Hear Roberto Luongo zing Damien Cox: ‘Are you here scouting for the Leafs?’

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.

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15 comments

  1. junk
    January 31, 2013

    LOL that was golden, Lu.

    And congrats on your first win for the season and the SO!

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  2. Rob Robertson
    January 31, 2013

    Speaking of Ann Schmaltz, follow @annschmaltz on twitter if you’re not doing so already!

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  3. TheFalconer
    January 31, 2013

    “Right now, Luongo seems to be handling the awkwardness of sharing the net with Schneider somewhat better than his younger netminding partner.”

    What an irresponsible quote by Cox. Where is this substantiated? Nowhere in the column does he have a quote from Schneider or anyone else that backs this ridiculous statement up. That being said, you can’t expect too much from a big shill.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      January 31, 2013

      I think he just means that Lu has performed better of the two as opposed to literally “handling the issue”, but everything Cox says has a bit of a sneer to it, especially when writing about Vancouver. He is a glorified Leafs fan with an inexplicable writing gig.

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      • BakerGeorgeT
        January 31, 2013

        Totally agree about Cox. I don’t really get why he’s got the following he does.

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    • bestbehaviour
      February 1, 2013

      No doubt. Also, “barked” Luongo? Really? No bias there, then… I think Cox must be feeling sensitive!

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  4. madwag
    January 31, 2013

    how could one not like this? i mean ….

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  5. aidanbc
    January 31, 2013

    Did he ever answer the question about the fans’ reaction?

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  6. TamaraB
    January 31, 2013

    Barks? That was so mild Luo could have been talking to his Nonna!

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    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2013

      My thoughts exactly. Way to spin that irresponsible journalism, Cox.

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  7. Mt
    January 31, 2013

    Zing and zung. I love it (‘it’ definitely not being Damien Cox).

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  8. Anonymous
    January 31, 2013

    Hilarious that Cox had no comeback to Lu and only NOW is he trying it on his twitter.

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  9. TeeJay
    January 31, 2013

    The right question to ask Cox is “Did they change the LONGO’S to LUONGOS’ in the ACC yet?”

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  10. John in Terrace
    February 1, 2013

    I’m convinced this “goaltender controversy” stuff is more a creation of the media than something that exists in the Vancouver lockerroom. I imagine Schneider’s disappointed at not starting tonight, but he also knows he’s now an elite goaltender who figures strongly in the team’s longterm plans. Lui’s a past winner who’s showing his stuff yet again (how is this a surprise?). Why not talk about Zach Kassian’s great start or the struggles of the rest of the team to put the puck in the net? The Canucks have maybe the best goaltending tandem in the NHL, and that’s far from “a controversy”.

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  11. the real bob
    February 1, 2013

    Cox covers the leafs, that’s a zinger by itself.

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