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Roberto Luongo on Canucks bench until Panthers sweeten pot?

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09:12 AM ET 01.20 | Roberto Luongo will have to sit and wait. The Canucks goaltender wasn't on the move Saturday night as the NHL season opened. Instead, he was on the club's bench at Rogers Arena in Vancouver getting a first-hand look at the opener against the Anaheim Ducks. Not many expected Luongo to still be with the Canucks once the shortened season began, but you've got to give GM Mike Gillis credit for being patient in trying to drive up the price for the veteran goalie and not just giving him away. While Cory Schneider is the starter for the Canucks, he's one bad game or untimely goal away from giving way to Luongo. If that doesn't happen, then sooner or later somebody will be desperate enough to give Gillis what he wants. The Florida Panthers have shown interest -- and, ultimately, that's where Luongo wants to end up when this drama ends -- but sources say GM Dale Tallon is going to have to sweeten the pot a lot more if that's going to happen.

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January 20, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Luongo's going to stay put until Schneider proves himself as a steady keeper.

January 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET

The Canucks may pull the plug on the deal since Schneider gave up 5 goals last night and was pull.

January 20, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Luongo's going to stay put until Schneider proves himself as a steady keeper.

What 5 goals on 14 shots isn't steady?

January 20, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What 5 goals on 14 shots isn't steady?

Habs sure stunk up the place last night eh? Hard to watch!!

January 20, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Habs sure stunk up the place last night eh? Hard to watch!!

For me, watching the Leafs win is the hard part. :-(

I did enjoy watching Don Cherry ripping Burkie a new one. :-)

January 20, 2013  10:03 AM ET



Enjoy.....

January 20, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

For me, watching the Leafs win is the hard part. :-(I did enjoy watching Don Cherry ripping Burkie a new one. :-)

Yeah, if you're letting the likes of the Leafs beat you on home ice, opening night, you got some serious troubles.

Burkie deserved the ripping. Fun to watch!

January 20, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Habs sure stunk up the place last night eh? Hard to watch!!

Be glad you didn't have the Wings as a back-up game, Phew.

January 20, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Be glad you didn't have the Wings as a back-up game, Phew.

I had to watch TGO's Nux get spanked by the Ducks. Almost as painful.

January 20, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Be glad you didn't have the Wings as a back-up game, Phew.

Watch post #3 on the next thread.....if you dare.

January 20, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Watch post #3 on the next thread.....if you dare.

I laughed...

January 20, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I laughed...

If you want another laugh Otis watch this....

January 20, 2013  10:56 AM ET

my goodness, they actually got a photo of Luongo...on the bench...good job interns.

January 20, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah, if you're letting the likes of the Leafs beat you on home ice, opening night, you got some serious troubles.Burkie deserved the ripping. Fun to watch!

It looked like what it was, a game after a long layoff, without a pre-season, and with both teams featuring players that didn't play abroad. It was slow & sloppy, I wouldn't put much stock into anything that happened last night, other than the fact that both these teams will end up in the bottom.

I caught Philly-Pitt, that game had a ton more speed, skill and emotion. We'll see what the other games look like.

January 20, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah, if you're letting the likes of the Leafs beat you on home ice, opening night, you got some serious troubles.

Well, neither team has to worry about missing their tee times this spring...

January 20, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I had to watch TGO's Nux get spanked by the Ducks. Almost as painful.

Nice to see Teemu still being Teemu...

January 20, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If you want another laugh Otis watch this....

Damn - Joe Pesci has nothing on that!

January 20, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Be glad you didn't have the Wings as a back-up game, Phew.

That wasn't pretty. Another outing like that and there will be a third team interested in Luongo.

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