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04-07-2013, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by BROOKLYnKNIGHTS View Post
Then Luongos comments make no sense at all. It's obvious he wants to start somewhere rather than back up. GM don't screw with players that way
Luongo wants to start somewhere but he realizes that he can't right now.

The guy is a competitor and a pro. He realizes that he lost the starting job to a guy that was playing better (really who hasn't Schneider played better than over the last three years - maybe only Lundqvist). If he was playing better than Schneider, he would be a starter. his contract isn't what lost him the starters job and I think as a pro, he realizes that and accepts it. I doubt Luongo blames Gillis for the fact that he's not a starter, it's his job to be better than the guy trying to take his job and he knows it.

Despite all the stuff that was reported about the press conference, the most important thing Luongo said was basically that he's going to go home and get re-focused and that was going to be a good teammate and do whatever he could to help the team and that he was going to dedicate himself 100% to the team.

Everyone knows he'd rather be a starter but he also knows that he and the team doesn't have any options until after the season so he might as well make the best of it. Everyone also knows that Vancouver is going to have to move Luongo this off-season, Gillis has basically stated as much and Luongo will likely press the team harder to get it done. The question is who will be interested but it seems pretty clear that a few teams were at least interested this trade deadline (with Vancouver holding out for more). The asking price will drop at the draft but is that really a big deal when the suggested return was so low anyways?

The press conference was Vancouver's way of clearing the air and making the Luongo situation a non-issue going forward. It seems the team is focused on the playoffs as the rest of the team's in the NHL should be.

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