Luongo 'in shock'

LANCE HORNBY and MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Roberto Luongo let out a nervous chuckle when asked about the prospect of facing Mike Keenan's Calgary Flames eight times next season.

"I'm still in shock at what has happened," Luongo said of the coach's hiring.

Keenan's war of wills over a new contract when both were in Florida resulted in the one-sided trade that put Luongo in Vancouver and on the path to Hart and Vezina nominations.

PAID HIS DUES

Michel Therrien says the team has "no regrets" waiting two full seasons to make Sidney Crosby captain of the Penguins.

"He used that time to gain a lot of respect around the league," the Penguins head coach said. "But we needed to surround him with a lot of good veterans such as Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts. I like the mix we've got here now."

SUNDIN SUPPORTER

When Mats Sundin opted to sign a one-year contract earlier this week, he said he was following in the footsteps of Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic.

Sakic, 38, has had a series of one-year deals because it allows him to review his future options and mull over potential retirement after each and every season.

Those are exactly the reasons Sundin listed for choosing a short-term deal.

"For me, I think it's the ideal way to go," Sakic said last night. "If you decide at the end of the season you want to call it quits you are not saddling the team with (extra years of salary)."

As for Sundin, Sakic feels he has plenty of hockey left in the tank.

"Of course he does," Sakic said. "He's still one of the league's elite players. He still has plenty of go-go-go in him."

OOPS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at his politically correct best when handing out the Lester B. Pearson award, which goes to the league MVP as selected by the players.

While noting that the Ottawa Senators hosted a Stanley Cup final game for the first time in 80 years, he was quick to point out that the champion Anaheim Ducks "had the most Canadian players in the league."

Pearson winner Sidney Crosby was not as smooth.

After accepting the award, Sid the Kid acknowledged Marty Brodeur and Vincent Lecavalier for their fine seasons.

Just one problem. Brodeur was not a finalist for the Pearson -- Roberto Loungo was.


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