Canucks’ Roberto Luongo to Vancouver: ‘It’s time to move on’

There was no poker face from Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who laid all his cards on the table in an interview Friday and confirmed what everyone really already knew.

His days in Vancouver are done.

“I would never say never, you never know, but we all know what is going on and what has developed,” Luongo told CFOX radio. “At the end of the day I think it’s time to move on and I’m okay with that. I had a great six years in Vancouver, I think it’s a wonderful city, I really enjoyed my time there. “Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there which is probably my biggest regret, but it will be remembered for six good years.”

Luongo was interviewed by CFOX’s Jeff O’Neil morning show from Las Vegas, where he is competing, starting Saturday, in the World Series of Poker’s main event tourney.

Luongo’s $10,000 entry into the tournament is being covered by the B.C. Lottery Corp.’s website, which sponsors Luongo as well as O’Neil’s morning show.

Luongo said he does not yet have an inkling of where he will end up, but acknowledged Florida is one of his preferred destinations. Luongo resides in south Florida during the off-season and met his wife there while playing with the Panthers.

“It’s tough to say because (Vancouver GM) Mike Gillis is obviously in charge of the negotiations,” he said. “Florida is definitely one of the spots I’d be willing to go to. To be honest with you, I haven’t had much communication with Mike. He keeps me updated once in a while. I’m sure when something is close to happening, I’ll have to make a decision, but for right now to be honest with you I haven’t really made any decisions whatsoever.”

16 Responses to Canucks’ Roberto Luongo to Vancouver: ‘It’s time to move on’

  1. nordiques100 says:

    It’s time for him to go to Florida and all of us should move on.

    It will probably go down as this:

    Theodore, upshall and one of their good prospects for luongo.

    Someone like quintin howden maybe. They’ll probably want a draft pick too.

    Gillis for sure out of spite would only ask the max and only the max from the leafs.

  2. Shoelesshobo says:

    For Lu sake I hope he lands in Chicago. Only because I want to see him backstop Vancouver’s playoff rival to a cup. I really like Lu I blame Gillis for ruining his value with that stupid contract.

    That being said I would not give up the max to get him in TOR. I would take him but were talking a low figure Like Cap dump + medium prospect.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    I read a rumor it was Komisarek, Kulemin and a 1st in 2013 for Luongo.

    or, Komisarek, a 1st and Lupul for Luongo and Raymond.

    I’d officially cheer for the Hurricanes if that happened.

    For Florida, varying names of Gudbranson, Versteeg, Upshall, Theodore and others were mentioned.

    • mojo19 says:

      Gillis is insane if he thinks he’s getting that. Neither Burke or Tallon would move valuable assets for Luongo.

      • Steven_Leafs0 says:

        agreed the best he can hope for is a one season cap dump like Connolly or Lombardi, a mid-level prospect like D’Amigo or Mikus and a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

        That being said Gillis should still try to get those big named players, there is no hurry to move Luongo right now. If by mid-August no one bites at all then I would offer a team like the Leafs:



        2013 2nd
        2014 2nd

        obviously the prospects are pretty much interchangeable but I would demand Connolly back (they need a replacement for Kesler for now) and the 2013 2nd as well.

        • mojo19 says:

          Two 2nd’s?? Come on man…

          I would offer this:

          To Leafs: Luongo, Van 1st 2013, Van 1st 2014
          To Van: Komisarek, Lombardi, Connolly

          If Gillis doesn’t like that he can just put Lu on the bench.

          • Shoelesshobo says:

            Alright I am going to take both of your ideas and combine them because I see them both is two extremes.




            Connolly or Lombardi
            2013 2nd

            • Steven_Leafs0 says:

              actually that is a respectable offer considering Luongo’s contract. I don’t think Gillis does it for that cheap but maybe he will be given no choice.

              I know Leafs fans see my offer has too high but considering they are pieces we will never miss I think we should offer it before a team like Florida (who has 23M in cap space and shouldn’t care about Luongo’s contract) offers up a solid young player and a 1st.

  4. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I agree with you. I’m trying to understand why Gillis isn’t taking major heat in the media. He was basically a nobody, (from a managerial perspective) who walked into a choice situation and …well…made it worse. For all the knocks on Burke….Gillis is the league goat in my eyes. But he’s so far away nobody sees it!

  5. ZillyHoo says:

    Anyone think Luongo could go too the Flyers? for Bryz… Maybe? No? I guess i’m kidding myself. I just think they need help in goal…

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya maybe. Bryz is another guy I’m not really interested in. 8 more years at $5.6 million is too high for this guy. He’s really hot and cold. I would pay him $4.5 a year for the next four years maybe, because when he’s on he’s a good goalie.

  6. toronto77 says:

    I said it many times before and I’ll say it again.

    Luongo would be an idiot for going to Florida. He will be surpassed by Markstrom in the not too distant future, and have the EXACT same problem in Florida that he is having right now in Vancouver. Toronto really is his best option.

    Not that I’m promoting a Luongo to Toronto trade, cuz I don’t even like Luongo….but it’s a way better option for him to go to Toronto rather than Florida.

    Markstrom is basically my one and only reason for Luongo not to go to Florida.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      There is always a risk of a young goalie coming up and taking his spot. In Toronto you can argue Scrivins is not that much further behind Markstrom in development, and that isn’t even considering Reimer who could take over.

      Also there is no guarantee that Markstrom will be good enough to be a NHL starter (I think he will be and very soon too but the point is valid).

      Even ignoring his family connection in Florida I think the Panthers are a decent fit, possibly even more so than Toronto (arguably at least).

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