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06-26-2012, 10:12 PM
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So it seems Joffrey Lupul is in an interesting situation

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So it seems Joffrey Lupul is in an interesting situation
You mean the future ASG-lock, perennial ppg top line winger Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul?


Seriously though, what kind of situation? He'd be a pretty good addition, IMO. 20+goal scorer, not super soft, not a trainwreck defensively, he'd look pretty good with EStaal I think.

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You mean the future ASG-lock, perennial ppg top line winger Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul?


Seriously though, what kind of situation? He'd be a pretty good addition, IMO. 20+goal scorer, not super soft, not a trainwreck defensively, he'd look pretty good with EStaal I think.
He seems to have been caught asking some girl on twitter for pictures, if you know what I mean. The girl took a screenshot of it and posted it on twitter

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So it seems Joffrey Lupul is in an interesting situation
Not sure if it's real but he might wanna be a little more cautious in the future if it is. Something like that could blow up in your face quickly!

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He seems to have been caught asking some girl on twitter for pictures, if you know what I mean. The girl took a screenshot of it and posted it on twitter
That's boring! I was hoping he'd be on the outs in Toronto since he doesn't speak French or something

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A Toronto guy caught up in a picture scandal? Sure sounds like a future linemate of Eric's. Do the Canes need to get Paradis back to trade for him though?

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That's boring! I was hoping he'd be on the outs in Toronto since he doesn't speak French or something
His last name is surprisingly similar to "Lupus", maybe he's on the out cause he's a "cancer".

That sounded better in my head btw

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Thank you very much. Everybody is on pins and needles across the country, particularly those teams who are in the running for Roberto Luongo.

Are you ready to go Roberto? Where is the hair gel?


Left it at home.

What's new? What's been going on with you this summer?

Man, this whole waiving my NTC experience, looking forward to it.

What have you thought about this process?

This process has been everything I've thought and more. And that's what I did a few years ago; I put myself in a position to have this process where I can hear teams' pitches and figure out what was the best possible chance for me to ultimately win and to ultimately be happy.

You weren't able to be recruited because you went straight from the Islanders to the Canucks via Florida. Have you enjoyed this recruiting process now?

I have enjoyed it. And I want to thank all the teams that I had an opportunity to ask to be traded to. And my team, they heard what we had to say also.

It's been an unbelievable experience, a real humbling experience to be even to be in this position.

What did you expect? Because we've seen Olympic Golds. We've seen you as the King of Vancouver. We've seen you allow 15 goals in three games in the Finals. Your wife, for crying out loud, seven times has commented that she'd like to see you go to the Panthers or Lightning. What did you expect from this process?

Well, certain things like that is one thing you can't control. But I expected to be able to go through this process and be able to sit down with my team and sit across from other teams and hear how they feel with me being a part of their team, could help them win and could ultimately help others win.

And the process was everything I expected and more. And like I said before, I just thank all those teams that have called Mike (Gillis) about my availability and I hope that everything works out with those interviews and have that process. It was everything that I've ever expected and more.

How many people know your decision right now?

Not many. It's a very, very small number. And I probably could count them on my fingers.

One hand or two hands?

Let's say one.

When did you decide?

I think I decided this morning. I mean, I decided this morning I went day to day. I wake up one morning, it's this team. I wake up another morning, it's this team. And it's a process that I felt it was I may feel like this is the best opportunity for me or not the best opportunity for me.

But this morning I woke up, had a great conversation with my wife. Once I had that conversation with her, I think I was set.

So the last time you changed your mind was yesterday?

The last time I changed my mind was probably in my dreams. And when I woke up this morning I knew it was the right decision.

So does the team that you're willing to waive for, that you'll announce in a few minutes, do they know your decision?

They just found out.

They just found out?

Yeah.

So the other teams, on pins and needles, they don't know; they'll be listening to this?

Right.

Who in this process, Roberto, have you taken advice from and who has had the biggest influence?

I've taken a lot of advice from my friends and family. My agent, has been great. A lot of people that I look towards in a time of need or for advice, and ultimately they looked at me and said you ultimately have to live with your decision that you're going to make, and you have to do what's best for you, for your family and for you to ultimately be happy.

What was the major factor, the major reason in your decision?

I think the major factor and the major reason in my decision was the best opportunity for me to win and to win now and to win into the future also.

And winning is a huge thing for me. Jim, you know ever since I was a rookie or even in high school, we always talked, that was the number one thing for me: Help my teammates get better and just wanting to win. And I've done some great things since I first broke in with the Islanders in 1999/2000, and I want to continue to do that.

How deep of an evaluation do you have to do to go through that to figure out tomorrow, next year and beyond, that equation, that winning?

One thing that you can't control is you never know. You never know. You want to put yourself in the position where you feel that it's the best opportunity. But saying I can win a championship next year or saying I can win it a year after, those are things that you don't know until you go out there and actually play the game.

But you have to put yourself in the right position to be able to compete and also accomplish the goals that you set out for.

Do you have any doubts about your decision?

No. I don't have any doubts at all.

Would you like to sleep on it a little longer, or are you ready to make this decision?

I've slept enough. Or the lack of sleep.

Are you still a nail biter?

I have a little bit. Not of late.

You've had everybody else biting their nails. So I guess it's time for them to stop chewing. The answer to the question everybody wants to know: Roberto, what's your decision?

In this fall, this is very tough, in this fall I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers? That was the conclusion you woke up with this morning?

That was the conclusion I woke up with this morning.

Why?

Like I said before, I feel like it's going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win for multiple years, and not only just to win in the regular season or just to win five games in a row or three games in a row, I want to be able to win championships. And I feel like I can compete down there.

Was it always in your plan to go and play with Stephen Weiss and Brian Campbell?

Well, I mean, I'm looking forward to it. To say it was always in my plans, I can't say it was always in my plans because I never thought it was possible.

But the things that the Florida Panthers franchise have done to be able to free up cap space and to be able to put themselves in a position this summer to have all three of us, it was hard to turn down. Those are two great players, two of the greatest players we have in this game today.

And, you know, you add me, we're going to be a really good team.

The three of you will share now the spotlight and the limelight. And in many ways you're going to Stephen Weiss's team. He's been in Florida. He's made the playoffs. How do you think you'll be able to fit in and possibly not be the headliner all the time?

For me it's not about sharing. You know, it's about everybody having their own spotlight and then just doing what's best for the team.

You know, at this point Brian Campbell, he's the unselfish guy here. To be able to have Michael Matheson and then Roberto Luongo, to welcome us to his team, it's not about an individual here. Because if that was the case, Brian Campbell wouldn't have asked us to join him, or we wouldn't have asked him if it was okay to come down there. It's not about individuals. It's about a team, and that's what this game is about.

How do you explain this to the people in Vancouver?

I mean, it's heartfelt for me. You know, it's hard to explain, but at the same time my heart, in the six years I gave to that franchise, to that city, it was everything.

I mean, those 20,000 plus fans that came out every night we played, and they seen me grow from an 27 year old kid to a 33 year old man. And I never wanted to leave Vancouver. And my heart will always be around that area. But I also felt like this is the greatest challenge for me is to move on.

What was the major reason for leaving the Canucks?

I don't even see it it's not like leaving Vancouver is the whole logistic of it; it's about joining forces with the other two guys that I feel like I respect their game the most. And I feel like we have a great chance of winning and winning for multiple years.

Like I said before, this is a very emotional time for me. I know it's emotional for the fans and also for the area. And if it was a perfect world, I would have loved to stay, because I've done so many great things for that team, they've done so many great things for me. But I feel like it's time to change.

What do you think will be the fans' reaction back there, and will you still live in Vancouver?

I'm not sure. You know, they can have mixed emotions, of course, but it's going to be a lot of emotions not understanding why. And then you're going to have the real friends who love me for who I am. For me living in Vancouver, BC, and loving Vancouver, BC, it's always home for me. I'm still going to live there, always be home. And Vancouver, BC is always home for me and that area.

Kevin Dineen is the coach. Brian Campbell, Stephen Weiss said he will be the coach. Have you been told he will be your coach, or has Dale Tallon, in your meetings, indicated he might make a change behind the bench?

No. Kevin Dineen will be the coach. And Dale said that. And Kevin is a great young coach. He has a great mentor in Dale.

If you need something to bounce off of, he has a great person to go through, because Dale has been through everything, been through the highest level to the lowest level. He knows everything about it. But I respect Kevin and I respect the coaching staff. I respect Coach Dineen and everything he's going to do to try to put us in the right position to win it all.

Ever want to go through this again?

This is tough. This is very tough, because you feel like you've let a lot of people down. You've raised a lot of people's expectations also. But it was a tough decision, because I know how loyal I am.

And one thing my wife told me when I was going through this process and what ultimately helped me make my decision is you have to do what's best for you and what's going to make you happy at the end of the day, because no one can live with the consequences or anything that comes with your decision besides you.

And once I heard that from my wife, the person that I always look to for guidance, it was easy.

You told me she had a major influence when you called her this morning. You didn't believe the reaction she had would be the one that you got. Could you share with us what she said to you this morning?

Absolutely. Like I said, when I called my wife I thought I would hear a different reaction. When she her reaction was it was a great move, because she felt it was going to ultimately make me happy. It wasn't about being in Miami. It wasn't about playing alongside Stephen, playing alongside Brian, who she believes are two great NHL players, because she loves the game. But she felt it was going to make me happy.

When I heard that from my wife, it was like it was the relief that I was looking for throughout this whole process.

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Florida Panthers eh?

Better bring sun tan lotion.

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I wonder if the Panthers will play hardball or bend over like Rutherford.

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Even though this thread was predictable being opening it, I still lol'ed. Well done OP.

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He should just retire if not a Devil. That just won't be right.

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He should just retire if not a Devil. That just won't be right.
Brett Favre should have just retired a Packer. And Peyton should have just retired a Colt, and Emmit Smith should have just retired a Cowboy, and Michael Jordan should have just retired a Bull, etc...

I agree with you though, but this kind of stuff happens more often than we like to remember.

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In all seriousness I would all week if we somehow convinced him to be Ward's backup

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Brett Favre should have just retired a Packer. And Peyton should have just retired a Colt, and Emmit Smith should have just retired a Cowboy, and Michael Jordan should have just retired a Bull, etc...

I agree with you though, but this kind of stuff happens more often than we like to remember.
But with Brodeur it just makes no sense. Not only did he just take his team to the Finals, and played really well in the process, but the Devils basically have no replacement at this point. Frazee didn't pan out. Wedgewood isn't close to ready. Unless they're gonna trade for Bernier, they've got basically no option to get the same level of goaltending that they received from Brodeur last year. I can't imagine Marty WANTS to go play for someone else, I don't know why he WOULDN'T want to retire a Devil, which makes me think it's the Devils that don't want him back, which, again, doesn't make too much sense.

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But with Brodeur it just makes no sense. Not only did he just take his team to the Finals, and played really well in the process, but the Devils basically have no replacement at this point. Frazee didn't pan out. Wedgewood isn't close to ready. Unless they're gonna trade for Bernier, they've got basically no option to get the same level of goaltending that they received from Brodeur last year. I can't imagine Marty WANTS to go play for someone else, I don't know why he WOULDN'T want to retire a Devil, which makes me think it's the Devils that don't want him back, which, again, doesn't make too much sense.
Ownership troubles?

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Or he is concerned that Parise is leaving and just wants to keep his options open. Testing out free agency doesn't mean he is going to sign elsewhere.

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My guess is that the Devils are coming up short in the contract negotiations, and he's going on the power play. The Devils are probably eyeing the future, anxious to have an aging goaltender under contract, and Brodeur is not above showing them that such a worry is the least of their concerns.

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The New Jersey fan reaction to the news is interesting to watch. A third are in denial, another third are responding with anger toward Dreger (shoot the messenger), and the last third are about to jump off a cliff.

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Word on street is #FlaPanthers are internally getting ready for the return of Roberto Luongo

Richards writes for the Herald. Sounds like it's a matter of time at this point. Wonder what's going back? Either way, I think this makes Florida significantly better.

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Richards writes for the Herald. Sounds like it's a matter of time at this point. Wonder what's going back? Either way, I think this makes Florida significantly better.
Not sure if it will make them better. Most likely it will, as long as they don't give up a fortune.

I wonder if that would make Theodore expendable in Florida. It would be interesting to see if we would try to get him.

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Yeah, at least on paper, the SE has gotten better.

Tampa and Florida got their goaltender, Washington and Carolina got depth at center, and Winnipeg has...a small arena?

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Not sure if it will make them better. Most likely it will, as long as they don't give up a fortune.

I wonder if that would make Jacob Markstrom expendable in Florida. It would be interesting to see if we would try to get him.
I'm sure the Panthers still like Markstrom a lot, but isn't Luongo signed until after the world ends? Maybe Markstrom is headed to Vancouver in the trade? If not, we're a great fit for him.

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