After turning down a five-year, $30M contract, Luongo said:
I just want to make sure we're a playoff team for many years to come. I don't want to spend another five years here just watching the playoffs on television.
It is a great contract for me, but No. 1 is winning a Stanley Cup and having success in the playoffs. After that, money comes second.
The folks at TSN seem to think this is a selfless, magnanimous gesture on his part. I've got a different theory.
Translation: "I will be a free agent in the summer, and I want to move to a bona fide Cup contender. I'd rather not be locked into a five year deal here."