With training camp just three weeks away John Tortorella has kept the lines of communication open with his No. 1 goaltender and knows he's ready to report.

In an interview with The Vancouver Sun on Wednesday the Vancouver Canucks head coach said he's been in constant contact with Roberto Luongo and added that the veteran netminder just wants to focus on what has to be done on the ice.

"I don't want to get into specifics but I have talked to Roberto four times" he told the paper. "In fact I just talked to him yesterday. I'll tell you from talking with him he has told me he is working very hard as far as conditioning and getting ready for this season.

"He knows there is a lot of talk and probably a lot of questions coming his way with how it all unfolded here. I think he's prepared for that and the bottom line is he told me 'I just want to play.'"

The Canucks raised plenty of eyebrows at the NHL Draft when general manager Mike Gillis dealt away presumed No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider instead of Luongo.