Roberto Luongo issues veiled threat to Cory Schneider; I’m coming for you, he basically says

(Do not use “the boys are back in town” as a lede. Do not use “the boys are back in town as a lede. Do NOT use “the boys are back in town as a lede. DO NOT use “the boys are back in town as a lede.)

The boys are back in town.

(Dammit, Harrison.)

With the lockout over and the Canucks’ season slated to begin January 19 at home versus the Anaheim Ducks, the roster has reassembled for a brief training camp. And, since Roberto Luongo remains on said roster, he too has had to return to Vancouver.

He did so Thursday afternoon, arriving to an airport welcoming party of reporters looking to grill him on the awkward situation. (But the most awkward situation came during the scrum, when Jason Botchford asked, “Do you think it’s been a distraction at all?” and Luongo responded, “We’ve been in a lockout, so…. in regards to what?” Awkward.)

Now, while Luongo is here for the moment, he isn’t expected to be here long. But he might be. After all, who knows with Mike “Patience is a virtue” Gillis? And if he is here for awhile yet, Luongo is willing to accept that (not that he has a choice). “Whether it’s a couple of days, a week, two weeks or the end of the season, I’m totally fine with it,” he said.

Luongo’s secret to serenity? He’s not even counting this as a real season. No, he’s approaching the shortened 2013 campaign more like a certain international tournament he won once. From the Vancouver Sun:

“Given it’s a short season and we’re playing a lot of hockey, I’m just kind of approaching it like it’s the Olympics.

“I’m just going to show up, have fun and enjoy the game and whatever happens happens. I’m not going to stress myself out about the trade or how many games I’m going to play. I’m just going to enjoy it. Last time (at the Olympics), things worked out pretty well for me.”

What an interesting quote.

It makes sense. Like the Olympics, Luongo is in Vancouver for a brief run in a temporary situation. But there’s another aspect to Luongo’s description of this season that we need to explore:

Luongo’s stint with Team Canada was particularly memorable not just because his team won the gold medal, but because they won it with him in net. Martin Brodeur was supposed to be the guy in that tournament, but after a few shaky starts, coach Mike Babcock made the switch.

Thus, if Luongo is planning to relive the Olympics, that means usurping the starter’s role from the expected number one. And when Luongo says he’s planning to approach this season like it’s the Olympics, that really means… I’M COMING TO STEAL YOUR JOB, CORY SCHNEIDER.

This was a challenge. A veiled threat, even. Luongo may as well have dragged his thumb across his neck and made a cutting sound. It’s on. It is so on.

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26 comments

  1. Karen
    January 11, 2013

    lede? Is this a sports terms I’m unfamiliar with ;)

    And, hey, we’re all hearing Trooper’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” running through our head, and loving it!

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    • John in Marpole
      January 11, 2013

      Thin Lizzy is the band that originally released ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ in 1976.

      Don’t believe Trooper ever released a cover, they may have played it in shows as it was a very popular song.

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  2. D to the W
    January 11, 2013

    Lest we forget this tweet from the summer: https://twitter.com/strombone1/status/266358079719890944

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    • Ken Johnson
      January 11, 2013

      Damn, Luongo is the best. Too bad he didn’t show this side sooner so more of the city would feel the same. I’ve always been on his side though. #TeamLuongo

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  3. Karen
    January 11, 2013

    Oh my word, I’m embarrassed. Lede is the right word. Can I plead journalistic ignorance? And hear I thought I was one of the smarter Canuck fans. D*mn!

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    • jrc
      January 11, 2013

      I here you, Karen. ;)

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      • JS Topher
        January 11, 2013

        Oh the irony…

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    • Josh
      January 14, 2013

      Don’t we all?

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  4. Lenny
    January 11, 2013

    Fire in his belly! Yes! We might see the best of Luongo this season.

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  5. Beninvictoria
    January 11, 2013

    Perfectly matched “dangerous Luongo” picture, guys

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  6. Michelle
    January 11, 2013

    Starting as a backup to Corey might actually be what he needs to get through the typical first-part-of-the-season (i.e. October) funk. Then a great duo to take us to SCF. The tandem might just be perfect for this season and its tight schedule. If the two of them are OK with it, why not? A good Cup run would then increase trade value after the season.

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  7. GayCanuck
    January 11, 2013

    Excellent job at fabricating this rivalry, it is definitely SO on.

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  8. Jacob
    January 11, 2013

    The fact that Schneider hasn’t immediately issued a statement on this backstabbing from Luongo shows that he’s too rattled to respond, and therefore too psychologically weak to lead this team to the cup. Trade them both for a bag of pucks! Fire Gillis! Hire Brian Burke! Man I missed being a Canucks fan during the lockout. Real life is so boring.

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    • tj
      January 12, 2013

      Do you mean ‘lede’? ;)

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  9. Dani
    January 11, 2013

    Love it. Let be real, this is the first PITB article that really made me feel like hockey’s officially back. Classic PITB and I can’t wait for more!

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  10. Smokey
    January 11, 2013

    Here we have the best goaltending situation in the entire league. I think we’ve all learned from the past that in order to be a good GM, all you have to do is take the prevailing mood in this city and then do the exact opposite of what everyone wants (Gillis understands this maxim: see Hodgson, Cody). These guys compete with each other, push each other to be the best. We should keep them both, cap be damned. This is the Canucks we’re talking about here: if we trade one of our goalies it’s a fait accompli that the one we keep gets injured. Why take the risk?

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  11. TeeJay
    January 11, 2013

    And the song to play for this one FIND YOUR WAY BACK by the Jefferson Starship,Hey! Isn’t that song was in the TOP 40 the same time with DON”T STOP BELIEVIN during the 80′s?

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  12. Chris
    January 12, 2013

    In all seriousness, be careful what you wish for Canuck fans. Luongo is, without a doubt, one of the key reasons this team has done as well as it has. And the fans, when he was at his lowest ebb, kicked him hard when he was down. I don’t care what anyone says; it was disgraceful. If you are a parent, and you have a talented, smart kid, who comes home with straight A’s in every subject, term after term, and then has a glitch on a final that makes the difference between Harvard and a year of some fine tuning at a community college, do you attempt to destroy that kid’s psyche (like the fans have done here), or do say “Nice effort kid, next time you will nail it”?

    That is why we get called the Goalie graveyard. Ready to jump the bandwagon to a guy who has won precisely one playoff game so far. Beautiful. Another dream blown, Vancouver…

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  13. tj
    January 12, 2013

    And so it begins!

    Even Harrison’s tone is lighter. Like one big ‘phew’ of funny.

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      January 12, 2013

      Agreed. PITB is back to it’s regularly scheduled programming of tongue in cheek. Thanks, Mooney!

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 12, 2013

        Ha. You’re welcome. Thanks guys, you make us want to keep doing this.

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  14. Raftgeek
    January 12, 2013

    I must say it is here on PITB that I read what I consider the best reader comments. Why is that? I’m guessing because you have to have some level of intelligence to understand and get humor. I should only read the PITB articles. For those that are just now as Lou is on his way out discovered he’s funny, he’s been funny all along. I don’t think he’s changed a bit. I bet he has a pretty darn good year this year.

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  15. mark7831
    January 13, 2013

    early prediction;

    canucks make the playoffs; get bounced in the first round

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    • Kesler's Nose
      January 14, 2013

      I would agree 100% with your prediction.

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  16. Naturalmystic
    January 13, 2013

    When Schneider falls flat on his face and shows that he is a back up goalie at best, pray that Luongo is still a Canuck. Luongo is the best goaltender in Canuck’s history, Schneider will turn out to be a “what the hell were we thinking?” goaltender. Just wait and see.

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  17. don't leave me bobby luo
    January 17, 2013

    wait so we aren’t seeing this as a Luongo predicting a surprise move to New Jersey? Where he could relive his momentous Olympic success stealing Brodeur’s job once again. Either that or he feels he needs to go and prove a different Canadian goaltender that he is better than them. Maybe from a team that could actually trade us someone good in return for Luongo.

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