Shortly after John Tortorella gave assurances that Roberto Luongo just wanted to play and had a good mindset for training camp with the Canucks, the long-awaited word from Luongo has come down. The drama can end for now.
Luongo, who had remained silent since Cory Schneider was surprisingly traded at the draft early this summer, spoke with James Duthie of TSN about the whole situation, the first time he's spoken. Some suggested that Luongo was so unhappy that he might not show up to camp in Vancouver for this season. Don't worry, Canucks fans, he'll be there, and will be extremely motivated to boot.
So for now the drama is done but Luongo told Duthie he still isn't sure about his future in Vancouver. The present, though, is that he will remain a Canuck. It just didn't always look that way.
"I had moved on from Vancouver and was ready to start fresh somewhere else, like a divorce, except she wanted me back," Luongo said in a pretty solid analogy. She wanted him back and she got him.
What is really interesting is something else Luongo told Duthie. Remember when he lamented at the postseason press conference that his contract sucks? It was more than just lip service to the media.
Luongo also reveals that in May he had serious talks with the NHLPA about the possibility of voiding his deal and walking away from 40m.— James Duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) August 23, 2013
That's how tough the situation was over the past year. Luongo asked out of town and couldn't get his wish because of that contract. He played the good goalie while he had pretty much already checked out from Vancouver, anticipating a trade. When GM Mike Gillis was open about trying to trade Luongo, what else was he to expect?
So when Schneider was traded, it's understandable that it was a shock to Luongo's system and he had some rethinking to do. Now he is back to being the No. 1 guy in Vancouver with Eddie Lack as his backup. For Luongo it ends up being back to old times but not after a long ordeal that almost went a few shocking ways.