL last year. There’s a reason he’s hasn’t been in the mix for any of the coaching vacancies recently.

  7. llojac1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    boo hoo. what a crybaby. maybe if he played better leading up to the game he would have played..

    • jonnyhammersticks - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Seriously. Sure we all know Luongo went through some stuff no one would want to have to go through with their employer, but I definitely don’t think he handled the situation nearly as professionally as some people say he did. What makes him think he had the right to start that game? Lack was playing better so he started enough said.

    • blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM


      How this POS can still have the nerve to open up his yap like this is ‘positively’ beyond belief. News flash you clown ! Everybody already knew that you were ‘gone’ the minute you suffered your little boo boo two years ago ! … you know, in game 3 against us Kings when Vigneault had the ‘audacity’ to actually let your back-up Schneider back you up ! … such an ‘injustice’ that was.

      Anyway, the funny part is that the Panthers are now going to have one helluva time trying to sell enough of those $7.00 tickets in-order to pay for ‘big man’ Luongo. In fact, simple math suggests they’ll need to average at least 40,000 in attendance just to ‘break even’ on this clown’s contract alone ! :)

      *** special video selection for poor little Bobby Loo ***

      • phxyotes - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        It’s funny to see you call somebody else a narcissist.

  8. canada2014gold - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Who cares, get over it already. I thought once Luongo went to Florida to retire we wouldn’t be re-hashing this crap anymore

  9. earpaniac - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    It still amazes me how badly Van bungled their goalie situation the last few years. Definitely a primer for other Gms on how not to handle something like that.

  10. phxyotes - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Do you think Luongo wears a banana hammock on the beach?

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