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Will Schneider and Luongo team up to start the season?
The trade embargo lifted on January 12, and Roberto Luongo is still a Vancouver Canuck.
The tradewinds continue to swirl, but Luongo is back in town and there's a very real possibility that Canuck fans will see both goalies in action as the team plays back-to-back games on the season's first weekend.
Luongo told Jason Botchford of The Province that he's willing to stay in Vancouver for as long as it takes general manager Mike Gillis to complete a deal:
I told him (Gillis) I was ready to go as long as it took, whether that’s a couple days, next week, two weeks, or at the end of the season, it’s totally fine with me. I’m open to a lot of possibilities. I think me and Mike right now are on the same page about certain things and until there’s an answer for me I’ll just wait patiently.
The 2010 Olympic gold medalist also reminded us that he has a pretty good track record as a backup goalie:
I’m just going to show up, have fun, enjoy the game, and you know whatever happens, happens. I’m not going to stress myself about a trade or how many games I’m going to play. I’m just going to enjoy it. Last time I did that (in the 2010 Winter Games) I think things worked out pretty well for me.
For his part, Cory Schneider remains unflappable and is preparing for the season as the team's No. 1 stopper. He told Ben Kuzma of The Province that he's ready to handle the back-to-back games on his own:
That’s fine with me. I feel better when I get right back into it the next night and just not think about it. I hope the first one goes well and with the second one, maybe I can build off the first one. I’m going to have to get used to a lot of three-in-four-nights and back-to-backs.
At worst, the Canucks are starting the season with two very good goalies. The radio call-in shows will be sure to feature plenty more heated discussion for as long as Roberto Luongo remains a Vancouver Canuck.
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