“Hey, how’s about you put the camera away and let me get dressed?”
Roberto Luongo remains down in Florida with his family, renting inflatable slides, wearing flippers and hoping he never has to leave. He’s also gearing up for the next NHL season, whenever that will be, which means heading on over to the nearest NHL practice facility and getting some work in. In this case, that means visiting the home of the Florida Panthers.
As we know by now, Luongo would love it if these trips to the brutally named Saveology.com Iceplex were more than just visits. He wants to play there. ”[The Panthers] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,” he told the Sun-Sentinel.
But don’t get too worked up.
“That being said, there’s obvious other options as well,” Luongo added, party-poopingly. “This is a preferred location for obvious reasons but I’m not shutting the door on other possibilities if it comes up.” In short, there’s nothing new to report. For now, his sighting there means no more than when local NHLers join the Canucks at Eight Rinks to find their legs before heading out every fall.
However, that hasn’t stopped the Sun Sentinel from doing their best to sensationalize every detail of this encounter they possibly can.
According to their deck, Luongo is a “disgruntled” Canucks goalie, and the article describes him as “estranged”. Why, Roberto Luongo hasn’t been seen by anyone since he changed his name and disappeared into the Everglades three years ago! He shot at us when we approached!
Heck, they almost didn’t see him either, what with all the creeping around he was doing. From the Sun Sentinel:
In a bizarre, slightly uncomfortable scene at Saveology.com Iceplex Tuesday morning, current current Panthers starting goalie Jose Theodore was beginning an informal practice with several teammates just moments after estranged Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had finished his own skate.
… Luongo, who practices here every offseason, literally, was about to sneak out the back door so he wouldn’t create an awkward situation for Clemmensen and fellow Quebec native Theodore, whose job he covets. Luongo spoke to the Sun Sentinel before leaving.
As you can see, Luongo was caught attempting to slink out the back door so starter Jose Theodore wouldn’t start hissing and spraying all the furniture like a territorial cat.
It was bizarre and slightly uncomfortable, writes Harvey Fialkov, before admitting Luongo practices there every season.
Speaking of bizarre and slightly uncomfortable, be sure to watch the video of that interview, which appears to be between a naked Luongo and Professor John Frink.Tags: Luongo, Panthers