Sick of him, yet? Gillis in now saying that they chose to keep Lou.
No surprise as it wasn't rocket science to see that might be the better option - assuming you think that Luongo is still a top tier goalie or at least as good as Schneider would be. The same logic that made it seem like the Canucks had to trade Luongo and keep Schneider meant Schneider was better trade bait. And if you think about it, the choice they had was really this: Schneider, some second tier assets like Tyler Bozak and a third round pick, and some cap space...but maybe not much if they had to eat some of Luongo's contract... versus a top 10 blue chip prospect and some cap space (Schneider's $4M less a backup goalie - currently Eddie Lack at $750K).
Plenty of stories that Gillis didn't like what he was being offered for Luongo - if he had been offered anything in the ballpark, he probably goes with Schneider, but because the assets coming back didn't help the Canucks, he didn't pull the trigger. The offers weren't great because of the contract - team has to pay twice, once in trade bait and once in cap space. But for the Canucks, the contract is less of an issue than the log-jam of two starting goalies and the need for some good, young talent. I doubt Bo Horvat plays in Vancouver this year, even though he played like a guy trying to make the NHL in the OHL playoffs and the Memorial Cup. But he could be what Vancouver has wanted for a while - a power centre behind the twins.
Gillis's story is likely revisionist, but its not the worst gamble I've seen. (Easy, shupe...)