For much of this season, the primary talking point about the Vancouver Canucks has been the soap opera in their crease, where they have the champagne problem of two number one goalies, and the actual problem of only being allowed to start one at a time.
As a result, it’s been a rough year for Roberto Luongo. The whole thing reached a zenith at the NHL trade deadline when nothing happened, which was, in and of itself, a pretty big happening. You’ll recall an emotional Luongo saying some fairly quotable things about his pernicious contract before taking a deep breath and resigning himself to spending the rest of the season as the backup.
And that’s where Season 1 of The Young Goalie and the Restless Goalie ended, with Season 2 scheduled for the instant the postseason comes to a close, because there couldn’t possibly be another twist in this saga until — hold on, what’s that now?
Cory Schneider is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Joe Cannata is re-called from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 24, 2013
Oh good grief.
Is this the most Canucks news ever? I think it might be. What a time for Schneider to hurt his undisclosed.
With the Canucks in playoff mode (i.e. information obfuscation station), don’t expect many details on the injury to emerge in the short-term. But here’s what we do know: if it’s Schneider’s penis, Luongo knows just what to say.
Now, considering Schneider finished the game versus the Blackhawks, it would be reasonable to assume that he was assaulted by a desperate Luongo sometime between the final horn and this morning. Perhaps Luongo took a page from Duthie’s script and ran Schneider over with a cart?
(If so, does that make Duthie an accomplice?)
But it might be more reasonable to assume that Schneider tweaked something during the game and finished it anyway. If so, that bodes well for his availability in the playoffs.
Fingers crossed it’s just a small thing. If it is, the Canucks are wise to sit him out for the final two games of the season, meaningless as they are, just to make sure the issue has some time to heal. Schneider has been the Canucks’ MVP this season, which makes him a safe bet to be the team’s MVP this postseason. They need him at full capacity.
On the bright side, as much as the Canucks had some egg on their face for failing to move Luongo before the deadline, this news sort of turns that egg into a frittata. Your number one goes down and Roberto Luongo draws in? Not too shabby.
Stay tuned for more of The Young Goalie and the Restless Goalie. Next week we’ll find out if, after all this, Schneider remains day-to-day for enough days that Luongo winds up starting Game 1 of the postseason. What a twist that would be.Tags: Cory Schneider, injuries, Joe Cannata, Roberto Luongo