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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Luongo: 'I have no intentions of playing with bigger nets' news services

E.J. Hradek on Luongo

Well, I think Roberto Luongo would be giving away a lot of money if he didn't play any more.

I think that might be a snap reaction to what he was asked. I don't like the idea of making the nets bigger. But if we can't do a better job of getting this goalie equipment to a more managable and reasonable size, than maybe a bigger net is something we have to investigate.

I hope it doesn't go to that and I hope for Roberto's sake it's not a drastic reaction.

• Hradek: Chat wrap Insider

If the NHL decides to go with bigger nets, one of its top goaltenders said Tuesday he won't be playing in the league anymore.

In a conference call Tuesday, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo said he would retire if the league used bigger nets.

"If that day comes, I don't think you guys will be seeing me in the NHL," Luongo said.

Luongo said he would retire, even if the league made the nets bigger by just a few inches.

"I have no intentions of playing with bigger nets," Luongo said.

Although the notion of fundamentally changing the game by enlarging the current nets is opposed by many general managers, in the face of declining scoring, it has become a hot topic in the NHL.

Information from's Scott Burnside was used in this report.