Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
One may spin and spin and still be an incompetent.
Canucks Mike Gillis can try to justify the decision to trade Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo after all of this nonsense any old way he pleases. Was it about getting a good value for whatever asset they could unload? Was it about how unmovable the Luongo contract ended up being? Was it about not wanting to buy out Luongo because of how much it would cost? Was it all of those things? Was it something else?
At the end of the day, this was handled in an absolutely abhorrent manner by the Canucks, and the only thing that made you forget what a friggin' sideshow all of it was pretty much from the outset was how publicly good-natured Luongo himself was about it.
Here's how bad it got by the end: The team's owner had to go to Luongo's house in Florida to personally tell him about the deal in the seconds before it happened, while Schneider was left to find out about it on television, even though the deal was apparently agreed the night before.
The problem with all of this is obviously right out there. They pissed Luongo off by going to Schneider down the stretch and then in the playoffs in 2011-12, then they said they would move him, then they didn't. Then they said they'd figure it out at some point this season, then they didn't. And now they've been forced to settle for what has always been simultaneously the most inevitable and least-comfortable conclusion, much to their own detriment.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if this were the last major decision of Gillis' tenure in Vancouver.
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