While in Penticton for the Canucks Young Stars Tourney, Mike Gillis mentioned that his long-awaited, much-anticipated conversation with Roberto Luongo about the Canucks captaincy will take place today.
“I think the expectations that go with that position or that title in a Canadian city can be a distraction,” Gillis said. “I will discuss it with him (Monday) and I will find out whether he feels the same way and get his thoughts on the process.
“I know he desperately wants to win a Stanley Cup and he is going to do everything in his power to do that. If he feels it is a distraction or hinders his play in any way, I’m sure he will make a decision that is the best decision for the team first and for him second.”
So will we have a new Canucks captain by this time tomorrow? It’s certainly possible and the list of candidates most likely include Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, both of whom served as alternate captains last season. It’s also possible that Luongo will decide to keep the ‘C’, though I think it’s pretty obvious that Gillis prefers he doesn’t.
Regardless, I’m glad this issue will be put to rest soon. Main camp is only a few days away, and with the Canucks already dealing with the Cody Hodgson fiasco they really don’t need any other distractions. The sooner they can resolve this, the sooner they can get back to focusing on hockey. And the sooner the rest of us can move on and stop making up fake controversies.