Liut told The Vancouver Sun on Monday that he hopes that the Luongo trade saga can play out sooner rather than later. "Our concern is we were hoping that this would be the year that Cory would play 75 per cent of the games," Liut told the paper. "We are only interested in resolution, we are not going to get into the finger-pointing game and to that end you have to take a step back and you have to give them latitude to make a business decision."
"If they are both there for the entire season, and it's a 48-game season, and Roberto plays 40 games, that's a disaster," Liut said. "That's an extreme and I don't think that's going to happen, but certainly the sooner the better. "Roberto is established, everybody knows what he can do, and you've got another one in Cory, who hopes to get an opportunity to play (as a No. 1) for the first time, and we've got this fractured season."
"What you have is two goalies and there's only one net and you are trying to trade one of them. So you have to play him. Now it's four games in a row, does that give you some concern at the same time? Sure, because with a player like Cory you want to see him play every night."
Luit also commented on the whispers that trading Scheider is always an option saying "Vancouver has a decision to make with their goaltending, everybody knows that. We don't need to add more to it than that. Everyone wants it resolved and if it can get resolved that will be better for everybody."
Canucks GM Mike Gillis responded to Luits’ comments in an interview saying, "We are conscious of ice time and we have to win games," he said. "We don't have the luxury of peoples' feelings."
Looks like behind the scenes in Vancouver the goalie situation is getting to be a problem and a distraction, word is the friendship between the two goalies is starting to become fractured and very uncomfortable. The problem Gillis has now is that there really is no market for Luongo not because he’s playing poorly or too old but for one simple fact Luongo contract is something teams just don’t want to saddle themselves with.
Gillis rolled the dice by not trading him in the summer hoping he could get more teams involved in a trade unfortunately Gillis has come up snakes eyes because teams like Toronto & Florida, the two front runner, played their way out of needing Luongo. In the case of the Maple Leafs Reimer has shown that he just might be as good as they thought and Kadri has come out of the gate fast with four goals to start the season. In the case of the Panthers not only are they cash strapped but with the terrible start to the season bring in Luongo and his contract to just miss the playoffs would be professional suicide for the GM and maybe the organization.
So now Gillis is stuck with a goalie in Scheider who they signed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the club in the summer, on the bench and unhappy and a goalie in Luongo who is playing great and won’t be a back-up to anyone. And let’s be honest the Canucks have not changed their outlook on who is going to be the #1 goalie in Vancouver, that’s Scheinder. Gillis is going to eventually have to drastically lower is asking price just to ship him out of Vancouver before there’s a mutiny not only with the team but with the Fans.
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