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Hatchet buried? Canucks GM Gillis says he and Luongo are on same page

Jul 23, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Vancouver GM Mike Gillis spoke at the Canucks Summer Summit, a town hall Q&A with season ticket holders, and talked about how his meeting with Roberto Luongo went. Turns out things are going just fine.

“Roberto is great,” Gillis said with a smile. “Ironically we spent about half the conversation going through his Twitter account. He thinks he’s so witty.”

Gillis says one thing they could’ve worked better on with Luongo was his emotions. He said Luongo often felt guarded and the way he conducts himself on Twitter shows there’s a funny, approachable guy.

“We all could’ve worked harder at helping him but he’s really enthused about the next steps… We’re pleased he’s going to be our No. 1 goalie.”

All right, but seriously: How does he feel about moving on with Luongo after two summers of not trading him? After all, dealing Cory Schneider to New Jersey during the draft was perhaps the last thing Luongo expected to happen.

“I was comfortable there. We have a really good relationship. It isn’t strained or adversarial at all. I think he’s going to be fine. He’s a consummate professional. I think he’ll wind up being Canada’s No. 1 goalie and Roberto will be our No. 1 goalie. I feel very optimistic about it.”

  1. Windmiller4 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I would love to see him ditch the team next summer after how they’ve treated him. I get the feeling that he is only coming back on good terms because he wants the nod for team Canada. Be very interesting to see what he does if the Canucks have a bad season, and it’s not an Olympic year

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Huh? Apparently you know something about opting out of contracts that everyone else doesn’t

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        Hockeyflow33 – Sorry pal, as you now need to be called out for ‘that’ which you are … a repugnant, one dimensional, simpleton. Time and time again throughout my 17 months here at PHT, you’ve repeatedly shown yourself to be an utterly ‘repulsive’ life form … one which spews ‘negativity and ignorance’ at every possible turn. No doubt you will soon come to find your peace under the ‘heels of justice’. In the meantime however, please know that your pathetic utterances here have achieved nothing, apart from bringing you to the attention of my Bloomberg gun captains …

        ps: do yourself a favor and check out this “thoughtful & intelligent” commentary …

        “It would be great for both parties if the Canucks COULD waive his contract however the league could view it as a potential violation of the salary cap. One of the reasons his contract extends for so many years was to offset the heavily front-loaded salary during the first few years of the contract. If the contract were waived [even in agreement to both parties] it means the Canucks would have been able to pay out a larger salary to Luongo than his actual cap hit was.

        That being said, the league should give consideration to allowing the mutual agreement contract waiver for 2 reasons [1] the contract was signed at a time when the cap hit was expected to continue to increase, not experience a decline and [2] the early retirement cap hit rule was only in effect for players that were over 35 when Luongo signed his contract [not impacted]. The new CBA changed this rule & applied it to contracts signed under the previous CBA. Vancouver should petition the league to waive his contract, under the claim they would not have offered him those terms if the ‘cap-hit after retirement’ had been applicable to Luongo at that time. In this particular case, since the player himself is also willing to have the contract waived, the team isn’t attempting to short-change the player, so the NHLPA should back Vancouver’s request for the waiving of the contract.

        There is potential for backlash from other teams forced to buy out long contracts however in most of those cases, the player did not want their contract waived. The league would have to write it off as a one-off case due to the number of years on the contract & possibly a force Vancouver a fine and [minimal] cap hit punishment for having circumvented the cap by paying out more money over the previous years.

        The other alternative would be if Luongo didn’t appear in training camp in mutual agreement with the Canucks that doing so would void his contract, leaving him free to sign with another team. If it’s [unofficially] but publically known that his not appearing in training camp was a legal maneuver to have the contract mutually voided, I don’t think other teams or even the public would view it as his being unprofessional. Especially if the Canucks immediately voided the contract after 1 day and there was [unofficially] another team willing to re-sign him. Although neither side could say that’s what happened, I think as long as other teams knew what was going on, it wouldn’t reflect poorly on Luongo if missing training camp was done as a legal maneuver & he knew he’d be released from his contract in time to join another team.

        The question is whether or not having his contract voided for ‘not appearing at training camp’ would affect his eligibility to play for another NHL team, if it doesn’t than they’ll have to go the route of petitioning the league for another means of mutually voiding the contract.

        I don’t think the Canucks can just ‘waive’ the contract [even with mutual agreement] & without prior approval from the league as it puts them into a salary cap violation for the previous years. Although the new CBA prevents such heavily from loaded contracts, I don’t think the league wants to set a precedence for paying out salaries higher than the cap & then ‘mutually voiding’ remaining years on a contract.”

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM


      • micasa81 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Blomfeld: ‘Zip it.’

  2. BurkieInBoston - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Rank 1-3 the Team Canada Goalies for Olympics if it’s Luongo, Price, & Crawford?

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      lol 13 people thumbsed this…. nobody answered. you even got 8 thumbs downs on a simple poll. unbelievable, this site is.

      i’ll help you out there bud, even though it’s a shot in the dark:

      • barby97 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        try this way:

        Luongo, Crawford, Price

  3. charliereno - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Gillis and the Canucks are very fortunate that Luongo knows what it means to be a professional. They should follow his example.

    • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Professional = a person who signs a 12 year ’64 million dollar’ contract and then proceeds to renege on his commitment due to an emotional ‘boo boo’ which he suffers 2 years later, after the team which is paying him the 64 million dollars has the gall and ‘audacity’ to let his back-up partner actually back him up.

  4. blackhawks2010 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Canucks trainwreck, all aboard!

  5. jpat2424 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Hey blomfeld Shut up. It’s called post a comment not write a book. Jesus

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      lol 80% of that was a copy/paste quote… but your comment was funny regardless.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        on that same note: blomfeld leeching onto somebody else’s ideas and quoting them uncredited…. because he’s never made an accurate or well articulated argument/observation about hockey on this site before. instead, we have to deal with his ridiculous list of “the top 30” goalies in the league (that he feels the need to post every other day, just to remind us that he’s a kings fan) and having to scroll past whatever youtube video he was watching at the time of posting, whether it was related to what he commented or not. i’m at the point of not even TRYING to decipher what he’s saying anymore. I’m sure if i saw it on a TSN broadcast, i would get it, and it might even be entertaining, in the same way Don Out-Of-His-Gourd Cherry is entertaining… but without hearing voice inflections and whatnot, it’s impossible to figure out what blomfeld’s talking about half the time.

      • bigblackzaranek - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        At this point, does Blomfield know what he’s talking about anymore?

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Hey ibieiniid Shut up. It’s called post a comment not write a book. Jesus

        *** NHL’s Current Top Goaltenders ***

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Jonathan Bernier
        3) Benjamin Scrivens
        4) Cory Schneider
        5) Carey Price

        28) Ilya Bryzgalov
        29) Alexander Ovechkin
        30) Roberto Luongo

        source: Le Figaro Sports Desk

      • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        touche blomfeld, the list, with Scrivens and OV added to it actually made me laugh this time. the elvis video… i scrolled past.

      • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Achtung ibieiniid !

        If a smile came to your face, then “Mission Accomplished” as far as I’m concerned ! :) Joy must ‘always’ prevail on the internets and Joy must ‘never’ take a back seat to Darkness and/or it’s advocates !

        ps: yes indeed friend, the remarks above were borrowed from a fellow commenter called ‘iHearthockey31’ who offered that excellent piece ‘in rebuttal’ on a related Luongo story a couple of pages back … “What Olympics Mean For Luongo and Canucks” written by Comrade Dadoun @ Jul 22, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT … by the way, you ‘should’ be taking the time to view my musical offerings here … each and every score always carries a ‘massive’ relevance to the topic at hand, I assure you ! :)

    • blomfeld - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Insulting a fellow commenter and using the good Lord’s name in vain, all in one sentence ? … not too swift pal, that’s for sure …

      “May the heels of justice soon be brought down ‘ruthlessly’ on the simpleton known as Jpat2424”

  6. terrier92 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    This from a Bruins fan who witnessed his meltdowns in Games 3,4 & 6 and reveled in it. Hey it was for the Cup nothing personal. Hope the guy comes back and has a good year. Gillis is incompetent. His handling of the Canucks goalie situation was abysmal. Goaltending at the NHL level has got to be the hardest job in sports not just physically but mentally. Vancouver management did nothing to help this guy out just hung him out there. Good luck Roberto just not against the Bruins or USA.

  7. slysipops - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    headline in the …VANCOUVER DALY NEWS ………….. TORTS says i don’t give a darn who’s pals and who aint….. we’ll play all season with 6 out and an empty net ! IT’S ALL ABOUT TOUGHNESS !

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