May 1, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save against San Jose Sharks during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks: Hockey Drama Headquarters

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?

Here’s Gillis’ assessment of the marathon meeting:

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.

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  • appaulled

    The controversy is mostly in the minds of hose who profit from controversy…..the media. Lu is a pro and wanted to be number one. He is and being well paid for. He knows this. He will show up, play well and prove all those who had reservations about his contract wrong. In a decade or so, he will be in the hall of fame. He may not have a Stanley Cup but I am betting he will have anouther Olympic metal. Winning the Cup….or not….is not solely on the the goalie. Lu played well in the playoffs but got no goal scoring support. The same is true for Cory. If they win a cup, it will be in part to Lu’s credit but not entirely. Same is true if they do not win.
    I look forward to Lu playing this year. He has something to prove and I am betting he will be outstanding. If he gets goal scoring support I foresee a long run in the playoffs.