Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on the Team 1040 this morning, and though he didn’t have much new information, he did have one interesting comment.
Asked by Jason Botchford about the team’s interest in signing Sami Salo, Gillis said:
“We were comfortable going one year at a time with Sami… Players in that category (over 35) even if they decide not to play they’re still on your cap, so we felt for our purposes a one year term was best, felt that the free agent group was going to be much stronger next summer.”
Bit of a long and boring quote, but right at the end, Gillis tipped us off on why he wouldn’t commit to more than a year for Salo and that he’d rather have as much available cap space as possible next summer.
Hmm, a strong group of free agent defensemen next summer. Looks like he might have his eyes set on someone in particular… wonder who he might mean? (Hint: he fired a shot so hard it ripped a hole right through the netting during the 2010 Olympics.)
Botchford mentioned that there were reports last week that Robert Luongo hadn’t agreed to waive his no trade clause for Toronto, and asked if Luongo has submitted a list of teams.
“So far we’ve been listening and when we have something framed that is something we’d be prepared to do, then the discussion goes to teams. That report was not correct. Until we have something that we’d like to do, there’s no sense in talking about which teams.”
I pretty much echoed his comment in a tweet when I heard of the trade rejection last week:
Right, apparently bogus rumours fire me up. Anyway, Gillis was also asked if any progress has been made on the Luongo trade front.
“What you consider progress or lack of progress, that’s a very difficult thing to define because you have a variety of levels that you’re talking about.”
No news there. Who knows, though, the trade could happen at any moment. Whatever you do, people, stay close to your phones…