Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/24/13 at 10:10 AM ET
from David Ebmer of the Globe and Mail,
“We were laughing for most of it,” Gillis told fans of the first conversation in Florida. “It wasn’t strained or adversarial at all.” Gillis did highlight several levels of Luongo’s personal pain, one being that he felt that he took more blame than others for Vancouver losing the 2011 Stanley Cup. As for the latest development in the incredible goaltending saga, Gillis said: “He’s working his way through everything that happened.”...
So, given the stakes, it can be presumed come September Luongo will arrive in Vancouver on a redemption narrative, with the gusto and motivation to prove naysayers wrong, rather than nursing old wounds, bemoaning what did not happen.
John Tortorella, the new head coach, had spoken with Luongo by phone shortly after the Schneider trade, “I think he’s going to be fine.” Tortorella said an important factor is “what he wants to do next” in hockey, in terms of accomplishments, alluding to the coming season and the Olympics. He said Luongo will be key to any Canucks success.
“He’s a hell of a goalie,” said Tortorella. “We’re going to jump on his back.”
added 11:04am, Watch Gillis talk about Luongo below...
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