Cory Schneider day-to-day after hurting his undisclosed; Roberto Luongo draws in

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?

 

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.

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16 comments

  1. Rituro
    April 24, 2013

    Oh my goodness. “The Young Goalie and the Restless Goalie” fits so well. Please tell me there were internet high-fives when that line was discovered.

    That said, Cannata gets called up? Was Levesque not available? (I kid, I kid.)

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  2. Tracey
    April 24, 2013

    Turning “that egg into a frittata” just made my day.

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  3. Brent
    April 24, 2013

    Will it never end? Who is next?
    I suspect it is not too bad, apparently Cory is out for the team picture in full gear. But yes, good thing we have Bobby Lou!

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  4. Dougster
    April 24, 2013

    So will AV do the coin-flip to see if Lou or Canata starts?

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  5. Chinook
    April 24, 2013

    Schneider has a strained unmentionable – no band-aid solution for that!

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  6. Andre
    April 24, 2013

    We (Canucks fans) are both drama queens and full of humour at the same time. We love these storylines, Strombone1 tweets, Kerlurks (where are they), even while we fret about Duncan Keith’s end-of-game interviews or the state of our goalies’ gear in the locker room (ahem).

    Are they (fans) like that on the East Coast?

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  7. Timmy Wong (@timmywong11)
    April 24, 2013

    …and this is why it’s better to have 2 all-star goalies than none (hi Philly)

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    • Collin
      April 24, 2013

      You have that backwards:

      Ilya Bryzgalov – NHL Second All-Star Team (2010)
      Steve Mason – NHL Second All-Star Team (2009)

      Roberto Luongo – NHL Second All-Star Team (2004, 2007), First-Team All-Star (2009)
      Cory Schneider – No All-Star appearances

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      • shoes
        April 24, 2013

        I think he meant this year. Philly is 3 days away from golfing.

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  8. shoes
    April 24, 2013

    Gillis has taken a lot of heat for not trading Luongo. This could ease that back a bit and the mainstream sports media can pretend it was their idea all along.

    I for one am happy to have a top 5 guy stepping in and available every night for the next 2 months (hopefully)

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  9. Nee
    April 24, 2013

    This is so hilariously typical as a Canucks fan. I actually laughed (and then felt guilty) when I saw the news.

    Ice the best team in Canucks history in 2011? BAM! Hobbled by injury and suspension. Getting your hopes up about the post-season? BAM. #1 goalie gets injured. Curse you, hockey gods…

    Obviously someone buried something in the Pet Cemetery. Way to go, Burrows…

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  10. akidd
    April 24, 2013

    …is why you don’t trade away a good backup for parts at the trade deadline.

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  11. Kenji
    April 24, 2013

    Aw, we have a legit number one as backup? When we could have had Mike Komisarek?!!

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  12. jenny wren
    April 24, 2013

    Some trolls will say that now we’re screwed
    Those that have always Bobby booed
    My answer is we’re still okay
    I’ve always loved to watch him play

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  13. The Bookie
    April 24, 2013

    sounds like a politically/media correct way of giving Cory a break before the playoffs to me.

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  14. lux soap
    April 25, 2013

    i was always sceptical that gillis would deal lou at the deadline unless he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. with eddie lack out, trading lou would have left the canucks totally exposed in goal should, horrors, schneider sustain an injury, say, just before the playoffs.

    and, for all the fuss over having $9m tied up in goal, it’s worth noting that pittsburgh currently has $7m tied up in goal and that’s working out pretty good for them too. ok so they have some other guys that can play too.

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