The media did yesterday what they should have done on the weekend after Luongo’s comments on Hockey Night In Canada. They probed him about it, instead of simply taking his comments at face value and then sensationalizing them.
Nothing changed Saturday when, during a Hockey Night in Canada interview, Luongo said: “First and foremost, I want to win the Cup. And whichever team is going to give me the best chance to do that is the team I want to be with.”
The quote incubated peacefully for a day until regular radio programming returned Monday in need of a topic to carry hours of chatter.
Is Luongo disloyal? Is he unhappy?
“Of course not,” he said. “I like our team here. I think we can do some damage in the playoffs. How that could be interpreted as me leaving, I don’t know.
“I think we have a team with a chance to win the Cup. At the end of the day, the only thing that’s going to enter my mind for the [contract] decision is winning. That’s why I play. I’ve played 10 years in this league and haven’t had much success. I think I’m deserving of having a chance to win the Cup, and hopefully that comes with Vancouver.”
I don’t mean for this post to criticize the media in this city. However, I find it funny that the original piece came courtesy of Jason Botchford, who, in his Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, mentioned the slippery slope the mainstream media may be on by using player quotes directly from the Canucks’ pay-per-view telecast. It looks like the Twitter post has since been deleted, but in it, he pointed specifically to a Vancouver Sun piece that quoted Wellwood and Kesler from the PPV post-game show. In essence, Botchford did the exact same thing by quoting Luongo straight from the CBC telecast.
The fact is, unlike us Canucks fans, the mainstream media have access to the players on a regular basis. It wouldn’t have been hard for them to first ask Luongo about his comments before publicly questioning his commitment to this team (or goading Canucks fans to do so) and it would have been the responsible thing to do.