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"The organization had two critical decisions to make, one on the coach and another on the goalies.

After some internal debate, which wasn’t insignificant, Gillis will bring back Alain Vigneault. And once the head coach’s extension is finalized soon here, it’s on to the biggest trade the Canucks have made since acquiring Roberto Luongo in 2006. That will be trading Roberto Luongo.

Interestingly, it was Gillis who called Luongo “the best goaltender in the world” and vowed in 2008 to build the team around his goalie. But sometime this season, long before Cory Schneider started the last three games of the Canucks postseason, the organization reached a conclusion that it was in its best interest to keep Schneider, 26."

http://www.theprovin...1333/story.html

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Luongo is gone. You can't come out (in the playoffs for that matter) and state to the media that your backup goalie gives you the best chance at winning. You can't. If there was a reason to ask for a trade (in Luongo's case) that would be it. it's not about sharing ice-time or anything like that. The Canucks came out and said Luongo is their second best chance at winning. /story.

If the Canucks really want to keep Raymond, take him to arbitration, but realistically they should just walk away from him. If they qualify him it's like a 2.8 cap hit, which is ridiculous. You could buy out Malhotra's contract, but they should just cut him at the end of camp and send him the minors. At least if he's willing to go there, it would probably help our farm tremendously. It's time for some of our youth to come out and compete for jobs. With some of the cap savings and another player trade maybe we can acquire another significant piece to puzzle, at least cap wise.

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"The organization had two critical decisions to make, one on the coach and another on the goalies.

After some internal debate, which wasn’t insignificant, Gillis will bring back Alain Vigneault. And once the head coach’s extension is finalized soon here, it’s on to the biggest trade the Canucks have made since acquiring Roberto Luongo in 2006. That will be trading Roberto Luongo.

Interestingly, it was Gillis who called Luongo “the best goaltender in the world” and vowed in 2008 to build the team around his goalie. But sometime this season, long before Cory Schneider started the last three games of the Canucks postseason, the organization reached a conclusion that it was in its best interest to keep Schneider, 26."

http://www.theprovin...1333/story.html

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Botch,telling it like it is again:

But something changed this year. Gillis pulled the trigger on his biggest trade when he dealt Cody Hodgson. That shakeup was significant, and changed the dynamic of the Canucks. Not in a good way.

The result didn’t help. The Canucks were quashed in the first round of the playoffs, mostly because they couldn’t score.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Canucks+Gillis+reeling+Vigneault+back+exit+Luongo+next/6631333/story.html#ixzz1vB4Bwm1c

Gillis could use some luck at the draft. Aside from Hodgson, Yann Sauve is the only player he’s drafted who has played in the NHL and he’s played just five games.

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It's just another useless, premature claim from the Province - something they love to make.

The Province had numbered AV's days, and it seems pretty clear the MG has no intention of numbering AV's days.

Now they are determined to claim that the Luongo decision was made "long before" game 3 of the playoffs.

What is the point exactly? Trying to imply what and why? I see absolutely no point why the Canucks would make that decision "long before" that. There was simply no point in making such a premature decision, when they to this day have had no reason to write a decision like that in stone. Not much story here.

"But sometime this season, long before Cory Schneider started the last three games of the Canucks postseason, the organization reached a conclusion"

Just unnecessary, overly dramatic stuff. As usual, simply don't buy what the Province has to sell.

ps. this isn't another Hodgson thread.

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