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***Updated*** Emotional Roberto Luongo, "My Contract Sucks" - Continues To Wait For Trade


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#1 SSM30

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

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When Roberto Luongo was pulled off the ice at the end of practice, a number of people speculated there was a deal in place. Hell, he even thought so. There wasn’t.

Instead, Luongo held a press conference explaining where he’s at, offering the following quotes:

"I'm human and sometimes it gets to you. . .My contract sucks...that's probably the reason I am still here."

Luongo on his contract: "I'd scrap it if I could right now."

"I don't regret the way I have handled things."

"I am going to gether myself for the rest of the day & make sure when I come to work tomorrow I will be 100 per cent dedicated to this team."

"It's a hit on your pride that teams aren't willing to give up much"

Luongo was also asked if the difficulties in getting out of the contract were fully explored when he signed the deal, and he was asked if he had personally changed his stance since, several months ago, he said he could dictate a trade out of town on his own circumstances.

“That’s a good question and a tough one to answer,” Luongo said.

“I was never approached with a trade somewhere else . . . obviously, other teams were interested but nothing ever materialized to the point where I would have to waive off or not (no trade clause).


" I love this team and I love this city, and the goal is the Stanley Cup"


Obviously he’s going to play his best in Vancouver, but it has to suck operating with one foot out the door. He deserves a lot of credit for handling this as he has. Not everyone – hell, not many NHLers – would take things so well. Especially not proven stars.


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Luongo, Canucks mired in lose-lose situation

Vancouver Canucks fail to move goalie at trade deadline

By Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun columnist

http://www.vancouver...0691/story.html


It wasn’t Roberto Luongo’s contract last summer that undermined the Vancouver Canucks’ attempt to trade him, but his singular focus on going to the Florida Panthers.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs, run back then by Brian Burke, were ready to negotiate a trade, Luongo reiterated his desire to play only in South Florida.

Wednesday, with the goaltender desperate to go somewhere he can start, the Maple Leafs reportedly rejected Canuck trade offers three times in the final hour before the National Hockey League dealing deadline.

At least new Toronto general manager Dave Nonis answered the phone.

It would make a delicious storyline if Nonis, who always felt Canuck general manager Mike Gillis stuck a shiv in him five years ago, exacted revenge by leaving his successor stuck with Luongo.

But it was likely the goalie’s $64-million contract that scared the Maple Leafs as it certainly has other teams.

Luongo would probably like a do-over on last summer.

A lot of this is his fault.

But there’s no sport in battering someone who’s down, and Luongo was never lower than on Wednesday when he was whisked from the ice to management offices at Rogers Arena and informed the Canucks could find no taker for him.

In the emotional 12 months since he was deposed in goal by Cory Schneider, Luongo has felt many things. But unwanted was probably not one of them until Wednesday.

Luongo looked beaten.

“My contract sucks,” the 34-year-old told reporters, his anguish evident, his fall complete. “That’s what the problem is. Unfortunately, it’s a big factor in trading me and it’s probably why I’m still here.

“I’d scrap it if I could right now.”

Luongo has nine seasons and more than $40-million left on his 12-year deal. He would give that up for a chance to be a starter again in a city of his choosing?

“I think he was very emotional,” Gillis said. “These days are emotional for everybody. Where you have a day like this, where your whole life could be turned upside down ... I think there’s an opportunity for things to be said that in the clear light of day might not be reflecting how you really feel.

“I think he said that in a highly emotional state. I think that as Roberto settles down and we get through decompressing ... we’ll have a discussion about the future with him again.”

It’s hard to see how the market gets better for Luongo.

The National Hockey League economy – at least as it relates to players – shrinks after this season when the salary cap dives to $64.3 million from $70.2 million. Luongo’s albatross of a contract isn’t going to be any more appealing in the summer.

The consequences for the Canucks are more immediate. While trying to win a Stanley Cup this spring, they have $5.33 million of payroll invested in a guy sitting on the bench when that money could have significantly upgraded the team at other positions.

This is a lose-lose for player and team.

“At the time it was done, it was very favourable for this organization and it was very favourable for Roberto,” Gillis said of the contract negotiated in 2009. “The top teams in the league that were competing for Stanley Cups did contracts like this for franchise players.

“Since that occurred, there have been a number of changes (in NHL dynamics). It’s a fluid industry; things do change. There have been a lot of shifting sands and we’re going to have to deal with it as we move down the road.

“I do feel obligated to trade Roberto and get him into a position where he’s happy and competing the way he likes to and at the level he’s accustomed to. The need of our team also plays a role and trying to balance them are a difficult thing.”

If Luongo is serious about escaping his contract, he can withhold services, which would allow the Canucks to terminate the deal. But the team would first have to place him on waivers, meaning Luongo would have no input on where he plays and could be claimed for a fee of $125.

It was hard not to feel sorry for him on Wednesday. He has been humbled and embarrassed, a totem chopped to the ground.

“I think it’s more, honestly, a hit on your pride that teams aren’t willing to give up much,” he said of his feelings. “I don’t think disappointment is the right word. It’s been an emotional ride, the last year. I think it’s more the unknown that has gotten to me more than anything else. I’m human and sometimes it gets to you.”

Luongo has never seemed more human than during the last year, when he has maintained dignity, his sense of humour and loyalty to Schneider and the Canucks when the goaltending situation could have become toxic enough to choke the entire team.

“I’m going to gather myself for the rest of the day,” he said, “and make sure when I come to work tomorrow, I’m going to be 100 per cent dedicated to this team the rest of the year, no matter what that capacity is.”

How would he write his saga?

“TBD – to be determined.”

Still.

Today is Luongo’s birthday. Bet he has never felt older.


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Money can't buy Luongo's happiness

By Jason Botchford, The Province

http://www.theprovin...1625/story.html

A $64-million contract can buy a player a lot of things, but playing time isn’t one of them.

Neither is happiness.

Roberto Luongo is lacking both, something he detailed in an awkwardly human, emotionally raw press conference that he handled like he’s handled everything else this year — beautifully.

In a few days, the humiliation of feeling unwanted will fade. In a few months, he will be traded — we think — and all of this will be a bitter memory, one he will use to fuel the next chapter of his career.

There was something wrong about seeing Luongo Wednesday at the podium, humbled and forced to explain what it felt like not to be traded. It couldn’t have been easy explaining that no one really wanted him.

His honesty was exhilarating, however, especially when he declared he’d annul his contract if the CBA allowed for it.

“My contract sucks,” he said. “That’s what the problem is. Unfortunately, it’s a big factor in trading me. And it’s why I’m still here.

“I’d scrap it if I could right now.”

Despite all the millions he’s made, and will make, to hear him describe his 12-year, $64-million deal as an anchor provided a keyhole into his heart and soul.

He wants to play, desperately so, and who among us who has ever played a sport at any level can’t relate with that?

It was hard not to feel some sympathy for Lu, especially when he admitted his pride was dented because the bidding war he expected in the offseason never materialized. Not then, and not on Wednesday before the noon deadline.

It leaves a situation no one wanted, or thought possible, a year ago. Luongo will be a Canuck for the rest of the season.

Of course, things could have been different. Maybe if he was less loyal, and more of a malcontent he’d have what he craves. Maybe if was more about himself and less about the team, he’d be a clear-cut starter again.

“I’m not disappointed in the way I handled the situation,” Luongo said. “I tried to handle it the right way and not create any negative energy around the team. I don’t regret the way I handled things.”

The Canucks put on a big push to move him in the final hour, making several calls to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But every time they called, the Leafs changed what they were willing to give up for him.

One time it was nothing but a prospect. On the next call, it was only a player. Then it was just draft picks.

In the end, the Canucks asked for backup goalie Ben Scrivens and two second-round draft picks.

Toronto still said no. That offer leaked out hours later.

As if Luongo’s pride hasn’t taken enough of a hit.

It leaves you wondering how serious the Leafs were, and if a lot of their alleged interest in Luongo was really a put on or a long con. If it was, and they were sure to always keep the dialogue going, that’s quite the emotional mudslide they dragged Luongo through.

“It has been an emotional ride the last year,” he said. “I think it is more the unknown that has gotten to me more than anything else. I’m human, and sometimes it gets to you.”

Both Luongo and GM Mike Gillis held press conferences when it was over, making Wednesday possibly the first time ever there were duelling pressers in Rogers Arena to explain why a player wasn’t traded.

Something in them felt a little cheap when it turned into ‘he said, he said’ territory over the issue of Luongo’s no-trade clause.

Luongo said he was never presented with a trade. But Gillis said they did have discussions about whether he’d be willing to waive his NTC, suggesting it was actually a bigger issue than his contract.

“I’ve never been told there was a stumbling block (with his contract),” Gillis said. “The discussions we’ve had didn’t surround a stumbling block, they surrounded players, draft picks, places where he might go. Those were bigger hurdles than discussions about his contract.”

Really, they were both right. At the draft, talks between the Canucks and the Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets were moving past toddler stage, and Vancouver wanted to know if Luongo would be willing to waive. At the time, he still believed Florida was going to come hard for him, and said no. It essentially ended talks at the draft with any team but the Panthers.

Months later, when the Florida push never materialized, Luongo was open to places like Toronto. But even then Toronto and Vancouver could never consummate a deal.

It may never have been possible.

“Obviously, in the last couple of weeks things have been emotionally tough for me as far as where I’m going,” Luongo said. “But now I can really make sure I’m focusing on the right thing.”


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

not going to comment on the article or quote it at all?

He's obviously emotional. He thought he was going to be traded by now.

Edit: OP has been changed now. First comment is irrelevant.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

So any word on why Luongo was pulled off the ice? Based on the quotes sounds like he would have been willing to waive his NTC to go just about anywhere so the market for him at the draft should be larger.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

lol
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

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Im glad he still a canuck , He has something to prove now.. IMO I think we are better off with Luongo than schnieder
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

pretty tough to read. :( I feel for him. I hope we win the cup with him back up or starter.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

Maybe he can run over Ballard and booth and put them on lti so the Canucks can buy out his sucky contract
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

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I wish he had been traded.

I know he wants to win a Cup here, and he wants to be the one leading the way, but that's looking less likely every day.

Get him out of here for his sake emotionally and mentally.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

So any word on why Luongo was pulled off the ice? Based on the quotes sounds like he would have been willing to waive his NTC to go just about anywhere so the market for him at the draft should be larger.


To make sure he was A-OK with where he was going to be traded if the potential was there, is what he said in his interview
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

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I still think LU> Schneider.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:12 PM

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Not Luongo's fault. It's all on Gillis.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

Good job Gillis.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

Luongo. Your contract doesn't suck!

It makes you rich!

And you have done your best to compete with the team. Like in Edmonton, just have to be ready to go into goal like it's yours again. As past playoffs have shown anything can happen and who is carrying the ball can change in the blink of an eye.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

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Keep tough Lu, you have lots of fans here who never want to see you in anything but a Canucks jersey!
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

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I wish he had been traded.
I know he wants to win a Cup here, and he wants to be the one leading the way, but that's looking less likely every day.
Get him out of here for his sake emotionally and mentally.


Luo gets paid and is a gazillionaire.He can live with the disappointment of being paid half a million dollars per month.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

Could Lou and gillies renegotiate his contract?
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

To make sure he was A-OK with where he was going to be traded if the potential was there, is what he said in his interview


That makes no sense, he was pulled right before the end of the deadline. Wouldn't they have checked with WAY before that unless a last minute deal with an unexpected team was offered, in which case if they were serious enough to ask Luongo was didn't the trade happen?
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

I still think LU> Schneider.


same but i feel for lu having to go thru this whole thing for this long.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

It really sucks to see this happen to him. As much as we've ripped on him, he has done a ton for us and he really deserves better than this.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:16 PM

I don't know if it's blunt, honest or stupid to say that his contract sucks

I understand he wants to play and he's emotional....but it probably won't earn him any brownie points with the fans (and I say this as a Lu supporter)
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

Watch Schneider completely melt down in this stretch run and in the playoffs and Lu comes in and saves the day.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

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lol Gillis..Bring in Burke..at least he could steal deals and probably would have gotten nice for Lu

Burke built this canucks core and have lots of winning seasons because of him. Now the maple leafs are on the rise and enjoying Burke's hard work.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:18 PM

Gillis saying in his presser that it was a turbulent day for all.

In the end, the Canucks are stronger with both goalies.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

Like after last years playoffs:
He loves to be here...just the situation makes it hard!

Real good guy! Hope Roberto Can give us and himself a Stanley Cup!
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

you can tell that despite how cool and calm LU has tried to play this entire odd situation it has really been weighing on him heavily for a long time. really feel bad for the guy, his fate is totally out of his hands, pretty much a prisoner of his own contract.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

Luo gets paid and is a gazillionaire.He can live with the disappointment of being paid half a million dollars per month.

Don't you get it??? Money's not everything for him
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

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It really sucks to see this happen to him. As much as we've ripped on him, he has done a ton for us and he really deserves better than this.

???? I love Luongo but wth why all the bleeding hearts for him?


1. If he was truly desperate to get out of town he could have waived his NTC which would have helped Gillis a lot.
2. He is being paid a sick sick amount of money to practice and stay in shape... not too shabby at all.
3. He needs to suck it up, realize he is not bigger than the team... if it doesn't improve the Canucks why would Gillis trade him, instead of saying his contract sucks he should start playing like he deserves that contract at all - then it would be moot.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

all of this the day before his bday and he sounds so bummed out, hopefully he gets a start soon and runs with it all the way to the stanleycup
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

Can we buy out Lou and then immediately resign him to a tradeable contract? Can't fathom getting zilch for him, but it's clear he doesn't want to be here anymore (as a backup).
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:23 PM

???? I love Luongo but wth why all the bleeding hearts for him?


1. If he was truly desperate to get out of town he could have waived his NTC which would have helped Gillis a lot.
2. He is being paid a sick sick amount of money to practice and stay in shape... not too shabby at all.
3. He needs to suck it up, realize he is not bigger than the team... if it doesn't improve the Canucks why would Gillis trade him, instead of saying his contract sucks he should start playing like he deserves that contract at all - then it would be moot.


exactly at the end of the day he controlled the trade and still does hope he realizes this in the summer
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