Luongo Interview on TSN
"I don't have a crystal ball, so I don’t know what is going to happen, but wherever I am, I’m going to be 100 percent committed to that place. Right now, I’m in Vancouver and I’m 100 percent committed to that," Luongo told TSN in the first part of a two-part interview airing on the network Friday.
Luongo told TSN's James Duthie he had accepted that he would be divorcing Vancouver and was ready for a fresh start somewhere else.
"Only problem was she wanted me back," Luongo joked.
Luongo was shocked when team owner Francesco Aquilini told him Schneider had been traded on draft day, saying it was never one of the scenarios he envisioned.
"I thought it was a pretty big move to make without consulting me," Luongo said.
He also doesn't regret his emotional address to the media after the trade deadline, when he said, "My contract sucks."
"I don't regret it. I meant what I said. I kinda still feel that way," Luongo said in the TSN interview.
Luongo said it was an emotional day, swinging from thinking he had been traded 10 minutes before the deadline to finding out the deal fell through.
"Thinking you were traded for a second and then all of a sudden you are not, I think it just got to me for a second," Luongo recounted.
Luongo also admitted that he explored walking away from his 12-year, $64 million contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season.
"I explored every possibility and that [voiding the contract] was certainly one of them," Luongo told Duthie. "It definitely was something I was looking into and ready to do if the opportunity came up. I was ready to walk away from it and sign somewhere else for lesser term and lesser money."
The goaltender said he never turned down a trade during this ongoing drama, but did tell Canucks GM Mike Gillis early on that he would appreciate it if they could get a deal done with the Panthers or Lightning because of his family ties to Florida.
Luongo said he is still coming to grips with being the Canucks' No. 1 goaltender again, but he will honor his contract and wants to prove he is an elite goaltender in the NHL.