That french article is a word-for-word translation of what the OP posted. It didn't say Luongo wanted out. It said Canucks have to make the best decision for the organization and look what's best for Luongo. Just like what you read there.
And how did his interview weaken MG's bargaining power? Was MG trying to use the possibility of Canucks NOT trading Luongo as a leverage point? I think everyone knows that one has to go, and Canucks have already decided that it would be Luongo when we started Schneids to finish off our playoff season.
The Sun, Global News, and TVA Sports (the actual interviewer) are all reporting AV's statements as "Lu wants out". Their translations were: Interviewer asked AV if Lu wanted a fresh start elsewhere - AV responded by saying 'that is what he wants right now .......'
Perhaps AV was misquoted by multiple news outlets, perhaps AV accidentally released info when he shouldn't have, or perhaps this is a figment of all our imaginations. We can chose what we want to believe.
Either way, Gillis is likely to go on team 1040 tomorrow and deny deny deny. He'll do this cause it hurts his negotiation power. And yes, Gillis could have used the possibility of NOT trading Luongo as a leverage point. It was a tool in his bag of negotiation tactics. People may have speculated that Lu wanted a trade, but it was all just speculation (here-say). Once the Canucks coach confirmed Lu wants out (as reported by multiple news outlets), then Gillis has one less tool in his negotiation bag.
Alain Vigneault nous confirme que Roberto Luongo veut quitter Vancouver http://bit.ly/KdqaIH
Squire Barnes reported the same on Global News tonight
Edited by RunningWild, 24 May 2012 - 08:17 PM.