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?”
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.”
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.Tags: PITB Chats, Roberto Luongo