TORONTO - To fully understand the relationship between David Nonis and Roberto Luongo, we take you back almost four years ago to a Saturday morning inside the bowels of Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.
It was Oct. 25, 2009 and the Canucks had just finished their morning skate in preparation of yet another dismantling of the Maple Leafs. Having finished chatting with the local scribes, the personable goaltender sat down with a visiting columnist from the Toronto Sun (aka yours truly) to discuss Nonis, the man who had first brought him to Vancouver in a trade with the Florida Panthers.
“I always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Luongo said of Nonis.
“It was a weird situation for me in what was happening in Florida. I’m grateful that Dave brought me to Vancouver. But it’s more than that. I think he’s a great person.”