If there’s one phrase to describe Roberto Luongo’s thoughts on returning to Vancouver as a member of the Florida Panthers tonight, it would seemingly be “well-adjusted.”
That seemed clear here, and carried over to this interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy, as Luongo admitted that his first trip back to actually start against the Canucks on the road is a pretty big deal.
A few takeaways?
- It’s more about interacting with Canucks fans again, rather than beating his former team. He said that he looks back at his time in Vancouver as one in which the good heavily outweighed the bad.
- The 35-year-old really appreciates that, timing wise, he’s been able to spend a good chunk of time in Vancouver (thanks to the way Florida’s schedule worked out).
- While he hasn’t actually spoken to former Canucks GM Mike Gillis, he doesn’t have hard feelings. It seems like Luongo believes that Gillis did his best.
Could some of this be Luongo softening the message for the media? Perhaps. Maybe it also has something to do with time healing wounds.
Either way, it should be really interesting to see how Luongo performs and reacts to a game in front of that Vancouver crowd (and vice versa).
He’s not giving them many reasons to jeer him, if nothing else.