Found January 31, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Il_vancouver_canucks_b24c
Here we go again… Really? Do you want to talk about something else around the water cooler today? The Canucks won, so you have most, if not all of your hair; and it was only a Wednesday, so you’re probably not droopy eyed and clinging to that fifth cup of coffee. I just wanted to take a second to touch on the goalie issues the Canucks are currently having, or not currently having. I guess it depends on how you look at it all. The Plan The plan after an early exit for last seasons playoffs was to trade Roberto Luongo. Cory Schneider emerged as the new starter and it looked like Luongo’s time in Vancouver was all but done. Fast forward nine months and you have Roberto Luongo coming into training camp; surprised that he was still a member of the Vancouver Canucks, he even said it himself. Nine months isn’t a typical layoff between seasons mind you, but given the circumstances of the lockout and how it truncated the season, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Luongo is still here. What may have surprised people is how well Roberto has handled all of this since losing to the Kings last April. It’s been nothing but the right things said by Luongo and not in the typical hockey player cliche kind of way. Starting the season with two goalies had never been out of the question Starting the season with two goalies had never been out of the question for the Canucks management. They’ve said from day one that if they can’t find a deal that suites their needs, then they had no problem holding on to and playing both goalies. While most teams would chomp at the bit to have two starting goalies, some began to see this as a distraction. Perhaps in the locker room or in the media, but so far – again, it’s been nothing but class and the right things said by both goalies. Mike Gillis has also stayed true to his word – when a supposed deal to the Maple Leafs fell through, Gillis stuck to his guns, he didn’t make a trade for the sake of trading a player. Both goalies are in Vancouver and both have played and from what we can tell, will continue to play. Where do you go from here? If there really isn’t a suitable trade on the table for Luongo, then you have to play him, his resume is to decorated for him to be simply relegated to the bench, only to play in one of every five games or so. Having said that, you also have to play Cory Schneider, this is the guy that was told he was the number one after last years playoffs. He signed a three-year extension when he could have easily held out for a one-year deal in order to test the free agent market after this season, but he didn’t. So how do you make both goalies happy? Considering neither have complained once or so much as frowned at the idea of the other goalie getting games, you have to think that Schneider, who by all means is ready, really wants the net every night. But, he’s a team player, he has been since he’s been on the bench in Vancouver and I think he knows that the coaches go with who they feel gives them the best chance to win. I think from here you just have to continue to play the hot hand, the goalie who gives you the best chance at winning. If there isn’t a trade on the table you ride both through a 48 game season. If both are here at the end of the season and into the playoffs you have two very capable goalies who are ready to back one another up. Once this season comes to an end, that’s when you make your choice. Whether that is Schneider or Luongo, we’ll have to wait and see, at this point it may literally be “one day at a time, one game at a time”. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN THE CLUBHOUSE TODAY!
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
INTIMIDATING BUNCH

Blackhawks gave Luongo a scare

The Canucks beat the Blackhawks in a shootout, but the win didn't come without some worry from Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.

Canucks' Luongo shuts out Avalanche

Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his first win of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night. Luongo, who has been on the trading block since Cory Schneider replaced him as Vancouver's No. 1 goaltender, was rarely tested but still made some big saves in his 61st career shutout. With the Canucks leading 2-0 in the third, Luongo stopped...

About Last Night…Luongo Blanks Avalanche

Roberto Luongo turned in a 24-save shutout over the Colorado Avalanche last night as the Canucks improved to 3-2-2 this season. Zack Kassian had his fifth goal of the year in the win. Let’s take a look at the rest of a short night on ice. Chicago lost its first game of the season in a shootout 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild. The notable happening in that game was that goaltender Nicklas...

Blackhawks-Canucks Preview

It seemed a near certainty Roberto Luongo had played his final game in a Vancouver Canucks sweater after Cory Schneider supplanted him as the team's No. 1 goaltender during last season's playoffs. Now, he's proving to be an asset. Luongo will make his third straight start Friday night as Vancouver hosts the rival Chicago Blackhawks, who have earned 13 of a possible...

Goalie Soap Opera Only Beginning in Vancouver?

By Bill Kellett Getty Images No one in the city of Vancouver thought they would ever see Roberto Luongo in net again for the Vancouver Canucks. Yet, there he was between the pipes in the first game of the season. He took over in relief of the newly anointed No. 1 Cory Schneider after possibly his worst game in professional hockey. One game later, there he was again drawing the starting...

Ian Esplen: Back off, we're keeping him

Follow me on twitter @IanEsplen to chat hockey, sports and life in general anytime The stage is now set for a controversy, as Roberto Luongo played himself back into the number one role and all Cory Schneider could do was watch. But then again, that's nothing new in Vancouver when it comes to goaltenders; we like our goalies like we like our ice cream – a new flavour...

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Canucks: Hawks down but not out

Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em Boxscore | Recap  For all the hype, this was probably the tamest edition of the Canucks/Blackhawks rivalry. There was absolutely no rough stuff aside from Sheldon Brookbank chasing after Alex Burrows after he cheekily slipped the puck in the net on an offside call. Both teams came into the game saying all the right things about just wanting to get the...

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Canucks betting odds and handicapping preview – Feb. 1

For The NHL Gamblers! Headline: Heated and Hated Rivalry Continues – Canucks Host Blackhawks Friday Night One of the best rivalry’s in the NHL writes another chapter Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks, fresh of their first loss of the season (albeit a shootout loss) pays visit to the Vancouver Canucks who climbed over .500 with a 3-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday night...

6 down 42 to go! Canucks 2013 overachievers and underachievers

Best & Worst Nucks It may be an unusual season in terms of length in this post-lockout world, but aside from that it’s yet another year and yet another slow start for the Vancouver Canucks. However, unless the uncertain tangle the team is in gets unravelled mighty quick this year could be done and dusted. The middling start for the team matches the indifferent performance of...

Canucks Gameday: What Vancouver needs to do to win vs. Avs

Home, Sweet, Home The Vancouver Canucks are back at home for a quick two game home stand, which sees them play host tonight to the Colorado Avalanche tonight and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Here then are my Canucks gameday tips for how to put a W in the win column tonight. Glass Half Full The California road trip that saw the Canucks play three games in four nights probably...

It's All Tuukka's Fault.

Guess what everyone?   Thomas goes crazy and builds a bunker? It's all Tuukka's fault. J.F.K wasn't wearing a helmet? Tuukka's fault. Roberto Luongo's tires deflated? Tuukka's fault. Tom Brady blows against the Ravens? Tuukka' fault. U.S. recession? Tuukka's fault. Tsunami's? Totally...

Canucks Gameday: What Vancouver needs to do to win vs. Blackhawks

Here we go… time to renew hostilities The Vancouver Canucks are back in action tonight. They close out this two game home stand against their bitter rivals from the Central division, the Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight has a little something else going for it than most Canucks and Blackhawks games do. It will be the first time the two teams have played since Duncan Keith ended Daniel...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.