The decision over the future of the Vancouver Canucks' goaltending position might be the most important of general manager Mike Gillis's administration but, in analyzing things as they stand, there is one number that stands out for Roberto Luongo.

It is not the 10 years he has left on his contract. It's not the $5.333 million US annual cap hit he represents. It's not even the number of Stanley Cups he's won.

No, those are all relevant in the great Vancouver goaltending debate but the most important number connected to Luongo is this: 21,743.

And that isn't the number of times Canucks' fans have called the open-mouth shows saying: "We can't win with this guy.''