Defencemen Rob Davison has a message for all the crease-crashers out there: Think twice before venturing into Roberto Luongo's territory this season.
"It's not going to happen if I'm on the ice," said the 6'3", 220-lb blueliner. "If he gives Luongo a shot, he's going to pay a price. If it happens, the score needs to be settled."
Having signed with Vancouver to a one-year deal this off-season, Davison is ready to patrol the back end for the Canucks, while making Luongo's life a lot easier.
At training camp, Davison was strong along the boards and rarely beaten one-on-one, as the stay-at-home bruiser played his role to a tee.
"I'm not going to get you 20 goals or anything," he said. "The thing [GM Mike Gillis] told a few of the guys he brought in is that he felt that he wanted to add some character, some grittiness and some toughness. It's part of my game and it's a lot of fun for me to play that way."
Coach Alain Vigneault concurs.
"That's one of the reasons why we brought Rob in, just so we have the mix of guys who can move the puck and guys who have that physical presence," he said.