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Luongo’s former agent tells Globe and Mail he’s very angry about Canucks’ treatment of client

Given a) the Evening Line, b) the fact that we're kind of sitting on the, "Report: Joel Quenneville to receive contract extension Friday" story because it hasn't happened yet and c) there's actually a significant amount of other stuff going on, I really don't want to post yet another Roberto Luongo-gate article...

But Luongo's former agent, Gilles Lupien, spoke with the Globe and Mail's Roy MacGregor on Thursday night, stating that his cilent left for CAA Sports' Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry in no small part because Lupien is still abso-frickin-loutley FURIOUS about what's transpired between the Canucks, the media and a certain goaltender who was supposed to be shipped out of town like yesterday's leftovers, but is suddenly the go-to guy all over again:

“I played on a team [Montreal] with nine Hockey Hall of Famers,” he says. “I’ve never seen a star treated like that. I think personally he’s been treated like a piece of paper, a fourth-line player.”

Lupien believes that in being so public for so long about the possibilities of a trade, the team undermined its own player. The media turned on Luongo, the fans turned on him, and there was no escape. He was like “a cornered rat,” Lupien says.

“I’m in net,” Lupien says of the goaltender he considers almost a son. “There’s a guy at the red line with the puck and the fans start to boo me. The people aren’t behind you. The newspapers aren’t behind you. But you have to stop the puck.

“It’s not like a forward who can pass the puck when people start to boo. It’s not like a fourth liner who only gets out every once in a while. You have to stop every puck or else.” It’s almost impossible for him to perform under those circumstances.”

Lupien says it could have been handled differently. A decade ago in Montreal, he says, then GM Bob Gainey called out those who were ripping Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois, calling them “gutless bastards” and saying “We don’t need those people – we don’t want those people.”

“In Vancouver,” Lupien says, “they didn’t say a word.”

The fired agent says he understands the business, both from Gillis’s point of view and from Luongo’s, but he feels strongly that there was never any need for such drawn-out drama and angst over the possibility of a trade.

“It’s okay to say you’re going to trade someone,” he says, “ but then trade him. If I want to sell my car, and I want to get a good price for it, I don’t say my car is always in the garage. There’s something wrong with it. No one will want to buy it. You either say your car is the best car you ever had – or you say nothing.”

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BrendonR's avatar

Has Gillis done anything good in his time there? There’s the whole Cody Hodgson saga in there as well.

Posted by BrendonR on 07/26/13 at 08:00 AM ET

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It works out either way for Lupien, since he gets his fair share of Luongo’s contract regardless of who represents him now.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/26/13 at 09:17 AM ET

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Am I seriously supposed to feel bad for Luongo. He makes a ton of money to deal with the situation, right or wrong. I don’t necessarily support how the fans react and certainly don’t agree with the way Gillis has handle it but I’m sure not going to feel sorry for Luongo who raking in millions during the saga.

I find it hard to believe a professional goalie cannot handle a little booing.

Personally, I think it is the agents ego that bruised by his recent firing for failing to do his job and he is just looking to cast blame elsewhere.

Posted by evileye on 07/26/13 at 09:40 AM ET

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I find it hard to believe a professional goalie cannot handle a little booing.

Yeah, because goalies are notoriously even-keeled and not crazy at all, right?

Never mind that money is all that should matter, huh?

Posted by Garth on 07/26/13 at 10:08 AM ET

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Has Gillis done anything good in his time there? There’s the whole Cody Hodgson saga in there as well.

Nope.

1. Keith Ballard (and his $4.2M salary) for Bernier, 1st (Quinton Howden) and Michael Grabner. 

2. David Booth (and his $4.2M salary) for peanuts but has doesn’t fit into their system and hasn’t produced at all.  Now he’s just a drain on their cap.

3. The Hogdson deal.  And don’t forget how they treated him when his back was hurt.

4. His handling of the Luongo situation.  Had deals on the table, got greedy, and then got screwed.

5. His draft record speaks for itself.  His 1 good pick, Hodgson, was traded. 

How does this guy still have a job?

Posted by DetCapC19 from Vancouver, BC on 07/26/13 at 12:09 PM ET

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