I don't buy into Dregger's comments. To be honest I don't believe Mg offered up Luongo for Scrivs and 2 draftpicks. Total B.S.
The only way I see this being true (Lu for Scrivs + 2 picks, repeated calls to TO during the last hour) is if MG was trying to accommodate Luongo and trying to move him, regardless of return, simply out of respect and appreciation for Roberto and what he's done for this team.
And while MG has historically gone out of his way to accommodate his players, I don't see him taking an insulting lowball deal just to make Lu happy.
Here's the obvious: trading Lu for Scrivens+ picks (or for any deal with just picks or prospects or minor additions) would not improve the Canucks chances for the playoffs. In fact, these types of deals would weaken the team.
The Canucks are stronger with Lu backing up Schneids than with Scrivens (when all the dust settles and everyone calms down, this will become pretty clear). The Canucks are also stronger with 2 quality goalkeepers than with anything that was on offer for the deadline (according to the rumoured returns).
The only ways it made sense to move Lu (at this trade deadline):
(1) if MG was able to make more deals for several impact players (outside of the Lu trade). Then, you move Lu for whatever package you can get, just to clear the cap space needed to get the acquisitions into the lineup and under the cap (including LTIR). If Gillis had been able to acquire 2-3 other players (like Jagr, Clarkson, Clowe, etc.) then you move Lu for picks because you need to make the space
(2) if someone actually offers a quality return: even if just picks. If you can get something really valuable, then you pull the trigger no matter when it is during the season
Otherwise, MG is correct to wait until the offseason. Simply because the team has a better chance to win with Lu than with any of the packages they were offered at the deadline. A downgrade in goal (Scrivens) wouldn't help. Picks and prospects don't help right now either and, since the offers were quite meager, the Canucks can likely get better (or at least the same) during the improved trade climate leading up to the NHL Draft.
All indications are that MG worked really hard to improve this team, right up to the last minute before the deadline. The Canucks were in a several potential deals for significant players and they worked the phones with a handful of serious suitors for Luongo. They acquired Roy in a deal that, even outside of Vancouver, is almost universally views as a steal and a big win for Gillis (even fans who hate the Canucks call this a good move by MG).
It's been a seemingly endless and very frustrating road, for Lu and for all of us, but Gillis is correct in continuing to be patient and to take the long view. Luongo will get moved and Gillis will get the best result he can. Until this thing plays itself out, we can't judge the final result because we haven't seen it. Certainly, Gillis' reputation (and possibly his job) is hanging in the balance but we'll have to wait for another day before we can judge whether or not MG made the right choices.