Roberto Luongo has said a few times now — in multiple languages, at that — that he’s approaching this season like he approached the 2010 Olympics. We’ve already covered and sensationalized the nefarious undercurrent of this mindset, but on Monday night, in an interview with Ren Lavoie of French-language broadcaster RDS, the primary implication became even clearer.
“I’m willing to stay here this season because it will be short,” Luongo said, albeit in French. “But I don’t want to stay here long term.”
Luongo was quick to clarify to us that translating this quote to English transformed it into something a little more brusque than he intended. “That was taken a bit out of context,” he explained. “I said, ‘given what’s happened I don’t see myself being here long term.’ Didn’t want to make it sound like ‘Get me out of here’.
In other words, he didn’t intend to give the impression that he’s clamouring to leave. That said, given all that’s gone down, it was clear that he views his time in Vancouver as a temporary stay. He’s willing to be patient, even to the point of sticking around for the rest of the year, but he expects this chapter in his life to come to an end at some point in the near future.
As for when that day will come, however, who has any earthly clue? Amidst all the speculation and misinformation, it’s clear that the only thing we do know is this: not since the end of days has there been an event as unpredictable as the Roberto Luongo trade. To borrow from the words of Jesus: But about that day or hour no one knows. As a result, jittery Canuck fans have spent the first week of the post-post-lockout era eating up every single ounce of speculation, sitting in front of Twitter all day, begging for scraps like a dog, and visiting their bookmarked blogs on a loop.
But now there’s a helpful guide that will save you all sorts of time: We present HasLuongoBeenTraded.com, a useful tool that answers the question of whether or not the much-maligned Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender remains a Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender.
Inspired by the beloved Did Gomez Score, which tracks the goalless droughts of one Scott Gomez, HasLuongoBeenTraded.com is the brainchild of Arash Memarzadeh and Derek James. “Hopefully this website will answer the question I have every morning,” Memarzadeh wrote.
You and everyone, man. So let’s ask the website. Hey, has Luongo been traded yet?
Aw. Okay, we’ll check back later, then.
What a helpful resource. I’ll bet even Luongo is using it by the end of the week.Tags: Roberto Luongo