- Canucks mix their emotions (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Wait may be over for Canucks’ top draft pick (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Schneider has opportunity (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Tough game even without Luongo (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Luongo’s injury could put Schneider on display (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)
- Safety net lacking (Adam Wazny, Winnipeg Sun)
- Salmon Kings’ goalie gets Moose call thanks to Luongo injury (Cleve Dheensaw, Victoria Times Colonist)
We should find out the results of Roberto Luongo’s MRI after the Monday morning skate (TSN), so until then, we’ll be sitting on pins and needles. Of course, the hope is that the injury is relatively-minor – i.e. that he didn’t tear anything – and that he could be back on the ice in a couple of weeks or so.
Just for fun, here are the number of games Lui would miss depending on how long he’s out for:
- 1 week: 3 games (2 home, 1 away)
- 2 weeks: 7 games (2 home, 5 away)
- 4 weeks: 12 games (5 home, 7 away)
- 6 weeks: 20 games (10 home, 10 away)
- 8 weeks: 26 games (15 home, 11 away)
- 10 weeks: 31 games (19 home, 12 away)
- 12 weeks: 38 games (20 home, 18 away)
- 16 weeks (4 months): 50 games (28 home, 22 away)
In the meantime, Curtis Sanford will get the starts and Cory Schneider, who was called up from the Manitoba Moose (canucks.com), will back him up.
Can Sanford and Schneider handle the load?
The truth is, I have more faith that Sanford can handle the increased workload than I had in previous Canucks backups. I don’t know where that comes from, but for whatever reason, I don’t worry about the Sandman being in net than say Dany Sabourin or Maxime Ouellet. Maybe it’s because Sanford has some experience as a starter – he essentially took over from Manny Legace in the latter half of the 2006/2007 season when Legace was injured – and played not bad. From January 26, 2007 to the end of the season, he played in 19 games and posted a 6-7-3 record. Last season, when Luongo was injured for a couple of weeks, Sanford started 5 games and went 2-2-1. Again, not a mind-boggling record, but not bad either. He’s only appeared in 4 games so far this season, but especially in his last 2 games – this week’s wins against Minnesota and Pittsburgh – he’s looked more comfortable and have played much better. Likewise, the team is playing better in front of him and Lui himself has some strong words of support for Sanford (Vancouver Province).
“I think we do have a great goalie,” Luongo said of Sanford. “He’s been unbelievable since training camp, and you shouldn’t notice any difference out there.”
Like he’d say anything else, right?
I don’t know how many games Schneider will get to play, but there’s good reason to think he’ll do fine when he does. He’s arguably the best goaltender in the AHL this season and perhaps we’ll soon see how his play translates into the NHL (Vancouver Sun).
Curtis Sanford is expected to start after consecutive wins but Schneider appears more than ready based on his American League stats with the Manitoba Moose. The redhead from Marblehead, Mass., is 10-1-0 with an eye-popping 1.37 goals against average and .945 save percentage. He’s won those 10 in consecutive fashion after dropping his season-opener.
Like everyone else, I’ll be waiting for tomorrow morning’s news and hope for Lui’s speedy recovery. Or that Sanford and Schneider can step up.
- Winning – and grinning (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Salo’s sidelined again (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Demitra loves sticking it to old team (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Sanford stands tall between pipes (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province)
- Saturday likely going to shootout (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Gillis-Bettman meeting right on schedule (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)
- Pavol Demitra’s return haunts Wild (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- ‘We just do our job’ (Adam Wazny, Winnipeg Sun)
- Luongo ready for new memories (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- ‘Cy Young’ candidate enjoys burying Buds (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Road warriors or just road weary (Marc Weber, Vancouver Province)
- Isles look like team in oldtimers league (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks’ chemistry experiment a success (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Net worth increases (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)
- Wellwood has weighty expectations (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Fit enough to play (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Wellwood wins battle of the bulge (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Not ready for prime time (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Grabner sent down to farm (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Rypien puts injury woes behind him (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- No more exhibition play for Schneider (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Shootout success (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)
- Healthy Salo promises a ‘slap-happy’ return (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun)
- Schneider shows he’s top prospect (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Taylor made for another new role (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Team to cash in on Edler offence (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Spotlight on Kyle Wellwood: He has his ups and downs, but some promise is there (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)
- Canucks’ Wellwood still living in the past (Wayne Scanlan via National Post)
- 70-game workload for Luongo (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)
- Dogs defenseman to see ice time for Vancouver (Kevin Barrett, Telegraph-Journal)
- Canucks like Cody Hodgson (Hosea Cheung, 24hours.ca)
- Taylor made for Sedins (Hosea Cheung, 24hours.ca)
- No funny business (Hosea Cheung, 24hours.ca)