Earlier this morning, Roberto Luongo, the best goalie the Vancouver Canucks have ever had, confirmed to CFOX, 99.3 that his time in Vancouver is done.
The Jeff O’Neil show caught up with Roberto this morning in Las Vegas where he is currently competing in the World Series of Poker. Roberto was asked numerous questions; all were answered quite candidly.
He was calm, the answers weren’t typical manufactured answers to the typical hockey questions, they were on the spot and they were honest. CFOX and Roberto touched on numerous topics, ranging from his love for poker, if he peed in the shower and if he was the brains behind the twitter account of @strombone1.
When they finally started to talk hockey, Roberto was asked if he about a supposed list. He (Luongo) didn’t say specifically if there was one, but rather that “Mike (Gillis) threw it out there at our end of the season meeting, but we never really talked about it any further.”
When asked light-heartedly about going to a city like Columbus, Luongo replied “He would rather not talk specifics right now”.
He joked about playing in Chicago and how he always “loved playing in Chicago” but in a Canucks uniform.
Q & A with Lu
The big question was about his future with the team and if there were any chance he would be back next season, wearing the green and blue.
I’ve had a great six years in Vancouver and I think it’s a wonderful city. (Photo – Jeff Vinnick/NHL via Getty Images)
His answer was as honest as it gets: “Never say never, but I think we all know what’s going on, we’ve all seen what’s developed. At the end of the day I think it’s time to move on, and I’m ok with that.
I’ve had a great six years in Vancouver and I think it’s a wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there.
Sadly I could never win a cup there, which is probably my greatest regret, but it was a great six years.”
Straight from the horses mouth, what we all knew was going to happen has been confirmed.
Roberto Luongo has played his very last game for the Vancouver Canucks. It might not come as a total shock, but at the same time, I sort of feel like I was punched in the stomach.
He’s the best goalie this city has ever had; he took the team to places they haven’t been in nearly 20 years. And yet I wonder what his legacy will be.
Will he be remembered for the goalie who won 47 games his first year in Vancouver? Taking the team to the within one win of the Stanley Cup?
Or he will he be forever remember for his foot in mouth remarks after game 5 of the finals?
His performance in game six against Boston?
Or the way people, no matter what the cause would jump all over him when the team played bad?
I know how I’ll remember Roberto Luongo.
He’s the best we’ve ever had in a Canucks sweater.
Regardless of who takes over, that’ll be damn hard to replace.
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