As second-round playoff hockey begins simmering around the NHL, there is still no joy in Mudville.
It’s been nine long days since the Vancouver Canucks last played, and would anyone be surprised if there are nine more before there’s word on Alain Vigneault’s future?
OK, that could be a bit much.
At least the wait to learn Vigneault’s fate is keeping fans distracted from the cruel and unusual punishment of another summer of Roberto Luongo speculation.
If it’s any consolation, the players at the Luongo poker table should have changed. After the embittered, some would say personal, negotiation with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s unlikely the Canucks or the Leafs will be willing to go back down the Luongo road.
The Leafs have their guy in James Reimer — they think — and the Canucks should have options. And not just the Philadelphia Flyers, who were kicking Luongo trade tires at the deadline. There will be a lot of moving goalie chairs soon...