VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Roberto Luongo was back in Vancouver on Wednesday for a good time -- and a good cause -- but as the old Trooper song goes, no one expects him to be around for a long time.
Luongo admitted he never expected to be back in Vancouver representing the Canucks either, not after last season ended with him on the bench watching Cory Schneider start the final three games of a first-round Stanley Cup Playoff loss to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings.
Luongo said a few days later he'd waive his no-trade clause, and after Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension in late June, the former No. 1 suggested in a radio interview it was "time to move on." But with training camp just around the corner, Luongo now sounds open to at least starting the season with the Canucks.
"Two months ago, after what had just happened and [Schneider] had just signed, I didn't really see myself being here," Luongo said before teeing off at the team's annual charity golf tournament -- his first comments locally since the end-of-season address. "But I realized once we got into August that was a possibility and I was OK with that."