On Sept. 30, 2008, history was made when Roberto Luongo was named as the 12th team captain of the Vancouver Canucks, a bold move by upper management that made the Montreal-native the very first goaltender to be named captain by the organization and merely the seventh in NHL history. A bold move but perhaps more importantly, a publicity stunt. Ever since he was acquired from the Florida Panthers in 2006, Luongo has undoubtedly been the Canucks' franchise player, bringing a close to the long-running tradition of the "goalie graveyard" in Vancouver. With Luongo's future in Vancouver threatened by his expiring contract at the end of the 2009-10 season, general manager Mike Gillis knew he'd have to do something big to remind Luongo that he was the most important member of the team and the Can ...
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