‘Trade Luongo’, says massive sign outside Surrey Pub

After the NHL’s second lengthy lockout in seven years and third consecutive failed stab at getting a deal done before they had to start cancelling games, many are wondering what impact this latest stoppage is going to have on the hockey fanbase. Since the announcement of the new CBA, every interview I’ve done — either formal or informal — has included some form of the question “Will there be a backlash?”

Maybe, but I doubt it. Outspoken as fans have been, locked-out NHL fans are not unlike crying babies. Put a boob in their mouth — in this case, that boob is hockey — and they’ll be quietly suckling in no time. It’s been my estimation all the way along that the fans will just continue on as they were, as though the lockout was little more than Zack Morris calling a time out and freezing everyone in place. The moment he says “Time in,” everybody just picks up where the left off, a little confused and nothing more.

Canuck fans especially. I would like to submit the following as evidence:

“Hey, we’re back? Great! Okay, where were we? Right. TRADE LUONGO.”

That’s a sign from outside the Wheelhouse Neighbourhood Pub in Surrey. It went up Monday. Again, that’s the day after the announcement of the new CBA. Seriously, it’s like we were all just in cryostasis chambers or something.

The sign, which is still up, is the work of Wheelhouse employee Hamzah Gurung. According to Gurung, most of the feedback from the sign has been positive, except for one older gentlemen who felt it was “kind of unprofessional”.

To that I’d say: Relax, older gentleman. I can think of a major local newspaper that made ‘Trade Luongo” their official editorial position just last year.

And then I’d say: Actually, nevermind, that sort of supports your point.

Stick-tap to Vishi Sood.

28 comments

  1. chicken chick
    January 9, 2013

    To repeat myself:

    The dumbest thing the Nucks could do
    Is trade away our Bobby Lu
    As you will very shortly see
    Schneider’s not all he’s thought to be

    With Jenny Wren I have this bet
    Within six games he’s back in net
    And when our record’s one and five
    Luongo brings our hopes alive

    If these thoughts should you amuse
    And to “dislike” them you should choose
    Remember in a week or so
    ‘Twas I who saw how things will go

    And when we win this shortened season
    Old number one will be the reason

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  2. eric blacha
    January 9, 2013

    I sure hope we don’t trade him,. We need this guy, I don’t actually have the faith in Schnieds to carry us in the playoffs especially after the Chicago playoff game. Luongo played just as well in L.A. series. I’d also like to say Lou’s funnier.

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    • Kate
      January 9, 2013

      I dont know, Schneids has some pretty good impersonations… ;)

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      January 9, 2013

      Seriously, one playoff game from two years ago is what you’re evaluating Schneider on, rather than the incredible performance he had all last year?

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  3. Big Bad Brown Guy a Luongo Fan
    January 9, 2013

    Bold move from a shity bar, I guess these guys have no problems pissing on the Loungo fans.

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  4. Bye< Bye Loser
    January 9, 2013

    The sooner the Canucks rid themselves of Lui the loser the better off this entire team will be. Did he ever bring us the Stanley Cup. No, of course not, and his outrageous salary hand tied the team for years because they didn’t have the money to bring real winning players to this team. I raise my glass to the last time I will ever see Luongo in a Canuck’s uniform

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    • JS Topher
      January 9, 2013

      I can’t tell if you are joking or delusional…

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    • Kesler's Nose
      January 10, 2013

      Throw the Sedin’s in with a Lou trade and you might get something worth while back. the so called Sedin stars haven’t done much to bring a Cup to your moss laden city.

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      • Blueliner
        January 10, 2013

        You have no right to all yourself Kesler’s Nose if you make that kind of comment. You’re not even worthy of Kesler’s a$$.

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        • Kesler's Nose
          January 11, 2013

          Wake up… Canucks in league for 40+ yrs and no Cup. That’s the issue with Canuck fan’s, can’t see past their rose colored glasses.

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  5. Karen
    January 9, 2013

    It’s the Wheelhouse. It’s pretty much the antithesis of everything you should be in life. So in reality, the message we should take away here is… do NOT trade Luongo, under any circumstances. Ever.

    On a side note, I’m glad this picture appears to have been taken from a car. Walking in that parking lot gives me a very real fear of being infected by old needles, diseased condoms and broken dreams.

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    • Steven
      January 9, 2013

      Ugh. The Wheelhouse, the second-worst douchebag bar in Surrey.

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  6. Shawn
    January 9, 2013

    Is this considered Bullying?

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  7. Anonymous
    January 9, 2013

    Is it bad that as soon as I saw the title I said ‘NO SHUT UP.’ out loud in public?

    I think so.

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  8. Disappointed
    January 9, 2013

    I hope that employee gets canned. Not doing much to positively change the Wheelhouse’s image with an unprofessional stunt like that.

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  9. TestingTesting
    January 9, 2013

    Fracken rude establishment. Love Bobby Lu.

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  10. Smokey
    January 9, 2013

    To trade Luongo wouldn’t be all that bright, not now, not when we have no real clue how the season will play out. Luongo’s a poker player, he can tell you. Don’t go all in now, you ain’t even seen the flop. Canucks management are too smart to do something just because media and some parts of the fanbase are all riled up (this is Vancouver, they’ll always be riled up about something). Lu will be around for a while yet, never mind what some pub in Surrey thinks, and I say that’s a good thing.

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    • Kesler's Nose
      January 10, 2013

      “canuck management are too smart”?????? Here are examples to trash your statement, Fats Sundin, Mark Messier, Cam Nealy etc etc…..

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      • Daniel Wagner
        January 10, 2013

        Really? The current management team is responsible for just one of the players you mentioned and the Sundin signing was fine. It may not have worked out perfectly, but it hardly refutes the intelligence of the current management.

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        • Aaron
          January 10, 2013

          The Sundin signing was good, after his arrival the team got serious, I believe he provided leadership and a level head that can not be measured on the ice. If you look at the time frame it was kind of a Canucks turning point.

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        • Kesler's Nose
          January 11, 2013

          What have they done? Presidents Trophy? so what and who cares. Finishing second or what ever place means nothing. Keep up those second rate thoughts.

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  11. TeeJay
    January 9, 2013

    I think The Tenors have already had the answer to all this things going on and that answer was in the song LEAD WITH YOUR HEART(we were once asked to SHOW SOME HEART).

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  12. shoes
    January 10, 2013

    I have no doubt that Schnieder can carry the load, however why does anyone think they need to disrespect Luongo. I bet the guy who hung that sign is sportin’ a mullet and drinks Lethbridge pil, when he is putting on airs.

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    • Kesler's Nose
      January 10, 2013

      shoes, have you had ADHD medications checked lately? Dumber than a sack of hammers.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        January 10, 2013

        Lose the insults, people.

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  13. Aaron
    January 10, 2013

    Ok lets say we trade off Lou, How many losses do you think it will be before “Fans” are screaming to Trade Schnider, cause that guy is a bum and will never win us a cup. I mean I think Lou lost some key games, but he stole a few too, we would never be where we have been without top notch goal tending. I hope he gets traded for his sake, He deserves better than the fans have given him.

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  14. Raftgeek
    January 10, 2013

    I came over in the Lou trade from Florida I’m hoping he goes back so I can pull those jerseys out again. I will continue to support the Canucks as long as the core team is here. I suspect one day I will root against the Canucks in large part because of what I’ve read here on these boards. It seems to me that the fans in Vancouver expect way too much from mere mortals. It’s as if you expect the team to go 98-0 every year and win each game by five goals. Even with that I suspect somebody would complain. It won’t be long maybe not even the end of this year before somebody(s) are not calling Schinder a bum.

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  15. Hamzah
    January 10, 2013

    The sign has since been changed and now reads “GO CANUCKS GO – TRADE LUONGO – OR KEEP HIM – JUST WIN THE CUP”

    Cheers!

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