Throughout the Roberto Luongo trade saga — which appears to have no end in sight, with Luongo starting his third straight game Friday versus the Blackhawks — Mike Gillis has remained impressively stoic. But during a January 18th interview on the Team 1040, Jason Botchford did manage to get the Canucks’ GM’s ire up with a question about whether the Canucks were asking too much for the goalie.
“The notion that we were asking for too much,” Gillis responded, “was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right. That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the type of pressure that I’m going to succumb to.”
So which Toronto media members were aiding the Leafs’ public negotiations? Well, we can’t know for sure, but if you follow Damien Cox on Twitter, tweets like this one or this one certainly seem to point to the Toronto Star columnist pitching in. I’d suspect that Gillis had Cox in mind when he made the statement.
I’d also suspect that Gillis isn’t the only member of the Canucks’ organization that thinks this, especially after Roberto Luongo’s little zinger Wednesday night. Upon encountering Cox in the postgame scrum following his 3-0 shutout of the Avalanche, Luongo interrupted Cox’s question to ask one of his own: “Are you here scouting for the Leafs or what?”
Burn. Luongo, with a dig worthy of Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes.
It’s not exactly brimming with malice, like Brian Burke on Steve Simmons at his post-firing presser – “That’s the best part about today, Steve, is that I probably don’t ever have to talk to you again” – but it’s still pretty great.
I love Ann Schmaltz of News 1130 chiming in with “good question” immediately after. Yes, it was a good question.
Cox didn’t shy away from mentioning the exchange in his column the following morning, although he chose not to mention that he was the zingee:
Spotting a familiar Toronto media face after his 3-0 shutout victory over the punchless Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, Luongo barked out, “Hey, you here scouting for the Leafs, or what’s going on here?”
But who was this mysterious Toronto media face? Who?!
We’re told that’s a common practice. And admittedly, if someone implied that I was a big ol’ shill, I might have left that out of my story too.Tags: Roberto Luongo, this trade is never going to happen