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Roberto Luongo's time with the Canucks may not be over yet.
It's so hard to say goodbye.
More than a full calendar year after Cory Schneider deposed incumbent Roberto Luongo in the 2012 NHL playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks' $64 million man is still on the roster, and still making headlines.
On April 27, the Canucks' final "mean-nothing" game caused a media firestorm. Filling in for an injured Cory Schneider, Luongo surrendered six third-period goals in a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, then stormed out of Rexall Place after the game without speaking to the media.
The day before their playoff campaign opens against the Sharks, Schneider told Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun that he's ready to start the series, but Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault is keeping the door open for any possibility.
Whether it's opening Game 1 or playing later in the playoffs, Luongo is bound to make an appearance at some point. This is supposed to be Schneider's time to shine but Luongo's play—good or bad—will continue to draw attention and will likely go a long way towards determining Vancouver's playoff fortunes.
Schneider and Luongo winning a Cup together with the Canucks might be the only fitting resolution to this strange goaltending saga.
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