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What if Luongo tells the Canucks he wants to stay?

Feb 12, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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What was once a foregone conclusion may not be so certain anymore in Vancouver, where all of a sudden Canucks GM Mike Gillis is answering questions about goalie Roberto Luongo not being traded.

Gillis was a guest on FAN 590 today and was floated an intriguing scenario from host Nick Kypreos.

“Hypothetically speaking,” asked Kypreos, “let’s say [Luongo] comes into your office tomorrow and says, ‘Let’s end this talk about me moving. I want to stay. If you’re comfortable having me stay, can we put an end to this and stop these talks?'”

Gillis’s response?

“Well, yeah, I can see that scenario playing out,” he said, “but we’re pretty pragmatic here. We’re going to do what’s best for the hockey club and I don’t know where that road’s going to take us.”

Luongo is 3-0-2 with a 1.53 goals-against average and .940 save percentage so far this season. The 33-year-old has also dramatically changed others’ perceptions through his humorous and self-mocking Twitter postings.

“Just as he’s about to be shipped elsewhere, he’s been revealed as humble, honorable, hilarious,” wrote the Vancouver Sun’s Cam Cole. “Just as his run is ending as the Canucks’ last line of defense, he’s rediscovered his comic muse.

“Just before he drops the keys to Canada’s best hockey team in the hands of his still-unproven successor, he turns out to be anything but the monotoned automaton — it was never true, for we have seen him cry in defeat — whose few attempts at humor in his own voice always seemed to backfire on him.”

Gillis admitted today that the current goaltending situation is unsustainable. At some point, one of Luongo or Cory Schneider will have to be moved.

“If we get to the summer with both of them here, I think it would be time to do something,” said Gillis.

But what will that something be?

  1. kaptaanamerica - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Lols Canucks fans know what luongo has done for this team and are fully supportive of either him or Schneider.the eastern media has no clue what Goes on in van city.

    • tyler4richardson - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      *golf claps* Good comment.

  2. spavs412 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I bet every GM dreams of this being their biggest problem… It’s a 1a1b situation, both are good goalies.

    • killerpgh - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      It not a horrible problem to have. But next year teams know the Canucks have to move salary. As of now the Canuck have less than 3.9 million in Cap space for next year. And that is only with 14 players signed. Considering NHL teams fill a 23 man roster that is a problem. Other GM’s know this as well.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I have looked into my crystal ball and Roberto isn’t being traded this season. They will try again to win a Cup with him and if they fail he will then be moved along with some others.
    Reach the Finals he stays, anything short he’s gone.

    No reason to talk about it further, the crystal ball never lies

  4. 19to77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Uh… he’d just trade Schneider, since he doesn’t have an NMC and he’d get huge value for him? Seriously, people, Gillis holds all the cards here. Two talented goalies, one who’s willing to hear a lot of trade options, and one who doesn’t have trade protection at all. Like he said – pragmatism.

    • badintent - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      If Gilles hadn’t given Roberto that insane contract, we won’t been having this conversation. The Canucks go with both for the season, and hot hand for the playoffs.Gilles made this mess, now the pile is getting Deep.I hate to say it But Burke was smarter on contracts than Giles.

      • kitshky - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Nonsense.

      • badintent - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Which part is nonsense ? Giving Roberto an Arodless contract or going with Cory in the net for the playoffs.? Gilles has the buck stop at his desk . IT’S CALLED TAKING RESPONSIBIITY for your actions.Of course this is Vancouver , where the cops let the city burn during the hockey riots, thousands of condo owners that lost their life saving in the leaky condo disaster and the Fast Ferry scam which ripped off the taxpapers of
        $ 500 million dollars. No one takes any blame, they just babble about “moving forward ” and no one goes to jail or pays out a dime.
        Burke was a jerk, negociating in the local papers with unsigned players but at least he did build the West Coast Express and set a foundation for Norris and Gilles to build on.

      • 19to77 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        So did Mike Gillis sleep with your wife or are you just jealous that you can’t afford Vancouver real estate prices? Seriously, dude, your rage issues don’t appear to have anything to do with the goalies or even the hockey team. Weirdo. =/

      • badintent - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        @19to77
        No, I won’t pay for stupid over priced Chinese real estate prices in Vancouver. Renting is fine for me now, just waiting for the bubble to burst here, that big sucking noise you’ll hear will be the jets flying back all the idiots that paid $1.5 million for a 75 year old wet rot 2 bedroom in Kits.Short man Gilles is too short to make my wife happy. .Vancouver +Canucks=losers.Got some Brex-x stock for ya, great price.

      • 19to77 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Dear God, I was being sarcastic. I didn’t realize I was so on the nose. You… you poor bastard. D:

  5. dcfan4life - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I can see him staying too. Since moving his contract will not be easy.

  6. thecupturnsred - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    How is a 5.3 million dollar goalie hard to manage. It was all up front money, and he’s going to be an elite goalie for another six years or so. His contract is not an issue, I wish people would do some more homework.

    • killerpgh - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      I don’t see how you can consider it all up front money. Counting this year he still has a salary of over 6.7 million for the next 6 years. He will be 43 when his contract expires. Only the last 4 years of his contract is his salary less than his cap hit and he will turn 39 years old when that happens.

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