PITB chats with Roberto Luongo about Twitter silence and Eddie’s readiness

Daniel Wagner files from his vacation in Phoenix, planned before Roberto Luongo was traded to Florida and wound in Arizona on the same night. Like any good blogger worth his salt, Daniel headed down to the room and asked the big question: “Dude. why haven’t you tweeted in two weeks?”  

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Roberto Luongo hasn’t tweeted since the Canucks’ disastrous 6-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on March 6th, when he sent out a few mildly snarky missives sympathizing with Lack’s plight.

“There was a little mishap there,” said Luongo, “a little confusion on what I was tweeting. I think some people took it the wrong way.”

The main someone was Don Cherry, who lambasted Luongo on Coach’s Corner the following Saturday, telling him to “keep his mouth shut.” Is anyone surprised that Cherry badly misinterpreted Luongo’s tweets?

“There was no maliciousness behind those [tweets],” said Luongo. “It was mostly making fun of myself and I felt bad for Eddie that game. It was nothing about him or his play, I mostly felt bad for him the way the guys were playing in front of him.”

Somebody in an uncharitable mood could try to get upset at Luongo for criticizing his former teammates, but there’s no denying how awful the team was in front of Lack in that game. In many ways, Luongo’s tweets were one of the few highlights from the perspective of a Canucks’ fan during that game.

But, because those that didn’t like the tweets seemed to speak loudest, Luongo’s gone silent for the time-being on Twitter. “I think for now I’m just going to take a little bit of a break and focus on playing hockey,” he said. “Then once the season is over maybe I’ll get back into it.”

It would be a shame if he didn’t and he clarified when asked that the Panthers organization did not ask him to stop tweeting, saying, “it’s on my own terms.” If anything, I would see his Twitter account as a boon to a team that could use an engaging personality on social media to potentially bring in more fans.

The trade left some large skates to fill in Vancouver, but Luongo is confident in Lack’s ability to step in.

“Definitely,” he said when asked if Lack was ready. “Of course, he’s a rookie. But he’s definitely got the talent to be a number one. He was kind of thrown into the fire a little bit as a rookie to be a starter, especially in a market like that, but he’s strong enough mentally that he can handle that kind of stuff.”

A market like that? Whatever could he mean? Vancouver has never been tough on their goaltenders. Ever.

Luongo thinks Lack can handle the pressure, however and is also confident that Lack can step into his role as the team’s top tweeter. “He’s pretty good at it,” he laughed, “He can hold his own.”

Lately, Lack has used his Twitter account to show his mental fortitude, handling the booing and hate tweets he received during the Heritage Classic by sending out an amusingly passive aggressive tweet of his own and favouriting a small selection of his preferred haters. A week ago, he replied to another hater with a cheery “hope this made u [sic] feel better” before tearing him a new one when he didn’t know well enough to back down.

Lack seems to have the right mental makeup to take things in stride.

As for Luongo, he’s happy to look ahead. “Now that it’s been a few weeks, I think I’ve been able to move on and really focus on being here [with the Panthers], so it’s nice,” he said, adding at the end, “I want to thank the fans again for eight years. It was a great ride and I look forward to playing there again in the future.”

I can hear the chorus of “Luuuuuuu” already.

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19 comments

  1. Shade of Blue
    March 21, 2014

    Don Cherry descended into self-parody at least 2 (and possibly 3) decades ago. I hope Lou decides to ignore him and keep tweeting.

    While we are talking about Lou, how about a shout out for his amazing performance the other night in San Jose? He made 52 saves, including 28 in the third to help the lowly Panthers stop the Sharks’ latest winning streak. Looks like Lou is right back to his old ways in Florida, seemingly playing better the more shots he faces. I suspect that the complete lack of pressure helps, too.

    I wish him all the best in Florida, on ice and on twitter.

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  2. Spencer
    March 21, 2014

    For some reason Lu being traded didn’t really “process” until I read this. Then I watched this (http://youtu.be/bJv8BAUh9Sg) and now I’m sad.

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  3. Noodle
    March 21, 2014

    “I want to thank the fans again for eight years. It was a great ride and I look forward to playing there again in the future.”

    Must be some dust in my eye…
    * sniff *

    Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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    • steveB
      March 21, 2014

      Allergy season, snif… sniffle… Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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  4. Kenji
    March 21, 2014

    That was sweet, thank for grabbing that interview.

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  5. Noodle
    March 21, 2014

    I tried to post a comment on this article a while ago and it disappeared (but might pop up later, who knows) so I’ll just say:

    I miss you Lu. Best of luck to you in Florida.

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  6. iain
    March 21, 2014

    Lou needs to get back on the Twitter horse asap! I’d rather read his tweets than listen to Don Cherry (or the rest of the HNIC crew, for that matter).

    c’mon strombone1, we need you back!

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  7. lenny
    March 21, 2014

    So it its his twitter account!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 21, 2014

      Welcome, Lenny. A lot’s changed since you got frozen.

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  8. Jake
    March 21, 2014

    Thanking the fans, after all the crap the bandwagoners (and management) put him through?

    What can I even say? That man is the king. We didn’t deserve to have him as long as we got to.

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  9. Cam Charron
    March 21, 2014

    Who just stops tweeting?

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  10. e. blacha
    March 21, 2014

    What a class act this guy is, I still wish he was a Vancouver Canuck but I’d rather watch greatness from afar rather than not at all. Good luck Luongo and hopefully we can trade again.

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  11. james
    March 21, 2014

    When a company has to pay $800,000.00 a year to get rid of a player (just to send him where he wanted to be) That player should be elated and praise them, and i wouldnt be feeling very good if i was a pain in a teams side so bad they had to pay part of my contract for a team to consider taking me on as a member., They gave up having another payer they could pay $800 g,s a year just to have lou play where he was to be most happy. so if one team pays off another to let you play that is Not much to be proud of.

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    • madwag
      March 22, 2014

      get a grip!

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  12. DanD
    March 21, 2014

    I would hope not many people take Cherry’s thoughts on Twitter seriously. Especially when he seems to use it like it’s more of a newspaper editorial page. Most of his missives require at least 3 or 4 separate tweets. Very frustrating to read.

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  13. shoes
    March 21, 2014

    Some of the Vancouver media and some of the Vancouver fans were the first to get on Luongo and it spread to AV and eventually forced the trade idea onto Gillis. Then came the Luongo rule in the CBA, which rescinded the previous “OK” by the league to the deal. Add that to the fact that Lou only wanted to go to one or two teams and it became a worse mess. The low-life Torterella had no business declaring Lack the starter for the Classic game and for that diss of Luongo I will hate Torterella forever. Glad to see Lou doing good and Cherry should learn to keep his mouth shut. I am sick of his goofy costumes and pretentious bigotry.

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  14. skyo
    March 21, 2014

    Must be nice for Luongo to escape the drama queens aka the Vancouver media and fans.

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  15. cathylu
    March 22, 2014

    Last night I was watching the “NHL Revealed” episode where they followed Lu down to Florida right after he was traded. It made me sad especially when you hear the fans Luuuu-ing in the Panther arena. But I do hope he’s happier now; he deserves that.

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  16. Andre
    March 22, 2014

    Just because s/he left you doesn’t mean you love him/her any less…

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