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by Paul on 08/15/13 at 08:36 AM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks’ executives covered the timeline from the moment Luongo asked for a trade. They also explained their hands were tied in the end because ownership told them a buyout was a non-starter.
They pushed the idea this can be the fresh start Luongo was seeking, right here in Vancouver with its new head coach.
"We both have a good rapport with Luongo," Gilman said. "I think it went as well as it could have gone.
"I understand where he’s coming from. He requested a trade after the 2012 season. He anticipated he was going to be traded.
"I don’t think he ever contemplated that Cory (Schneider) would be traded. Neither did Cory for that matter.
"I think it was a rather shocking turn of events for him and that’s the biggest emotion he experienced."
After the July meeting, Luongo told people privately it didn’t change much. He still wanted his fresh start in a new town, though he understood he didn’t have leverage to make it happen.
Will he feel the same way next summer?
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