It was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak.
Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo‘s agent, Pat Brisson, says Luongo would still be a Canuck had head coach John Tortorella started him in the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators.
Pat Brisson on TSN 1050 in Toronto: ‘if he (Luongo) played in the Heritage Classic he would likely still be a #Canucks‘
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) March 5, 2014
For how much longer is the question.
TSN’s hockey insiders Darren Dreger, Pierre Lebrun, and Bob McKenzie reported that Luongo still desired to be traded, but it got pushed to the back burner with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia coming up.
It was an issue that was going to be revisited in the 2014 offseason regardless of what happened this year.
In the grand scheme of things, it was a trade that was going to happen, but the Heritage Classic non-start expedited the process and probably hurt the Canucks chances of making the playoffs this year.