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Canucks goalie Lack out six months (hip surgery)

Jan 29, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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If the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo, they’ll have to find another goalie to back up Cory Schneider — because it won’t be Eddie Lack.

Not this season, at least.

The club announced today that Lack has had hip surgery and will take six months to recover.

“After consultation with our team physicians, it was deemed that Eddie Lack would require a procedure on his hip,” said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis in a statement. “We expect Eddie to make a complete recovery and continue his professional career after a successful rehabilitation program.”

Prior to today’s announcement, there were already concerns that Lack wasn’t ready to take the No. 2 spot on the Canucks. Though the 25-year-old’s AHL numbers have been very good, he’s yet make his NHL debut.

It’s doubtful Lack’s surgery will change Gillis’s willingness to move Luongo; however, it will require Gillis to acquire a back-up should Luongo be dealt.

  1. stakex - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I would be suprised… no shocked, if Luongo is traded this season.

    First of all, Schneider has stumbled out of the gate. Hes had a couple solid games, but also a couple pretty bad games as well. If Gillis trade Luongo and then Schneider continues to play on and off hockey…he could find himself without a job. Especially if Luongo goes on to play really well somewhere else. If Schneider pulls it together and strings together 5-10 solid starts, then the odds of a Luongo trade do go up. On the flip side, if Schneider takes a nose dive Luongo isn’t going anywhere.

    Also, with the short and compressed season teams need to have a solid backup to play a few games. Having two number one quality goalies is a huge bonus in a short season, even if its a bit awkward. Hanging on to Luongo and having him play 15-20 games, as well as being the best backup in the league for the playoffs isn’t a bad idea.

    • kitshky - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      I agree with almost everything you just said, but I still won’t be surprised if Luongo gets traded. Just seems too much like a done deal and Vancouver’s got some major (did I mention major) weakness and holes to fill.

  2. jovocop2112 - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Totally true, but one of those weaknesses has been goaltending. As much as it throws a kink in the new ‘status quo’ Luongo has been outplaying Schneider (at least for this first week). With Lack out, there really is no justifiable reason to trade Lu now unless we are getting a truly excellent center and at least decent back-up goalie in return. Something along the lines of Fleischmann/Bjugstad and Clemmenson from Florida, but lord know that’s not going to happen no matter how many games the Cats lose

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