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 14 points to start the season.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has made no secret he's actively shopping Luongo, who entered 2013 as Schneider's backup after posting his fewest wins (31) since 2003-04. Luongo also gave way to Schneider after dropping the first two games of a first-round playoff loss to eighth-seeded Los Angeles.
Schneider started four of the team's first five games this year, posting a 3.13 goals-against average and being relieved by Luongo in an opening-night loss to Anaheim.
Luongo has been solid, though, going 1-0-2 with a 1.61 GAA after making 24 saves in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Colorado...