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07:26 AM ET 07.25 | Roberto Luongo has criticized his own contract, and now he may be doing something about his predicament by changing agents. [This] has to be seen as a shot across the bow of the Vancouver Canucks. Why else would a guy with nine years left on a contract fire his agent? This tells me Luongo is not coming to camp quietly (and probably doesn't want to come at all). This tells me Gilles Lupien told Luongo that he couldn't help find him a trade out of Vancouver so Luongo told him he was fired. This tells me Luongo has now entrusted CAA Sports (JP Barry and Pat Brisson) to find him the trade Lupien couldn't. ... So what's in it for CAA? Certainly they aren't taking on Luongo for nothing. Perhaps their fee is contingent on facilitating a trade for Luongo.

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July 25, 2013  08:50 AM ET

But wait....weren't told yesterday that Luongoal is their #1 goalie and that all was lovely in Canuck-ville?

July 25, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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But wait....weren't told yesterday that Luongoal is their #1 goalie and that all was lovely in Canuck-ville?

I wonder what happened to that buried hatchet?

July 25, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder what happened to that buried hatchet?

Exsanguination?

July 25, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder what happened to that buried hatchet?

"no one ever forgets where he buried the hatchet" Kin Hubbard

July 25, 2013  09:17 AM ET

As i suspected when we didnt hear from Lou Lou.

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July 25, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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"no one ever forgets where he buried the hatchet" Kin Hubbard

"The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor doggie had none."

Old Mother Hubbard

July 25, 2013  09:35 AM ET

The guy has nine years left on a gadzillion dollar contract nobody will pick up because he's not steady enough. You'd think he'd be giggling all the way to the bank and hugging his agent for the best deal in hockey!!

July 25, 2013  09:35 AM ET

or it could be that he wants to rehab his image and work on endorsement deals. I don't know much about Lupien, but I do know that Brisson's agency is much better placed to deal with that side of the business.

July 25, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

"The cupboard was bare, And so the poor doggie had none."Old Mother Hubbard

"we came here on a spaceship" L. Ron hubbard

July 25, 2013  09:41 AM ET

I thought the hatchet was buried? Apparently in the back?

July 25, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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The guy has nine years left on a gadzillion dollar contract nobody will pick up because he's not steady enough. You'd think he'd be giggling all the way to the bank and hugging his agent for the best deal in hockey!!

I dunno, but from an interview I heard by Lou's brother (a goalie that plays in europe), Lou was really unhappy with the franchise for their handling of the issue over two seasons. I'm far from a Luongoal fan, but I have to say that I do agree with him. He's not a top tier NHL goalie anymore, but he's not as bad as most of us like to pretend he is. The Canucks handled the situation extremely poorly and put him in an awkward position for the better part of 2 years. After a while the situation was just unbearable, and given the b.s. tactics of the franchise, I can't blame Luongo for turning off the filter.

The Canucks had 2 years to get a transaction done, and from what we have all heard, there were offers...just that the numbskulls above seemed to think that an average goalie with a horrid contract was somehow worth something big. They could have unloaded him, and they didn't. Then they could have bought him out, and they didn't. So they shipped out the heir to the throne and decided to bring Lou back as number 1, despite having backed the bus up on him for 2 years. Big money or no big money, I can see why he's pissed.

July 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET

my comment above didn't really address the agent issue...i know...just felt like writing a book about the stupidity of the management in vancouver.

July 25, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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"we came here on a spaceship" L. Ron hubbard

"Alex what the hell am I going to do with a telephone? I'm deaf."

Mabel Gardiner Hubbard

July 25, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

my comment above didn't really address the agent issue...i know...just felt like writing a book about the stupidity of the management in vancouver.

Re the agent:

If he negotiated the albatross contract, does he still get paid based on a % of the entire contract, even though he is now "fired"?

July 25, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Re the agent:If he negotiated the albatross contract, does he still get paid based on a % of the entire contract, even though he is now "fired"?

no, but he does get wafers with it

July 25, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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or it could be that he wants to rehab his image and work on endorsement deals. I don't know much about Lupien, but I do know that Brisson's agency is much better placed to deal with that side of the business.

That makes the most sense to me.

Management hasn't been exactly pumping his tires lately, but surely he must know that he is not worth the money that they are paying him and no other team in the league is going to touch him with that contract. The fact that they got rid of Corey and didn't buy out his contract should tell him something.

July 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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no, but he does get wafers with it

But no "gannet on a stick".

 
July 25, 2013  10:09 AM ET

With Henry Winkler behind the bench can't blame him for still wanting to get outta town...

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