What sort of Vancouver sports blog would we be if we didn’t jump on this story?
-by J.D. Burke
As if trying to do his best to keep the Luongo story front and center, Mike Gillis showed up at the Penguins vs. Capitals game Sunday. This sort of thing will of course lead to speculation, and even if Bob McKenzie calls us conspiracy theorists, we will speculate!
Why the ‘Caps need Lou
Washington is off to a horrible start and although much of the blame lies with their porous defense and non-existent offense, their goaltending hasn’t been spectacular either. They’ve have gone back and forth between Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby with little success. The promising young duo have a combined 3.495 GAA and a .892 save percentage.
Following Holtby’s spectacular playoff run last year it looked as if the Capitals had finally found some stability. With this year’s start, their goaltending situation now is as murky as it was this time last year.
Luongo presents a massive upgrade. With him between the pipes, goaltending would be the least of the Capitals’ worries. He’d give them the confidence they need to play wide-open, fast-paced hockey and hopefully get Alex Ovechkin going.
Who Washington might trade
Karl Alzner, Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and John Carlson have emerged as possible returns in any deal. Another player Gillis might be interested in is center Marcus Johansson.
Johansson has had a terrible start. He’s been a healthy scratch twice already and hasn’t registered a single point. He’s also a minus-6. These stats may cause him to be an undervalued player (we know Gillis loves these).
In the short term Johansson could see time as the Canucks second-line center and when Ryan Kesler returns, he has the defensive acumen to make a great third liner.
Hopefully Gillis will come straight back to Vancouver and not innocently stop in another NHL city to catch a game. Doesn’t he know bloggers are watching his every move?
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