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article imageOp-Ed: Panthers boss dining in Vegas must mean Luongo to Florida , no?

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 9, 2012 in Sports
Vancouver - It's not set in stone, or even in ice, but the fact the president of the Florida Panthers, one Michael Yormark, is dining in Las Vegas with somebody tonight, Monday, and that Roberto Luongo is in Vegas, must mean something...only we're not sure what.
Luongo is in Vegas playing the World Series of Poker championship, the poker world's yearly North American massive event that continues until July 16. He's playing the tournament as a promo for the B.C. Lottery Corporation. So Yormark and Luongo in the same city and Yormark tweeting about an important dinner date? Gotta mean something.
The astute sports department of the Vancouver Province, a daily newspaper in Luongo's current NHL city with respected writers Tony Gallagher and Jason Botchford, found out about the repast. The newspaper did so by simply following tweets of Yormark, also the chief operating officer of the Panthers, and on Sunday along came this: "On the road again this week. Heading to vegas for a very important dinner on monday night."
Yormark the Hockey Jester?
Naturally Yormark could have other reasons to be there, someone else to dine with, and knowing the hoopla surrounding Luongo's future, could have sent out that tweet simply to turns heads and get online journalists like Marcus Hondro, and the big boys at the Province, to light up the internet with impending Luongo to Florida pieces. He might find it mildly amusing, having that power and exercising it. Most of us quite likely would.
However it seems more logical that he is there to talk about whatever deal he may seek to make contract-wise with Luongo. Tearing up the old and making the new more palatable? Shortening the length in return for extra money? What would Luongo do to return to his wife's home city, a place he's on record as saying he'd love to play in again? You take your pick, but the view from here says when Luongo returns to his off-season home in Florida, he will not be leaving again next October when the NHL regular season begins.
Whether it's for a package including skilled center Nick Bjugstad, the Panthers 19th overall pick in the 2010 entry draft, as has been rumored, or not, can't be known from Yormark's brief tweet, but what is known that the tweet is producing excitement. Shortly after he wrote it, someone on his twitter page responded with "love the drama you're creating." Eminent trade or no trade, it's giving us all NHL fodder for thought.
But it's gotta mean something, no?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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