Luongo vows to quit over bigger nets Dale Oviatt, CanWest News Service Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 Should the National Hockey League make a move toward bigger nets, one of the league's elite goaltenders would call it quits. Vancouver stopper Roberto Luongo told an NHL conference call Tuesday that he has no desire to play in a league with larger nets. "If that day comes, I don't think you guys will be seeing me in the NHL," he said. "I have no intentions of playing with bigger nets." Asked if he'd retire, he replied "Yeah." The NHL first discussed the idea of larger nets two years ago, when players and league executives met to debate ways of increasing scoring and opening up the game. The topic was revisited briefly in June when general managers met in Ottawa. Luongo, who is entering his eighth NHL season, admits defending the net is different than it was in years past. "The way the goalies play the game has changed," he said. "Also, the shooters did not have synergy sticks back in the day. It all evolves with time. "Definitely the game is different today and that's why we see goalies needing a bit more protection and being better goaltenders and better athletes." The 28-year-old set a Vancouver franchise record last season, appearing in 76 games. He posted a 47-22-6 record with a 2.29 goals-against average in guiding the Canucks to first place in the Northwest Division. He finished second to Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in voting for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. In the post-season, Luongo was solid in leading the Canucks to a seven-game series victory over Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. In his playoff debut in Game 1 against Dallas, he stopped 72 of 76 shots in a 5-4 quadruple overtime victory. The Canucks then fell in five games to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference semifinals. Luongo knows that with last season's success comes high expectations this time around. "I think we want to take it to the next level. As far as the team is concerned, we were proud of what we accomplished last year because not a lot of people put us in that situation," he said. "Now that we've been there, we've had a taste of it. We want to take the next step, which would be obviously trying to win the Stanley Cup. We know there's a lot of hard work to be done. "We're in a tough division. At the same time, we know that we have the capability as far as talent in the locker-room and the character to do it."