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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

Goalie Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks

photo thanks to John Bollwitt

related: Luongo unsure about a future in Vancouver

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?

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David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.


  1. Jamie Favreau

    As a passionate Red Wings fan. We would accept him with open arms!

  2. John Bollwitt

    Thanks for using my picture in your post!

    And in the world and business of the NHL, Canucks fans can’t be too surprised to hear that from a guy like this. The days of lifelong franchise players are wanning, but we’d certainly love to see the guy stick around here. After all those season in Florida, the guy just wants to win, and he wants to win bad. So does the entire city of Vancouver, so we’ll see what happens.

    I’m going to bring this up in the next episode of The Crazy Canucks for sure!

  3. Dave Eden

    I think any team would welcome Bobby-Lou with open arms. Hands down…he IS the best. All of us here would hate to see him leave. Luongo along with other key players such as the twins, Burrows, and Kesler, have given the Canucks a vitality that hasn’t really been here since the days of McLean, Bure, Lindros, Naslund and Linden.
    But it is completely understandable on an individual level why he would wish to leave. Vancouver doesn’t seem to have the best of Playoff Track-Records, and while are a team that has a notorious reputation for being a regulation-season juggernaut powerhouse team, it is also a notorious rep for them to Choke in the post-season.
    I can only imagine what kind of pressure that would weigh on the mind of someone who bears the “C” for the team with 0 stanley cup wins.
    We love Luongo, we’d miss Luongo, and like Toronto did for Mats Sundin, we would cheer him on the moment he skated onto our ice, no matter what team he is with.