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Roberto Luongo speaks: ‘I…moved on personally,’ says Canucks goalie


The world of professional hockey, much like love itself (sorry to get mushy), can be a fickle thing.

After a summer of silence, Roberto Luongo has shed light on his relationship with the Vancouver Canucks after the latest developments in an ongoing goaltender saga that has, at times, dominated headlines around the National Hockey League.

In an interview with TSN’s James Duthie, Luongo said he will report to Canucks training camp in September.

“Yeah, no doubt. I have a contract, I plan to honor it,” Luongo told Duthie in an interview, which ran Friday afternoon on TSN’s SportsCentre.

He also likened his relationship with the Canucks to a marriage recently fraught with ups and downs, and indecision. A divorce between player and organization, only it hasn’t work out that way.

“I accepted it…and moved on personally,” Luongo told Duthie about his relationship with the Canucks.

“Only problem was she wanted me back.”

News of Luongo’s interview with Duthie broke Friday morning, when the host of NHL on TSN sent out a series of tweets about the high-profile Canucks goaltender.

For more than a full year, Luongo has been the subject of trade talk, with general manager Mike Gillis making no secret he was trying to deal the goalie.

However, all attempts to trade Luongo were unsuccessful and it’s largely believed that his 12-year, $64 million contract was the largest obstacle for any potential deals.

In fact, once trade deadline day had officially passed and Luongo was still a member of the Canucks, he unloaded to the media a profound one-liner – “My contract sucks.”

The goaltending controversy swirling around Vancouver took another twist at the NHL Draft in June.

The Canucks, in a surprise move, dealt Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick.

It was a trade that “shocked” Luongo.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.