Player agent Pat Brisson helps do the impossible Roberto Luongo trade out of Canucks
For Pat Brisson, this trade went very well as he put his expertise to good use for Roberto Luongo of Vancouver Canucks. In just 2 days he managed to get a traded going with the Florida Panthers, something which he had been trying for the last 2 years.
Brisson said 1 day after the trade had been concluded that he had managed to pull it off after the Canucks had allowed the agent to seek potential franchises interested in the player and he started his search. Luongo had a $64 million contract and that was transferred to the Florida Panthers.
After the permission had been granted Brisson contacted Panthers general manager Dale Tallon who then proceeded to get in talks with the Canucks after which the sticky situation was solved. In return they got Jacob Markstrom and centre Shawn Matthias.
Luongo said that he did had not expected the trade to actually occur as chances of it happening were slim to none.
“We had a brief conversation and he kind of took matters into his own hands,” Luongo said regarding Brisson. “I'm not exactly sure how the whole thing went down but I was not expecting to get traded.”
Canucks head coach John Tortorella said that it was untrue that the reason they did not play him was because the trade was on the way.
“That is so far from the truth. That was my decision to play Lack. It was a decision, obviously, you could poke a lot of holes in if we lose the hockey game,” Tortorella said.
“We lost the hockey game (4-2 to the Ottawa Senators) and people are poking a lot of holes in it. I will take the heat. But just understand something totally: that was a hockey decision.”