Roberto Luongo returned to the city he thought he'd left for good Friday pulling on a Vancouver Canucks practice sweater for the first time since the team shocked everyone -- especially Luongo -- by instead trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL Draft.
Almost two months later Luongo said it still seemed strange to come back.
"It was a bit odd flying here" Luongo said after an informal hour-long skate with more than a dozen teammates. "But now that I am here I am just focused on getting training camp started and making sure I am where I want to be physically."
As for where he is mentally Luongo insisted it's a good place.
"I have been focused on getting ready for training camp the last month or so trying to eliminate every distraction possible" he said. "And at this point in time that's all I really want to be focused on just playing the game and making sure I get back to where I was two years ago and re-establish myself as one of the best in the League."