Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/24/13
Roberto Luongo is reporting to Vancouver Canucks training camp motivated to re-establish himself "as one of the top goalies in the League." He is also returning to one of the NHL's biggest soap operas. In his first interview since the Canucks shocked the hockey world – and both their goalies – seven weeks earlier by trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft Luongo ensured the drama would continue by sounding uncertain about his future with a team he expected to trade him for more than a year. He told TSN's James Duthie during the two-part interview "he might have cried" when he didn't get dealt at the trade deadline "blacked out" when told Schneider was being traded instead and seriously investigated having the final nine seasons and $40.57-million of his 12-year $64-million contract voided. "I explored every possibility and that was definitely one of them" Luongo said in part one of the interview shown Friday night on TSN's SportsCentre. "At that point there's different logistics into something like that and it's very complicated but definitely it was something that I was looking at and ready to do if the opportunity came up." Asked later if he still wanted to be traded Luongo didn't really answer. "I don't have a crystal ball" he replied. "I don't know what's going to happen down the road but wherever I am I'm going to be 100 percent committed to that place. So right now I'm in Vancouver and I'm 100 percent committed to that." It's a question that will continue to come up. Luongo ensured that with his candor refusing to play along with the rosier picture painted by general manager Mike Gillis. That version retold most recently at a season ticket holder's meeting in late July includes the insistence that keeping Luongo was always a possibility. If so it was news to the goaltender himself who indicated to NHL.com after this past season ended that proverbial ship had sailed. Given the emotions and history involved Luongo wondered why no one from the organization bothered to check with him before dispatching owner Francesco Aquilini to his Florida house three picks into the draft – just six before the Schneider trade was announced.
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