Luongo inks long-term deal
The news that Roberto Luongo has signed a 12-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks is enough to make even the calmest of fans rejoice.
All together now: Halle-Lui-ah!
Luongo’s new contract keeps him in Vancouver until the end of the 2021-2022 season – just think about that for a second. Regardless of where you are right now in your life, you likely won’t be in that same place in a decade from now.
Luongo will be, this contract ensures that and his commitment and desire to winning a Stanley Cup with the Canucks is what led to the lengthy deal.
During an exclusive interview with Canucks.com shortly after inking the new deal, Luongo revealed that his main factor to remaining in Vancouver was his belief that this team has what it takes to win long-term.
He sees more than regular season wins in Vancouver’s future; he sees playoff victories and ultimately a championship. Better yet, he sees it in the near future with the group president and general manager Mike Gillis has put together.
“Like I’ve said in the past, the main thing for me is I want to have a chance to win the cup and since I’ve been to Vancouver management has done a great job in building a team to try and win a cup,” said Luongo.
“This past season even though we didn’t make it, I thought we had a chance to win and that’s all you can really ask for.”
All you can ask for from captain Luongo is what you’ve been getting as he’s delivered on every level in three seasons with the Canucks.
Wins, shutouts, a killer save percentage and goals against average, Luongo has stockpiled them all and he’ll continue to do so until we’re all zipping around in flying cars come 2022.
Luongo still isn’t satisfied with what the Canucks have accomplished though and he won’t be until hockey’ Holy Grail is hoisted high above his head.
The Canucks and Luongo see eye to eye on that, which made contract talks like sitting down for tea at grandmas. Negotiations were positive from both sides and Luongo is grateful the Canucks recognized what he brings to the table in offering him this extended stay in Vancouver.
“I think I work extremely hard to be the best that I can be everyday, I’m a competitor and I think they see that in me,” he said.
“Obviously it’s not only Mike and the management, but also the Aquilinis for their commitment not only to me but to this whole team in trying to win a championship here. It’s great to see that and I’m eternally grateful to everybody involved and hopefully we can bring the fans of this city something that they haven’t lived before and neither have I.”
Luongo’s excited about the new deal and so are the fans, safe to say the other Vancouver players share the same sentiment.
“Obviously he's one of the best goalies in the world,” Shane O'Brien said following an on-ice scrimmage with 11 fellow Canucks at UBC earlier this week.
“He's a great guy in the locker room, he works extremely hard every day and he's a true professional. We're lucky to have him locked down, if it's done.
"It's good that it's done before camp and Lou can focus on his start to the season and getting off to a good start."
Added Alex Burrows, Luongo’s stall mate in the Canucks dressing room, “He's a great leader, great teammate and everybody knows what he can do on the ice so we're really happy to have him back.”
One more time, all together now: Halle-Lui-ah!