The Vancouver Canucks seemed to have found their groove when they whitewashed the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 on Friday night. Corey Schneider made 30 saves and Roberto Luongo was clearly the backup awaiting word on where he’s been traded to. Then the Canucks lose to the red hot San Jose Sharks on Sunday by a 4-1 score with Schneider in goal. Does this mean the Canucks will go back to Luongo and continue their goalie conundrum. Not likely. Roberto is out and Corey is in and until a trade is finalized, that’s going to be the path forward for the Canucks.
But that’s been the problem for Vancouver’s GM Mike Gillis; finalizing a deal with a team that gives him the return package that he wants. Last week we heard a deal was in place, the corresponding team just had to move one player. One week later we continue to sit and wait for the news and now we begin to wonder if Gillis is playing mind games, using this tactic as leverage over the teams’ that are interested in Luongo. Creating a panic for no reason when really there is no deal in place.
Luongo recently told Ben Kuzma of The Province he has yet to be asked to waive his no-trade clause, further begging the question if Gillis truly has a deal ready to announce. Or maybe he’s starting to realize his asking price is ludicrous that by playing the media, teams like the Maple Leafs and Flyers will become desperate and give in to his demands. A rather shrewd move if Gillis were to do it, but he’s not in this business to make friends; rather win a Stanley Cup.
It’s expected that Luongo will play Monday night in LA against the Kings, the second game of a back-to-back scheduling. The best thing that could happen to Gillis is to have Luongo start and make 30 saves for a shutout of his own, further boosting his value and appeal to the clubs that are said to be interested.
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