How disheartening to hear Luongo's sadness in his interview. Those who've stated that Luo is/was self-centered or arrogant should go take a look in the mirror.
I just had a call from a friend who asked me if it was true that Luongo is being traded and that he asked for it?????? How's that for misinterpretation of facts......lightening speed ffs.
Roberto's comments can quite easily be interpreted as a request to be moved. Players have been trained to remain politically correct throughout the entire careers. Throughout the interview, Roberto stated a trade would be for the sake of the team. For a recent comparison, we may simply look at Rick Nash, who claimed he wanted to be moved to help the Blue Jackets build for the future. We are all aware Nash desires to play for another club, yet he provides an unselfish reason, perhaps even an excuse, for the team to move him. Luongo praised Cory immensely today by calling him a superstar franchise goaltender, and made clear that Cory deserves to be the starting goaltender. If Roberto wanted to remain Vancouver's goaltender, he would argue for his own cause, but he has surrendered the net to Schneider.
It seems Roberto is asking for fans to pity his position, and has publicly made the entire city aware that he will accept a trade. Any individual who cares about his own career would certainly keep in mind what he says, and Roberto especially would want the best result for himself, whether it be as this team's starter or another team's starter. One thing is clear -- he wants to be a starting goaltender, and is not content with splitting games with Cory. Three playoff starts, and Roberto is already discussing a potential trade.
I believe he chose his words well, and I think he is sending team management the implicit message that he would like a trade. Certainly, others in his position would take the opportunity to express the same notion that the team no longer needs him, that they have found an adequate replacement, and that they should move on. It sounds a lot like he is asking for pity. He has made himself the target of rampant trade speculation and has essentially implied to Mike Gillis, "trade me, not Cory." There is now public pressure to trade him, and people are now expecting him to be moved, whereas just a few days ago it was an ambiguous decision.
Edited by WeatherWise, 24 April 2012 - 01:31 PM.
The greatest segue into a weather segment.