Lately, with no hockey, and nothing else interesting to talk about, certain rumors seem to be spreading like wildfire. Actually they seem to be spreading like they did in middle school. You know, someone starts a rumor that Tom cheated on Becky with Sally and by the end of the day, the whole school is talking about it. Sound familiar? Yes, that was middle school and this is professional hockey, but rumors are what some media sources yearn for and the internet is rife with.
In case you haven’t heard, (and you’d have to live under a rock to not have heard) Vancouver’s goaltender Roberto Luongo has made it quite obvious that his time there is over and he is ok with leaving the Canucks and is interested in moving on. Supposedly he is even interested in playing for the Panthers. The reason being his wife is from South Florida and he owns a house here where he spends the off-season. Not to mention he won’t be under the media microscope playing for a small market franchise like he is in Vancouver. There have been endless rumors about where he is going, why he wants to go there, and when a trade will happen. The most recent rumor, one that was quite ludicrous and clearly false, was that the Panthers were interested in trading Stephen Weiss, Erik Gudbranson, Keaton Ellerby, or Jose Theodore for Luongo. This rumor had Panther fans talking on Twitter the other day but everyone quickly realized it was completely inaccurate and disregarded it. However, we should all know that it seems like the players mentioned will remain Panthers at least for this season, and one, Gudbranson, was the third pick overall in the draft with a bright future. Why trade an up and coming star for a “playoff-suspect” 33 year-old netminder with a huge contract? Even though we all know, Dale Tallon wouldn’t give up one of our youngsters for Luongo.
Since everything on the Luongo front had been pretty quiet, there was then the rumor that the Chicago Blackhawks could be interested in Luongo. After claiming that Toronto and Florida were the top 2 contenders for Luongo, now Chicago was added to the list. On top of that, the New York Islanders were also added as a potential destination. After losing Al Montoya to Winnipeg and the always reliable (to get injured) Rick DiPietro, the Islanders seem to be interested in acquiring Luongo according to some media sources online. Recently, Luongo played at the World Series of Poker where apparently he told someone he “might” be going to Florida. Really? Thanks for another piece of gossip! But yet of course the media made headlines over this small and rather pointless piece of info.
The Luongo discussion has been going on for weeks and weeks now and it’s getting rather boring. Any mention of the NHL right now brings up the Luongo sweepstakes. Media sources can guess where he will go all day, but in the end when it happens, TSN, SI or NHL will announce it officially and we will stop all the speculation.
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