Captain Luongo Talks to GM Gillis

Sometime next week Vancouver Canucks’ GM, Mike Gillis, will have a decision on whether or not veteran number one goalie, Roberto Luongo, will still carry the captaincy into the new season. After a less than stellar play-offs, which saw him post an un Luongo like .895 save percentage, along with a 3.23 GAA in 12 play-off games, Gillis was toying with the idea of perhaps making someone else team captain. Prior to any decision Gillis wants to have a discussion with Luongo who registered a 40-22-4 regular season record with a 2.57 GAA and a .913 save percentage. “There will be a discussion and a debate, but at the end of the day it’s always my call if I want something done with this team, or if I want a change made,” Gillis said. “But we definately look to people for input and get their feelings and get their vision about things, and it’s influential. We’re going to go through a process with him and get to the bottom of it before the season begins, and we’ll move on.” Ever since Luongo became captain Gillis has been criticized by many, including Don Cherry, who has on many occassions in Coaches Corner expressed his view on the matter. Reflecting on his play last season Gillis strongly believes that, Luongo, who struggled badly at times against the Chicago Blackhawks in round two, was not affected, like everyone thinks he was, by the captaincy. “No. I don’t think it affected him, Gillis said. “But I also think that if Luongo feels that it did, or of it being a little much on gamedays, then we are going to look at it, and make an evaluation.” The general manager has kept things in perspective and has not gotten carried away by the various hockey publications who are picking them to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. “But you have to have a lot of things go your way that are out of your control,” Gillis said. “Injuries play a major factor. I think our team is really deep in every area. I don’t think we have a glaring weakness that needs to be addressed at this point in time, but injuries and different things can change that. These guys have to come together and perform, and we have get a little lucky.”

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