Earlier today I wrote my opinion on why Roberto Luongo told reporters he’d waive his no-trade clause, which you can read here.

The interview in which he says that is worth watching, if for no other reason than the fact that Luongo is a tough guy to figure out, and sometimes his body language is more telling than his words. (By the way, his words kind of make it feel like he’s trying to heap pressure on Corey Schneider – “He’s going to dominate this league for 10, 12, 15 years” - but maybe I’m over-scrutinizing there.)

You can decide for yourself after giving it a look: do you think he wants out of Vancouver?

More thoughts on Luongo tomorrow. Love to hear yours today.

Comments (5)

  1. Agreed, his take on Schneider’s future is passive agressive. It’s pretty easy to build a case that Bobby Luo wants out, and I can’t think of a good reason why he would want to stay. I think he’s had enough and I don’t blame him.

    • The articles and comments about this issue thus far are a perfect example of how easily people get whipped into a frenzy about anything do with him. He just watched a young phenom stand on his head for three games and probably steal his job in the space of a couple of weeks. When asked about it he says “Yup, I waived my no trade clause, Schneider’s going to be amazing, I don’t blame anyone for what happened, it is what it is, I’m happy to stay but if I get traded, so be it”. Makes sense, right? He’s proud, excellent, professional, and human, and he acted exactly the way a normal human being would act.
      And yet….. the response in the media and in the peanut gallery is that Luongo has finally had enough of the pressure, he wants to leave, Vancouver pissed him off for the last time, he has no reason to stay, is bitter toward Schneider, blah blah blah. Why can’t we resist the temptation to turn predictable and easily explainable things into day-time soap operas? Three weeks from now someone will ask him a leading question about pressure in the city, he’ll say “ya, it’s tough sometimes”, and everyone will go SEE!!!!! I TOLD YOU!!!

  2. When asked if he’d prefer to stay, and his reply was basically, “either way is fine by me”… I think that’s all you need to know. Guys who want to stay are usually pretty clear about what they want. Guy’s who want out are usually less clear about it.

  3. Honestly, why would any goalie want to stay? Luongo is statistically one of the best. He failed miserably in key games, but the rest of his body of work is better than most goalies in the league. Yet the scrutiny and scapegoating he takes is ridiculous.

    Kesler, Edler, Salo, all fan favourite that were woeful for the second half of the season. But the story was always about the #1 goaltender whose save percentage was not as good as Quick or Thomas, etc.

    Why would Cory Schneider want to stay in Vancouver? This isn’t a franchise which will devote resources to giving you lock-down defensive players to shore up your stats (Malholtra and zone starts is about as much extra that you get). When the sample size turns and Cory Schneider lays a few eggs during a slow-news cycle, Luongo should be happy that he simply called time on a no-win situation for himself.

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