Luongo Thinking of Leaving Vancouver?
UPDATED: With Audio
Last night on CBC’s After Hours Roberto Louogo Made it Clear his Future in Vancouver is Uncertain
photo thanks to John Bollwitt
Last night after a difficult loss to Phoenix, Canucks Captain Roberto Luongo appeared on CBC’s “After Hours” for a 15 minute interview. They don’t give a direct link, but you can view it now on the CBC web site – select Hockey Night in Canada from the menu and then After Hours / March 21. For those who missed it, he was asked if being Captain would affect his decision whether to remain in Vancouver after next year or not. He was quite frank in saying that it wouldn’t:
“I don’t think so. That’s not something that’s going to weigh on my decision,I think first and foremost, I want to win the Cup and whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with,” Luongo said. “I love Vancouver, it’s a great city with great fans. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time there. Obviously, this year and next year are going to be a key role in my decision.”
There will be lots of takes on this. Some will be upset and think he is showing poor leadership. Others will wonder why he would consider going somewhere – say Detroit – at a pay cut possibly to win, rather than build with a team for a more satisfying win.
I actually find his response refreshing. Think about it. What could he have said? – if he had dodged it as others would saying something like “oh, maybe. I love it here. My first wish is to win a cup with Vancouver” everyone wuld have seen it for what it was – a non-answer. It would have only dialed up the speculation and led to endless speculation anyway. IF he has said he was committed here for the long term we also know it would be a non-truth. The guy spent all those years with bottom-feeding teams, he’s given his all here. He deserves his shot and make no mistake – he’ll give 100% for the next two years to try for it in Vancouver.
So, at least it is on the table. There is no speculation needed. Luongo wants a cup. Put together the right team and he’ll be there. It’s important to note that he also later said he thought they had a great shot at winning this year.
For all we know it was a message to Mike Gillis – sign the twins, bring in a free-agent this summer and I’m yours for the long haul even at a discount, becase the cup comes first. Tell me, what part of that scenario is incompatible with what he said?