Vancouver Canucks: Update on the Goaltending Situation

Riley KuftaContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks congratulates goalie Cory Schneider #35 after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL action on November 29, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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For those who stopped following the Vancouver Canucks once they lost in the first round, there have been some twists regarding the Nucks' No. 1 goaltender. 

After losing the top spot to Schneider in the playoffs, a reporter questioned Luongo on the situation, found here on TSN. When asked about his no-trade clause, Luongo said the following: 

It's going to be what's best for the team, whatever scenario that is, I'm okay with it - whether that involves me being here or not is okay. We've got a lot of potential in this locker room, there's a great core of guys, and the chance to do something special.

Luongo went on to praise Schneider for his strong play, and commented that he doesn't want to stand in the way of anything. 

A few days later, Nick Kypreos tweeted that Luongo had actually requested a trade, but that was never confirmed by any of the Canucks' management nor Luongo for quite some time. 

On May 21, word came out that Cory Schneider's agent, Mike Liut, believed the decision regarding the No.1 goalie as imminent as we might believe, stating, "'Having both goalies back in Vancouver is a definite possibility and probably the leading possibility.'" 

Mike Gillis also called this scenario a "distinct possibility."

This information came as quite a contraction to the general feeling and belief that both Luongo and Schneider are both capable and desiring of being starting goaltenders. 

Four days later, the story heated up when Alain Vigneault stated on a radio show that Luongo does in fact want out of Vancouver, a rumor that had previously gone unconfirmed. 

Both Mike Gillis and Vigneault were quick to retract the statement, claiming Vigneault had misspoken. 

In six days since, there have been no updates on the story. 

So, where does this put us?

Essentially, this puts us right back at square one. 

Luongo is willing to waive his no-trade clause; we know that. But does he want out? Are the Canucks trying to move him? Are they trying to move Schneider? Did Vigneault misspeak, or did he accidentally reveal the truth? 

All of these questions remain unanswered, and we might just have to wait until the entry draft until more insight and information is given.