Hockey Widow wrote:But he has never asked for a trade.
A moot point though. Luongo has made it clear he prefers not to return to Vancouver and share starts or even back up Schneider next season.
Hockey Widow wrote:Lets face it, in 2 years Luongo can contractually demand a trade and has to provide a list of teams. So if he has to he can wait it out two more seasons and at that point then MG, or whoever is the GM, will have his hands tied.
I actually see that as being to Gillis' advantage. Right now, Luongo thinks "it may be time for a trade" and doesn't have to provide a list and has full veto power. In 2 years, Luongo can demand a trade and at least have to provide a list of preapproved teams. And while Gillis may be "contractually" obligated to move Luongo, I'm almost 100% certain that it's not a contractual clause that can be upheld under the CBA (the old one at least).
Hockey Widow wrote:I am more surprised that AV got extended because he more than anyone has been pushed to make line up changes that he was reluctant to do on his own, with respect to Cory. He loves Luongo and Luongo is still his number one. If he is back I'd expect Luongo to get the nod as the number one. After all MG would want to showcase him no?
Is that inside info in regards to AV liking Luongo more and thinking he is better or is that just a personal thought?
As for being surprised that AV got extended are you surprised that Gillis extended him or that AV accepted the extension? Either way, I'm not that surprised. I feel Gillis appreciates his working relationship with Vigneault and thinks Vigneault is a good coach. While AV might have fought with Gillis over lineup changes and assistant coach firings/hirings, from Gillis' standpoint, he does have a coach who is receptive to Gillis' plans and Gillis seems to value stability. The coach can be fired if the Canucks disappoint again in the playoffs while firing the coach now might upset the apple cart. Keeping the coach is the easiest choice. From AV's standpoint, I bet AV enjoys the stability. He's got a GM who has backed him up at every turn and has listened to him and brought in the type of players AV likes. And given AV's success with the Canucks, he probably feels he has a guaranteed NHL job after the Canucks and right now there isn't another team hiring that has a better chance to win the Cup. More importantly, what are AV's options? He's under contract for another year and coaches generally don't choose go into the season as a lame duck coach. AV is not going to want to go through next season and then hope a better opportunity is available in the summer. Worse, if there is a lockout, there might be fewer job openings. Taking that 2 year extension is a no brainer really.