Mondi wrote: vic wrote:
Mondi wrote:Whatever Tony G said in his piece, I agree with most of it.
Report to camp, strap on the pads, make some saves. Stop talking to the media. And, stop talking about "blacking out". $65 million reasons to relax and feel great about your life living in the 0.000001%.
Wasn't this the issue leading up to the TSN interview? All the stories were about how silent he's been.
Now that he finally speaks he's suppose to just shut up and play hockey?
WTF? If it is true that he wants out of Vancouver, it can't be the fans or the management, it has to point directly to Tony G and his media cronies....
Well, to clarify, my position is that I agree with most of what TG said in his piece. Not all. And I certainly don't agree with the sensationalist headlines that The Province editors continue to rely upon with respect to the Canucks.
The rest of the statement was my own. As for your statement that Luongo would only want out of Vancouver because of the media, I have to respectfully disagree. I argue that management is mostly to blame (along with other factors outside of the control of Vancouver) for the Luongo "situation".
As for don't speak to the media? I guess I could have said, don't bother with the three-part nationally broadcasted sit-down to discuss the on-going drama.
Sure he can speak his mind, but so can anyone. A guy making that kind of money, and who signed that kind of contract should be able to perform his end of the bargain. A contract is between two parties, and when agree to perform it...guess what? You should expect to perform it.
All I'm saying is that he's had two months+ to get ready to play hockey for 6 months and make about $6 million while he's at it. Not exactly "blackout" territory if you ask me.
I'm sick of this player dominating the news about our team. He's a piece of a much larger puzzle and he should start acting like it.
I don't think it's really fair to lay the blame at any one person's feet in this.
Management is to blame because they allowed Vigneault to throw Luongo to the lions, and then they were unable to get a deal in place that moved Luongo. In this perhaps Gillis overvalued Luongo, and that is his mistake. The new CBA, buyouts, and salary cap rollback were outside of management's control. If Toronto tampered and muddied the trade market, and by all rights it sounds like they did, that too is outside of the Canucks' control. Gillis couldn't exactly force a team to make a fair trade if that team wasn't interested.
If the rumors are true about Roberto's infidelity, then he takes a big chunk of the blame for the whole situation. If they are not, then he still shares in some of the blame for some of his comments to the media, and uptight public persona over the last several years. Last year was like a completely different guy for the most part, and I think if he'd been that guy all along then things would have been different for him. If most of this is about Luongo wanting to be back in Florida because his wife is there, then that is his issue to deal with.
Schneider developing and pushing for a starting role was a factor. Not Lou's fault (although he did help mentor him), and also not management's fault.
Vigneault definitely wears some of this. He went out of Vancouver in a pretty lousy way over the last couple of seasons and playoffs.
The media circus has not helped at all. When the writers and home networks are feeding the fire by trying to generate controversy, exacerbate the drama by playing news desk psychologist, and act like Madame Cleo by reading minds and telling the future, that can't be easy to cope with regardless of how much money you get paid.....and that goes for both sides in this, Luongo, and the Canucks.
The fact that Luongo has appeared to be somewhat enthusiastic about Tortorella being the coach, that suggests that maybe Vigneault was a bigger part of this mess than anyone has ever let on.....now look at me playing keyboard shrink.
My point is that this whole mess involves multiple parties and there is blame enough to go around with everyone.