‘Disgruntled’ Roberto Luongo spotted at Panthers’ facility, hoping someone will take him in

“Hey, how’s about you put the camera away and let me get dressed?”

First, he was an escape goat. Now, he’s a disgruntled goat, at least according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.

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.

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13 comments

  1. Nee
    September 4, 2012

    Is the Sun Sentinel the TMZ of South Florida? Geez.

    That being said, I do sympathize with Luongo and wanting to get this thing settled. It can’t be fun seeing the season approach and still not knowing where you’ll play.

    P.S. Funny stuff, Harrison. This part in particular made me chuckle: “so current goaltending tandem Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen wouldn’t start hissing and spraying all the furniture like territorial cats”

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  2. Babych Sandlak
    September 4, 2012

    “Saveology.com Iceplex”

    If Lou can’t play here he’s taking his crayons and going home.

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  3. Tim
    September 5, 2012

    Luongo is a GREAT goalie; until the post-season, when it really matters. Hey, I like the Kings as well, but winning the President’s Trophy is a bit of a joke when you get booted out of the first round by a team that barely made it into the play-offs. Oh wait, didn’t they do the same kind of thing last year in the finals?

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    • John
      September 5, 2012

      Impressive troll. Yes, it’s a joke to lose to a team that steamrolled everyone en route to winning the Stanley Cup. And yes, the Bruins barely made it into the playoffs last year, except for the part where they won their division handily.

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      • Rituro
        September 5, 2012

        And at least we walked out with a trophy that signifies our team won something. 28 other teams got zilch.

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  4. John in Marpole
    September 5, 2012

    I missed the part where winning the President’s Trophy included a bye to the Stanley Cup final.

    Over the 26 years that the President’s Trophy has been awarded, only 7 times has the team that did so also win the Stanley Cup.

    And perhaps more to your point, since 2000, of the 12 President’s Trophy winners, 5 were eliminated in the first round.

    That’s why the playoffs are considered to be a new season.

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  5. Roland
    September 6, 2012

    John in marpole…If winning the presidents cup gives a team a 25% chance of winning the Stanley cup, as your own stats indicate, I would say those are pretty good odds

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  6. Roland
    September 6, 2012

    sorry guys….president’s trophy

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  7. TeeJay
    September 6, 2012

    January 04, 2012.There’s a song that goes with it Mr. Roberto Luongo,You should listen to The Canadian Tenors version .Remember Your A Toarch Bearer.That makes you special.

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  8. Harvey Fialkov
    September 6, 2012

    Thanks for the attribution Harrison but your clownish comments and inaccuracies weren’t appreciated. If you wanted to leave your paper because your boss gave your job to someone else wouldn’t you be a disgruntled employee? If your boss hadn’t spoken to you all summer afer promoting someone else to do your job and you wanted to return to your former job and city (and your boss was trying to trade you) wouldn’t that be classified as an estranged relationship? As for creeping around, clearly you never covered a sports beat or you would know that half our time is spent interviewing half-dressed atheltes in their locker rooms. Luongo said it was OK to videotape him without a shirt and I wanted to get him before he did indeed slip out the side door with Tomas Vokoun. In my world this was called the best Panthers scoop of the summer. Why else would nearly every Canadian publication and website pick it up or ask me to send them the video. Thanks for the credit.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 6, 2012

      There’s a line, however, between reporting and editorializing. Stating the facts is one thing; adding unnecessary adjectives like “disgruntled” and “estranged” colours the story and sensationalizes it. The fact that Luongo trains in Florida every off-season, makes all of this fairly routine, particularly since he has already stated multiple times that Florida is a preferred destination. While the Sun Sentinel piece treats this as sensational news and you describe it as “the best Panthers scoop of the summer,” literally none of this is new information. The reason every publication and website picked up the story is because there is nothing else hockey-related happening and hockey writers are desperate for something to talk about.

      As for interviewing half-naked athletes, that is definitely something that we’re used to when covering sports. Those interviews, however, usually happen without a camera. When the cameras are on, however, most reporters let the players put a shirt on. That said, if Luongo was okay with it, it’s his call.

      In any case, you need to understand as well that PITB tends to cover the Canucks with a skewed and humorous perspective. The quips and snark are not meant to be taken particularly seriously. If a video of a guy talking to another half-naked guy outside a shower gets posted, we’re going to call it what it is: bizarre and uncomfortable.

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      • tj
        September 14, 2012

        Excellent response, D.

        Why is it so often when you guys post an amusing piece, that anyone with even an modicum of a sense of humour gets, there’s some sensationalist-style writer blasting on here ‘defending his integrity’? The US is the land of Stephen Colbert, where ironic humour reigns supreme. Baffling.

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  9. Tamara B
    September 14, 2012

    Dibs on the next nearly-naked Luongo interview! :p

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