After the game last night, there was plenty of speculation about Roberto Luongo’s return from his groin injury. If you believe Tommy Larscheid (TEAM 1040), Lui will return to the lineup much, much sooner than expected.
I know it sounds crazy, but I hope Roberto doesn’t rush back to the lineup. His value to the Canucks is tremendous, but it’s exactly the reason the Canucks need to make sure he is completely healthy and playing for the stretch run and the postseason. They need to make sure he doesn’t suffer any more setbacks or re-aggravates the injury. Besides, Jason LaBarbera is playing some lights out hockey right now so there shouldn’t be any real pressure for the Captain to come back early.
At least, it sounds like Lui understands this (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province):
The Vancouver Canucks have been hopeful, since his setback in December, that Roberto Luongo would be ready to return from a groin injury around the all-star break.
So, too, apparently are league officials who named him to the Western Conference all-star team yesterday. And while Luongo is still not certain of his return date, he will be in Montreal during the late-January break, either playing in the All-Star Game or visiting his family.
“If I’m back before then playing games and I feel 100%, I’d love to represent my team,” Luongo said yesterday after taking shots from teammates for the first time since he reinjured his groin during practice on Dec. 10.
“But I’m not going to push myself to do something I’m not ready for. We’ll see as the days go by where we’re at next week.”
Take your time, Lui. Take your time.