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Luongo to start (again) Friday versus Blackhawks

Jan 31, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo congratulated by Cory Schneider Getty Images

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo will start his third straight game Friday night when the Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks.

The news comes one day after Luongo (1.61 GAA, .938 SV%) shut out the Avalanche in a 3-0 Vancouver victory.

The 33-year-old, who many thought would be traded by now, was also very good Monday against the Kings, despite losing 3-2 in a shootout.

Meanwhile, Cory Schneider will sit and watch as the man he was supposed to replace as starter gets the nod against one of the Canucks’ biggest rivals.

Vancouver GM Mike Gillis addressed his team’s goaltending situation today on TEAM 1040 radio, saying Luongo deserves to start based on the past two games.

Gillis also said he hasn’t “been thinking about, thought of, or considered” trading Schneider — an idea that’s been floated in the media recently.

  1. buffalomafia - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I thought Luongo was supposed to go to Philly?

    What’s Philly waiting for?

  2. steverolley - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Gillis also said he hasn’t “been thinking about, thought of, or considered” trading Schneider

    Isn’t it your job to think about these kinds of things, you know the old line “look at every possibility to make our team better”?

    Still if you trade Schneider your an idiot

    • bigtganks - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      If you heard the audio that’s what he said before that. That really anyone can get traded if it makes the team better and that they would look at it, and that no one has approached him either with that, and then he said… “that said, I haven’t been thinking about, thought of, or considered trading Schneider”.

    • stakex - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Well by next season Vancouver probably has to trade one of them, otherwise they will have $9.4 million tied up in goaltending. That might not sound terrible, but Vancouver already has $60 million commited to just 14 players next season… so two number one goaltenders are a luxury they can’t afford.

      So then the question is, if Luongo continues to play like this and isn’t traded before then, who do you trade in the off season? Do you trade the guy whos made your team a cup contender over the last few years, including a trip the the Cup finals? Or do you trade the guy whos played all of 68 NHL games over four years and struggled when he got his chance to take the starting job? There are obviously a lot of other factors that make it a tough call… but I think the Canucks would have a hard time getting rid of Luongo IF he has a really good year.

      Of course Luongo could blow up in a few games and have an awful finish to the season, or fold his tent again in the playoffs and make this a moot debate. If he doesn’t though…. this will be fun to watch. Either way I could see Gillies being fired over this mess that is of his own making.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      In the future, when calling someone an idiot, be sure to get your vs you’re correct

  3. 19to77 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Third and last consecutive start, assuming the game goes roughly how Luongo vs. Hawks matchups usually end. You know, tears, laughter, a seemingly infinite loop of Chelsea Dagger and Canucks goaltending changes…

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I heard Lou put a thick layer of sunblocker on his neck…

    • zetaone - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      So you think 7uongo will make his first appearance this year?

      • 19to77 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Minimum 5uongo, with a possibility of up to 9uongo. =D

    • jdd428 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Luongo’s career record vs. Chicago is 13-6-2.

      • jdd428 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        … as a member of the Canucks, that is.

      • 19to77 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        And yet, in just those six regulation losses, the ‘Hawks scored about a third of their goals for the season.

      • jdd428 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Luongo’s season-by-season GAA vs. Chicago since joining Vancouver:
        2006 – 0.74
        2007 – 2.05
        2008 – 2.36
        2009 – 2.72
        2010 – 2.18
        2011 – 1.96

      • elvispocomo - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        Stop that! Logic and reason hold no interest for people who want to slag Luongo!

        (but seriously, all good points)

      • wmm6068 - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        What’s his career record if you include the playoffs? And GAA average? Why not talk about the true facts as how the hawks vs Canucks hatred truly started, and not just skew your response to how it supports your bias best

      • jdd428 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        I’m just pointing out that all this ‘Luongo sucks’ and the ‘Blackhawks are in his head’ crap is total nonsense.

        Oh, and who won the game again?

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    He’s one of two guys playing with more distractions than anybody else in the league, and both are performing very well. Fans are quick to indicate that some player’s performance is under par because of added pressure that comes with additional responsibilities. Luongo is stepping up despite a very awkward situation in Vancouver. A true professional and team player unlike a few alternate captains which shall not be named here.

  5. pone27 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Not quite sure what you guys are debating on here. His reasoning for getting the start or why he should be traded?

    Pretty simple logic here boys (and gals:) Luongo is the hot hand and trade bait. He steps up and shuts down The Hawks (doubtful ;) ) and ups his stock along with nabbing a win for the Canucks.

    He loses, and he still has had solid outings and maintains his trade value. Its called supply and demand.

    While I am still in the lower percentile of Hawks fans who would welcome him (mind you, for the right price) Bobby Lou is a top tender in the NHL.

  6. jhunter21 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Luu is the man. A true professional. People can hate all they want, but with Lu and Schneid on this team, the Canucks are stronger than people realize.

    People love to hate Vancouver, but has anyone noticed that they bring out the best in so many teams? Teams want this team to lose and play hard against them every game. The Canucks are hated, but it’s because of that reason they’re a great team to watch. Love them or hate them.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    People don’t love to hate Vancouver…? They resent the fact you need a kevlar helmet and asbestos raincoat when exiting games [ I love the smell of molten plastic and burning upholstery in the morning...it reminds me of...of hockey? ]

  8. vstar1us - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    First class goalie!

  9. vanindeed - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Luongo or Schneider starting the Canucks are in good shape

  10. mrhyperpants - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Luongo the big white elephant is stepping up and proving the two faced Canucks fans wrong. Good on you for doing so.

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