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Gillis won’t “succumb” to media pressure to trade Luongo

Jan 18, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

Mike Gillis

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis would like the Toronto Maple Leafs — and any other team, for that matter — to know that he won’t be pressured by the media into trading Roberto Luongo.

Per, Gillis was on TEAM 1040 radio this morning in Vancouver to reject the idea that his expectations are too high when it comes to the price for Luongo.

“The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right,” said Gillis.

“That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the kind of pressure that I’m going to succumb to.”

Gillis has said repeatedly that he’s willing to wait for the right deal for Luongo to come along, and he reiterated that stance today.

“There’s a lot of stuff that’s going to happen in the first two weeks of this season, and if you start giving all-star players away you’ll be at the bottom of this league in a real hurry,” he said.

The Canucks open the season Saturday at home to Anaheim, then host Edmonton on Sunday.

It’s believed Cory Schneider will be Vancouver’s starting goalie against the Ducks, but Luongo could get the call versus the Oilers.

If you believe Gillis, the Canucks could have the same goaltending tandem all season.

“As it sits today, we need to get something in return that is going to help our team and we’re not in the business of just helping other teams, so I’m comfortable with both these guys starting the season here, I’ll be comfortable if we finish the season with them.

“If something happens and comes our way that allows us to improve, we’re going to do it. And it’s all subject to Roberto wanting to go to that city. So, it is a little bit more complicated than people like to think but we feel very comfortable with where we sit today with our goalies.”

The Canucks had reportedly offered the Leafs Luongo for Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a second-round draft pick.

Of course, that was what they offered when Brian Burke was still the GM in Toronto. It’s not clear if Burke was seriously considering the deal, but with Dave Nonis now in charge, it appears the Leafs are committed to giving Kadri a chance to prove himself.

  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Frankly I would prefer to see the Canucks hold onto both players all year. It’s going to be a hectic schedule and with Schneider’s first season as the number one guy it just makes sense to have the best fallback option possible.

    I don’t think there are any teams out there that would make a great offer for Luongo now and completely lose interest by the time the offseason rolls around (on the contrary, teams who are interested now will be able to give themselves the flexibility to make a big deal once the season is over – either through amnesty buyouts or other trades to shore up weaknesses) so there shouldn’t be any rush.

  2. spongebobsportspants - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Crosby, Malkin and 2 first rounders? Would that be fair Gillis you horse’s *ss! You screwed up and have an albatross around your neck. Keep wearing it with pride you dummy!

    • loinstache - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Uh as a Canucks fan I’m much happier to have two fantastic goalies than a bad trade to start the season… don’t act like Luongo is now forever bound to the Canucks

  3. bigtganks - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    It’s not like Luongo is saying “I’ve got to get out of here, I refuse to dress, I refuse to be on this team”. Gillis is right. Canucks could play a year or two with both goalies splitting time equally and playing whoever is hot. Doesn’t seem to be that big of a problem.

    • tatdue - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Ya, keep telling yourselves that but the cap (and their opportunities to trade him) only go downwards the longer they wait…..unless that is if an interested team has their existing goalie(s) play like poop or go down with an injury. Then again if Lou gets injured while Gillis continues his pipe dream they will be totally screwed period….. :)

  4. wren49 - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    The lady doth protest too much…

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a life-long Canucks fan (and Gillis fan, for that matter) but these daily media releases from both sides are getting ridiculous.

    Gillis is feeling pressure. Nonis is feeling pressure. Anything they say to the contrary is just posturing.

    I wish they’d just cut the theatrics and get a deal done that helps both teams.

    • kitshky - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      It wasn’t a press release,, it was just an answer to a question during his weekly appearance on the morning show.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      What’s the rush?

      Frankly Toronto is a horrible dance partner (they have so few decent young NHLers and legit prospects that they can’t part with any and thanks to the Kessel deal they won’t trade a 1st rounder for anything) and it’s not like they’ve got anything in particular to offer Luongo so really, they are simply the most talked about option.

      But yes, the media posturing is a bit tiresome. Unfortunately both cities have rabid fanbases and a boatload of mediocre sports journalists which means a lot of poor reporting on this whole “saga.”

  5. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Luongo = Tony Romo?

  6. desertfan - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Keep Luongo- trade Schneider for a big win!!!

  7. stakex - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I’ve never understood why the Canucks are so up on trading Luongo to begin with. Ok, hes folded in the playoffs a couple times… but he did get the Canucks to the Cup a couple years ago, and had put up really solid regular season numbers. Say whatever you want about him, hes as solid in net as a team can hope for.

    Now Cory Schneider has also looked really good the last couple years, but he played a career high 33 games last year, about half what you would expect from a starter. Theres no promis hes going to be a super star in net with the starting job. You have any idea how bad it will look if the Canucks trade Luongo and Schneider falls apart, or worse yet imagine Luongo goes off to a team where he wins the cup? The Canucks GM has to be careful about all that… especially if he doesn’t get much for the trade.

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