It is clear now beyond belief that Canadian Olympic gold medallist Roberto Luongo wants out of the Vancouver Canucks.
In a bombshell press conference on Wednesday, Luongo simply stated “my contract sucks”. It is no surprise that Luongo is disappointed by being the backup goaltender to Cory Schneider, but to state that to the national media on the day of the NHL trade deadline was a shocker.
Luongo did state he was proud to be a Vancouver Canuck, but the bottom line is there is no doubt he would like to be elsewhere, considering the fact he is seeing minimal playing time at the moment.
So far this season, Luongo has a 7-4-3 record with a 2.44 goals against average with two shutouts, but has struggled mightily lately with a 3.71 goals against average and a .859 save percentage in the last seven games.
Luongo clearly wants his contract restructured. It seems he would rather play for less and be the number one goaltender on a team than be the backup goaltender and earn $6.7 million per season with Vancouver through 2018 and then $6.9 million over the following four seasons.