This morning, Roberto Luongo gave his first interview since the end of the Canucks’ season.
First, it was a great interview. He was honest and relaxed, and he didn’t hold back. You can hear it here.
You’ve probably already seen the quote where he said “It’s been a great six years, but it’s time to move on.” More notable to me were two other answers. First, he was asked if he sees himself going to Florida or if there’s another place he’d go.
“Florida is definitely one of the spots I’d be willing to go do… To be honest, I haven’t had much communication with Mike. He keeps me updated once in a while. I’m sure when something is close to happening, that’s when I’ll have to make a decision.”
Boy, he said a lot in that quote. First, the Canucks have not yet been close to a deal with ANY team. All those rumours we’ve heard, those BREAKING TRADES, or JUST FINALIZING DETAILS, people have tweeted — completely false.
Adding to that, he was asked earlier in the interview if he’d submitted a list of teams.
“We never really had that discussion. Mike threw it out there when we had our meeting at the end of the year. We never really discussed teams.”
Wait, as soon as the season ended, a number of hockey people tweeted about Luongo’s “list.” Mike Gillis had already told us there was no list, but it means even more coming straight from Luongo’s mouth.
I’m sure there are still some of you die-hard Luongo fans holding out hope that by some miracle, he may stick around. He was asked if there’s any chance in hell he’ll still be on the Canucks in September.
“I would never say never.”
We’ll take it!!
Wish I could just leave it at that, but he did add more…
“I would never say never, but we all know what’s going on and we’ve all seen what’s developed. At the end of the day I think it’s time to move on and I’m ok with that. I’ve had a great 6 years in Vancouver. I think it’s a wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there.”
It’s probably a good thing he waited so long to do the interview, because if Canucks fans hadn’t taken two months to let the idea of him leaving sink in, that answer would’ve been a punch in the gut.