Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Despite a strained relationship with the Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo said he will report to training camp motivated to regain his status as one of the league’s top goalies.
“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,” Luongo said.
Luongo was expecting Vancouver to trade him in the offseason but the Canucks instead sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils during the 2013 NHL Draft.
During an interview with TSN, Luongo admitted that he “he might have cried” when he didn’t get dealt at the trade deadline and “blacked out” when told Schneider was being traded instead.
The netminder also seriously considered 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. “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.”
When asked if he still wanted to be traded, Luongo replied: “I don’t have a crystal ball”.
Luongo started 18 of 20 games for the Canucks last season, amassing a 9-6 record with two shutouts and 500 saves. He played three games in the playoffs, two as starter.