The sight of Roberto Luongo in a Chicago sweater might be too much for some Hawks fans to take.
"That's a good question,” Luongo said in an interview Friday on “The Jeff O'Neil Show” on 99.3 FM The Fox in Vancouver. “I think there's a lot of cities that are great to play in, and Chicago's definitely one of them. But you have to realize that it works both ways. There's not only me involved in this decision. It's also a question if the Blackhawks would be interested, if the team would be interested in trading me there and if I wanted to go there."
The goalie Hawks fans love to hate is on the trading block this offseason. With the Canucks re-signing his backup, Cory Schneider, to a three-year, $12 million contract last week, it appears a split is inevitable.
Hawks general manager Stan Bowman publicly admitted to talking with New Jersey Devils goaltender Marty Brodeur earlier this week but Brodeur subsequently signed back with New Jersey. There has been no indication publicly or behind the scenes that the Hawks are interested in Luongo, who is signed through 2021 with an annual salary cap hit of $5.33 million.
Luongo was asked if he could handle hearing “Chelsea Dagger” -- the song the Hawks play when they score a goal -- as a member of the home team.
"I like that song,” Luongo said. “It's catchy. I heard it seven times in one game."
Luongo was referring to Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference semifinals which the Hawks won 7-4, just one of several games in recent years in which the Hawks put up a flurry of goals against him.
Though he didn’t want to talk specifics about other teams, Luongo indicated he would be open to a return to the Florida Panthers.
“Florida is definitely one of the spots I'd be willing to go to,” Luongo said.
The Hawks might not be completely thrilled with Corey Crawford, but call it a major longshot for Luongo to end up in Chicago.
If not for the contract the Hawks might have interest, though there is no guarantee he would get a fair shake from fans if he struggled early on. He became the evil face of the Canucks franchise in their rivalry with the Hawks. Sometimes that’s hard to overcome.