Gillis said on Thats Hockey that if Luongo came to him and changed his mind and asked to stay, that he would of course consider it. That means that Luongo asked for a trade. Which means it wasn't management that ran him out of town. But alas, he didn't say those EXACT words "Luongo asked for a trade" so go ahead and say what you will, but any logically thinking person knows that 2+2=4, the sun rises every morning, and Luongo asked for a trade.
2 + 2 may = 4, but you have to do some more creative math to prove that 2 + A = B is the same thing.
Luo's mind may be made up about leaving because any number of reasons. Here are a few possibilies off the top of my head:
1) Luo asked for a trade (even though neither he nor Gillis, both known for their directness, have ever said that)
2) Luo knew Schneider deserved to be a starter and offered to waive his NTC to make room for him not as a "trade me" demand but ultimate act of sportsmanship and class
3) the team told him they thought Schneider was the better long-term prospect for them (which Schneider's agent's recent hissy fit would seem to backup) and Luo felt slighted by that and wants to move on to a team that will value him for what he brings
4) the team told Luo they wanted to treat both goalies as starters and each would have to compete for ice team. (That has absolutely no proof, even if it is my not-so-secret dream.)
For all we know, Gillis saying he'd consider it if Luo changed his mind is just media play to up Luo's value by hinting he may not be traded at all, to spark interest in Schneider just for the chance to compare trade possibilities, or even to put pressure on Luo to forgive a team that asked him to move aside for the younger guy when it turns out that, at least in the short part of the season thus far, he isn't better as expected.
Speculate all you want, just don't have the hubris to pretend you know the unknowable as absolute fact.
Edited by poetica, 16 February 2013 - 10:07 PM.