Pressing Question Of The Day: Will Roberto Luongo Relinquish The Captaincy?
This hockey starved city of Vancouver never stops to say hi; instead it jumps directly to the question.
Instead of greeting Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin with how’s your summer been, or golf game or a number of other queries, it was right to the Canucks Captaincy.
Of course you’re not going to get any response that resembles an interest in this topic, instead the usual - Roberto is a great captain, best I’ve ever played under, he’s our leader, and you know the normal programmed response you would expect from a team guy.
Now I’m not going to go into story number 55 on who should be captain, been there, done that, but instead focus on another point.
Somewhere in all this Luongo, has been contemplating this captaincy issue while training in Florida with former goalie coach Ian Clark. Lou is a proud, determined man who will have to have an answer by the time he arrives in Vancouver because you know that’s going to be the first question out of the mouths of the media.
This cannot be a distraction at training camp as there are a tonne of other matters to rectify before the season starts. Those that have followed Luongo since he joined the Canucks, are aware that he has had slow starts to the season and I’m sure Lou will want to put the brakes on that.
This much we know, GM Mike Gillis must have had some dialogue with Luongo over the summer about the need to come to decision about the captaincy because Gillis announced he would, at the Canucks Summer Summit.
It was obvious during the play-offs as the Canucks were losing to Chicago, that with the skipping of the post game interviews, Luongo was not comfortable answering some of the media questions.
Being the last line of defense will do that to you some times.
CaptnCanuck (his Twitter name) who as we know wears his heart on his sleeve tweeted this after the play-offs.
Devastated. Thanks to the fans of Vancouver, the best, wish we could have given you more. A bitter end to another enjoyable season in van..
So with all that has gone on, the play of Luongo last year and during the play-offs, in my humble opinion, this captaincy trial has not been successful.
What we don’t know is whether Luongo will bite the bullet and step down from this appointment.
If Bobby Lou is the team man that I think he is, he will step down for the good of the team and have that Vezina type season I wrote about several weeks ago.
Other Matters Canuck Related – Cody Hodgson is skipping the Young Prospects Tournament, or so says management. Are they still concerned about his back or his he now been looked at as a veteran?
The first part I can see (back) but how would he be elevated above Jordan Schroeder who performed at a higher level with the Manitoba Moose?
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN NHL garnered a quote from an anonymous NHL GM about the Canucks "They're the team to beat in the West in my mind".
Latest: Canucks GM Mike Gillis divulged today that Cody Hodgson's back injury had been misdiagnosed back in April. No wonder he had so much trouble re-habbing and was confused. I would have gone and got another opinion too once I found out.
So for those out there dishing him, now you know he's not all about himself, he's just looking after his health and welfare which equates into his career.
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