Here’s yet another reason that the NHL lockout needs to end right the heck now: the labour stoppage has robbed us of the glorious ending to the Roberto Luongo saga. It’s completely unfair and borderline torture to be left hanging in this way, like AMC making Breaking Bad fans wait a full year for the second half of season 5.
This is every Breaking Bad fan reacting to the split-season structure:
But, like that Youtube guy that perfectly predicted the season 4 finale, Sportsnet’s John Shannon claims to have figured out how this whole ordeal ends. On Wednesday, in a televised discussion with Nick Kypreos, Shannon said that the Canucks have a Luongo deal in place with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The only thing holding up the deal is that, thanks to the lockout, Luongo doesn’t currently play for them. But, supposing the NHL’s current proposal is accepted and the season begins next month, “Roberto Luongo is staying in Canada, and will be a Toronto Maple Leaf by November 2nd.”
Of course this would all come out the same day Daniel published a take on why the Canucks might need both Luongo and Schneider. Poor Daniel. But, while it could unfortunately render yesterday’s writing obsolete, this is the best possible outcome for anyone hoping to see Roberto Luongo on 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs. But is it true? Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040 Thursday morning, where Jason Botchford put the question to him. Is a Luongo to Toronto close?
“The definition of ‘close’ is something that is different for everybody,” Gillis responded. (After all, what if Botchford meant six-time Academy Award nominated actress Glenn Close? There’s just no way of knowing.) Gillis continued:
“I’m not sure why John would say that because that’s certainly not the case, but everyone is entitled to speculate on whatever they’d like to speculate on. We’ve moved very slowly on any discussion Roberto Luongo, we’ll trade him when we get what we want for him or we won’t trade him. And Either way that’s fine with me. You know, if we can do something that’s gonna help us and move our team forward in different areas, we’re certainly going to consider it, but that hasn’t occurred yet so I’m not quite sure why that would be said.”
Okay, so that’s not quite a no. In fact, it’s a delectably shifty response, especially if you pause on that first line. Here’s a very astute observation from Taj Kang:
Whenever the person getting asked the question goes to the definition of the word he’s trying to hide something.
— Taj (@taj1944) October 18, 2012
Is that true, former U.S. President Bill Clinton?
We’ll have more on this tomorrow.Tags: Maple Leafs, Roberto Luongo, this trade is never going to happen, trade rumours