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Bieksa happy to see goalie questions stop in Vancouver

Jul 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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In case you haven’t paid attention, Roberto Luongo is set to be the man again in Vancouver. After Cory Schneider was traded to New Jersey at this year’s draft, one guy who was happy to see things get straightened out was Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

Bieksa tells Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun he’s happy to see the questions about who’s starting come to an end.

“There will always be questions, but it probably puts to rest ‘who is starting tonight?’ That’s been getting old for awhile,” he says.

As for the questions about how both guys handled things, Bieksa was blunt.

“This has been going for a year and a half. (Luongo) needed to have a thick skin through the whole process. (Schneider) didn’t have a lot of heads up (about the trade). Both handled it extremely well.”

We’ll see how both guys handle their jobs separately next season.

Related: Luongo will be at training camp, says agent (Updated)

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The “goalie questions” in vancouver certainly have no reason to slow down just because cory schneider was traded.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      i like luongo and the canucks. but come on, let’s be realistic. it’s never, ever going to stop. ever. like i said, i like luongo. hell, send him to colorado to play for coach roy. i’m sure they could find common ground …

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Luongo wanted to be number one.he is the number one now.time to deliver the goods.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      So, you think there are still going to be daily questions on who the starter for next game is? Because that was specifically referenced by Bieksa as a question about the goalies that got old, so it’ll slow down from that perspective alone. Bieksa didn’t say it’d stop all the questions (despite the headline).

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        yeah, you’re right. i admit i only skimmed the article and was mostly commenting on the headline. all i was saying is that as long as roberto luongo is playing for vancouver, and probably for some time after that, the goalie “chatter” is unlikely to stop. nothing against the canucks, luongo, or their fans. like i said, i like luongo, he’s proven himself to be a world-class goaltender on multiple occasions. and i do really wish there was a way to get him to colorado without giving up what that trade would likely demand. i think he’d be a good fit for the avs and would get along with roy very well for obvious reasons. wasn’t trying to bash anyone. my bad canucks fans, my bad.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Roberto got what he wanted, Notre it’s time to deliver

    • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM


      Sorry you metropolitans, but anyone who disses Cory Schneider is a ‘serpent’ whose head should be removed ‘post haste’ and with extreme prejudice !

      *** Top NHL Goaltenders as per Bloomberg Sports News @ July 30th ***

      1) Jonathan Quick
      2) Jonathan Bernier
      3) Benjamin Scrivens
      4) Cory Schneider :) :) :) :) :)
      5) Carey Price

      28) Ilya ‘me drink vodka’ Bryzgalov
      29) Roberto ‘vice addicted’ Luongo
      30) Alexander ‘me make holiday with men in Florida’ Ovechkin

  3. blomfeld - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM


    Personally I like Kevin Bieska and he’s ‘good people’ in my books. But that takes nothing away from the fact that the 64 million dollar ‘tweeter’ is not coming back to Vancouver … say again, Luongo is ‘not’ coming back to Vancouver ! Of course his new agent said that he ‘would’ report to training camp in September in two months time. After all, there’s very little else such ‘high-powered’ counsel could say, given the task at hand. Nonetheless friends, the bottom line remains however that Luongo’s ‘swank’ west side residence still remains on the Vancouver market as of 2100 hours local time @ July 30th. And for me, that in itself speaks much louder than any ‘hopeful’ comments from the likes of Kevin Bieska …

    • sjsblitz - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Can I request you put “Morning Train” by Sheena Easton the next time a player gets traded, K thnx

      • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        sjsblitz STAAAAAHP

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