The latest drama had Gillis and his assistant GM attend the Washington Capitals home game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Naturally any time Gillis is seen in a rink that doesn’t feature his Canucks, rumors and speculation will run rampid, as they did on Sunday.
Just the mere sight of Gillis in attendance led to many speculating that the Capitals were interested in trading for Luongo and according to TheFourthPeriod.com, the rumor really picked up steam when players Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault and Filip Forsberg were named as potential suitors for Vancouver.
But the Capitals GM, George McPhee was quick to respond on Monday, shooting down any and all rumors that his club was interested in acquiring Luongo. McPhee told the Vancouver Sun that he has not been approached by anyone in the Canucks organization about discussing a deal that would include Luongo.
Bob McKenzie, a hockey insider for TSN.ca, confirmed the false rumors via Twitter and said that Luongo’s massive contract is one that Washington would not be interested in acquiring. He took it one step further to explain that the Caps aren’t interested in acquiring Cory Schneider either.
Oh, yeah, for conspiracy theorists, WSH isn’t talking to VAN, has no plans to talk to VAN on any goalie. BTW, VAN isn’t trading Schneider.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 4, 2013
According to Craig Custance of ESPN, Gillis has since reached out to McPhee and said that his intention was not to create a Luongo distraction. McPhee was appreciative of the gesture and stated “it was a first class thing to do.”
This is not the first time that Gillis has played the media to help build up a potential Luongo deal, only to have little merit behind it. Earlier this month Gillis told the Vancouver Sun that a deal was in place to move Luongo and he was waiting on the other team to move one player before the deal could be announced.
As time went by, that statement turned to ashes, begging the question if Gillis is becoming desperate to move Luongo and is trying to create a false market for him when there may be very few teams interested.
Luongo is set to make his fourth straight tonight in Edmonton.