Here’s Gillis’ assessment of the marathon meeting:
Hockey needs a little drama, right? Well, the Roberto Luongo situation in Vancouver gets more interesting by the day. So early last week Canuck’s GM Mike Gillis trucks it down to Florida for a three and a half hour meeting with his enigamtic goalie. Three and a half hours? Are you kidding me?
It wasn’t strained or adversarial at all. Roberto is still working his way through how everything occurred and what happened and I think he’s going to be fine. I think he’s the consummate professional, I think he’ll be the starting goalie for Canada’s Olympic team and he’ll be our starting goalie. I feel very optimistic about it.
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of happiness and contentment for a guy who has nine years left on a 12 year, $64 million contract. Roberto is “working his way through it,” and Gillis thinks “he’s (Luongo) going to be fine.”
And I haven’t even mentioned Tortorella yet. There’s a one-man soap opera who doesn’t seem comfortable without angst and drama as his closest companions. When asked if there was a possibility that Luongo may not report to camp, the coach put Roberto’s situation pretty bluntly,
That’s never even crossed my mind. He is our guy … we won’t get a sniff if he’s not our goalie.
So while you’re cheering for our Bolt’s this season, but still looking for a little hockey spice in your life, keep listening for the rumors and rumblings in Vancouver. You won’t be disappointed.