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In Vancouver: Luongo Talk

08/05/2009 at 5:00pm EDT

GM Mike Gillis, on negotiations with Roberto Luongo, from TSN:

“I think philosophically we’re very close and I think to get top players signed it usually does take a longer period of time,” Gillis told the station on Tuesday. “We’ve had a lot of stuff happen in the meantime. We were moving really well and then we had the draft and free-agency and some other distractions occurred. But we feel really confident that we’re all on the same page and it’s only a matter of everyone getting focussed on the final part of it to get it done. We intend to (get it done before the season). We hope to. I know Laurence (Gilman) has had some discussions with Roberto’s agent as early as yesterday. We’re getting there and we’re confident that we’ll get something done.”

Luongo, 30 is entering the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract.

Lord only knows what “philosophically” close means in hockey negotiations. Perhaps signing Jannik Hansen is what will finally inspire Luongo to sign Gillis’ deal?? (In which case, Gillis really does deserve that new Presidential title...) Or perhaps Louie is just waiting for some “philosophical discussions” on the topic of Matt Sundin, or some other imagined magic 8 ball for the coming season?

Then again, there’s always Jerry McGuire’s favorite “philosophy of negotiation”... i.e. Show me the money!

Yep, that might be it, too… :)

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