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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.

Ortio clears waivers, assigned to Flames’ AHL team

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Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.

The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),

But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.

In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.

Jarred Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

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Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.

It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.

Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.

Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.