Now that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are off the market, the attention has turned to some of the NHL’s other players who might be on the move this offseason — chief amongst them, Roberto Luongo. The Canucks netminder, who has been quiet (-ish) all spring amid rumours that he’s on the way out, headed to the World Poker championships in Las Vegas this weekend (with the tab picked up by the B.C. Lottery Coporation in a minor controversy).
Suddenly, freed from his hideout in Florida, Luongo has became super available and talkative. As a result, that vacuum of controversy, speculation and offseason rosterbation created by the Parise and Suter signings has been since filled by our old pal Funny Bob.
Most of the interest stems from his first (but technically second) interview since the end of last season, a chat with Jeff O’Neill of CFox radio during which Luongo indicated that his time in Vancouver has come to an end.
“I think we all know what’s going on,” he said. “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 had a great six years in Vancouver. It’s a really wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there. Probably my biggest regret. But it’ll be remembered for six great years.”
The entire interview is below. The comments come at about the 10:00 mark.
Credit to O’Neill for getting a scoop here. Prior to this, his most noteworthy interactions with the Canucks were his banter-heavy chats with Kevin Bieksa and that time he allegedly earned a hangup from Mike Gillis for asking if the Canucks’ GM was circumcised.
(Note to aspiring hockey journalists: Do not ask NHL general managers about their penises.)
Anyway, apart from the semi-bombshell that Luongo feels it’s time to move on — which isn’t so much a bombshell as much as its confirmation of what everybody already knew, Luongo also gave a handful of less ground-breaking, and yet very hilarious answers. Here are our favourites:
As well, Luongo is posed the circumcision question, so the interview also features insider information on the state of his junk, if you’re into that. Anyway.
Also amusing, although perhaps not at pot-stirring, is this much shorter interview Luongo did with Sarah Grant of Poker News.
The best part is that the poor young lady has no idea who he is. “I am with Roberto Luongo, very important and famous NHL… *awkward long pause* … goalie.”
Thankfully, that’s not the most awkward moment of the interview. That comes shortly after, when a big dude walks right in front of the camera and stumbles over the cord. Quality!
I quite like Luongo’s description of the butterfly style. “Pretty much, drop to your knees, close your eyes and hope that the puck hits you.”
Finally, we have one last chat to report. Since Roberto Luongo’s in Las Vegas and he’s talking to everybody, do you think the important dinner to which president and CEO of the Florida Panthers Michael Yormark is referring might involve a certain Italian netminder?
On the road again this week.Heading to vegas for a very important dinner on monday night.
— Michael Yormark (@PanthersYormark) July 8, 2012
Granted, I’d put more stock in this if A) Yormark were Dale Tallon, B) Speaking to Luongo wasn’t tampering since he’s under contract to another team, and C) Luongo were a free agent and not a guy that needs to be acquired via trade. Shouldn’t Yormark be talking to Mike Gillis, not Luongo?
Mind you, maybe Yormark made the same mistake as Jeff O’Neill and now Gillis won’t answer his calls. Note to aspiring NHL GMs…Tags: Don't ask Gillis about his junk, jeff o'neill, Luongo, Luongo talks to everyone, offseason blues, someone pees in the Canucks' shower