What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Roberto Luongo says it’s ‘time to move on’ from Vancouver, talks Blackhawks and Panthers as destinations

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

lulul

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will be competing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas next week, thanks to a $10,000 entry fee paid for by the B.C. Lottery Corp.

But on Friday, in an entertaining and candid interview with "The Jeff O'Neil Show" on 993 The Fox in Vancouver (listen here), he showed his cards on his future in Vancouver and the NHL.

Here's a partial transcript on the major points, including whether he'd play for either the Chicago Blackhawks or Florida Panthers:

If there is any "chance in hell" he'll be in a Canucks jersey this fall?

"I would never say never. You never know. 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 had a great six years in Vancouver. It's a really wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there. Probably my biggest regret. But it'll be remembered for six great years."

Did anyone call Luongo before the Canucks signed Cory Schneider to a three-year deal?

"Nobody called me, but I think that was to be expected. We've all seen what he's done in Vancouver the last couple of years. He's a tremendous talent. The main thing that I like about him is that he's a got a great head on his shoulders. He's a player that's going to be able to handle the job and handle the market with that pressure. He's going to be a star in this league, there's no question about that, and he's going to probably win a few Vezinas. "

On whether he's limited his trade destinations with GM Mike Gillis via his no-trade clause:

"We never really had that discussion. Mike kinda threw it out there when we had our meeting at the end of the year and we never really discussed teams. Now he's trying to do his thing."

Could he come back and say he wants to stay in Vancouver?

"It's within my rights, but I think it's really time to move on. I don't think either one of us … either I demanded a trade or Mike suggested a trade. It was a mutual understanding that it was time for Cory to take over."

On whether he'd go to Columbus or Chicago:

[Laughs] "I'd rather not talk specific right now. I mean, there's a lot of stuff going on … I've always said I like playing in Chicago."

No, seriously, would he play for Blackhawks?

"That's a good question. I think there's a lot of cities that are great to play in, and Chicago's definitely one of them. But you have to realize that it works both ways. There's not only me involved in this decisions. It's also a question if the Blackhawks would be interested, if the team would be interested in trading me there and if I wanted to go there."

Could he deal with 'Chelsea Dagger' in Chicago?

"I like that song. It's catchy. I heard it seven times in one game."

Does he see himself in a Florida jersey?

"It's tough to say. Mike Gillis is obviously in charge of the negotiations and making a trade. Florida is definitely one of the spots I'd be willing to go to."

On playing in a city like Vancouver vs. playing in a place like Sunrise, Fla.

"I think playing in a hockey market is great. My preference for sure. Sometimes, playing in a place like Florida, the anonymity is nice. To go somewhere, maybe have a dinner with your family and able to relax and stuff. When you're on the ice, you want to be playing in a building that's rocking. That's sold out. The fans are passionate about their team. That's what you want as a hockey player."

About his Twitter feed:

"That's a great question. You know, I've heard a lot about this Strombone1, the last little while. I think he's really funny. I don't particularly tweet that much."

Does he pee in the shower?

"That is a great question. I've had that issue with a lot of the boys in the locker room this year. I'm not a big fan of peeing in the shower, because it splashes around. And why would I pee in my own shower?"

View Comments (126)
  • Japan's Murofushi makes one last throw for Rio

    Japan's Murofushi makes one last throw for Rio

    Olympic hammer throw gold medallist Koji Murofushi will return after a two-year absence from competition to bid for a place at the Rio de Janeiro Games at the age of 41. Murofushi, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games and bronze at London four … More »

    Reuters - 3 minutes 31 seconds ago
  • Perez, surging Royals take down Twins 7-4

    Perez, surging Royals take down Twins 7-4

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and two RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals picked up where their bats left off the night before while beating the tumbling Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Tuesday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Tomlin wins again as Indians beat Sale, White Sox 6-2

    Tomlin wins again as Indians beat Sale, White Sox 6-2

    Josh Tomlin beat Chris Sale in a one-sided matchup of unbeaten pitchers and Francisco Lindor had three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Tomlin pitched eight innings of two-run ball to … More »

    AP - Sports - 26 minutes ago
  • Price, Bradley lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Rockies

    Price, Bradley lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Rockies

    Jackie Bradley Jr. is halfway to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, and David Ortiz sees no reason why the Red Sox outfielder should stop there. Asked how many more games he thinks Bradley can keep it going, Ortiz said ''70,'' before adding an … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Hungary have the chance to update their own history

    Hungary have the chance to update their own history

    By Zoltan Fazekas BUDAPEST (Reuters) - History always hangs heavy on the Hungarian national team, whose decades of under-achievement are contrasted with the sepia glory of the 1950s when glittering talents such as Ferenc Puskas and Jeno Buzanszky … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago