Everyone’s said it, but does Luongo really want a trade?
Written on April 24, 2012 at 15:21, by HTTN
Lou said he’d waive his no trade clause, but there’s more to it.
When I first saw the tweets telling us Roberto Luongo would accept a trade if he was asked to, I thought his words were being overblown like they’ve been so many times before — of course he’s not going to say no if the Canucks don’t want him.
Now that I’ve watched the interview, I’m less sure.
Don’t get me wrong, Luongo said everything right. He talked about being a team player and doing what’s best for the organization. But there was a moment where he hesitated, and it spoke loudly.
Farhan Lalji asked if going forward he’d be happy splitting time or not being the clear number one with Cory Schneider around. Instead of a positive, “Yeah sure,” or, “I have no problem with the current situation,” Luongo gave this vague, guarded answer.
“Uh, you know what? I think it’s going to be what’s best for the team. Whatever scenario that is, I’m OK with it. Whether that involves me being here or not is OK.”
Asked if he’d be OK with being traded if it was best for the team, Luongo said:
“I’ve always been about the team first and obviously they’ve got a guy here that’s going to be a superstar in the league for the next 10, 12, 15 years so I’m OK with that as well. I loved being here the last 6 years. I think my career has really taken off… If I’m here in the future that’s great, if I’m not, that’s good also.”
Really, he almost agreed that trading him and keeping Schneider looks like it makes the most sense.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Luongo wants out of Vancouver or he’s requesting a trade. However, he is clearly not happy sharing the net. Which makes sense, considering he could be a starter in 20 other NHL markets.
If you’d rather draw your own conclusions from the interview, you can watch it below. The part where he hesitates before giving the answer is at the 40 second mark.