Update: According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, Gillis reached out to Capitals general manager George McPhee to let him know that his intention in attending the game was not to cause a distraction involving goaltender Roberto Luongo and the DC-based club.

McPhee was impressed with Gillis’ professionalism. “That’s a first-class thing to do,” McPhee told ESPN.

February 4th: Only a few weeks ago, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he had a possible deal ready for moving Roberto Luongo if a few dominoes fell.

The Sporting News reports that Gillis and assistant GM Laurence Gilman were at Sunday’s Pittsburgh Penguins verses Washington Capitals game. They could have been doing simple due diligence on the Eastern Conference. There is a possibility though they were scouting the Capitals and seeing if they like any of their pieces enough to strike a deal for Luongo.

Players Gillis could be interested in are young defenseman Dmitry Orlov and prospect Filip Forsberg.

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