Luongo makes it look easy.http://blogs.theprov...booths-absence/
Luongo shines in Canucks practice shootout; Schneider gives up four in five attempts
Maybe the Canucks should hang onto asterisk goaltender Roberto Luongo just for the shootouts this season.
The team ended its third day of training camp practice with a shootout, five players going at Luongo and five shooting on Schneider – the Canucks’ new No. 1 this season.
Yes, it’s ridiculously early, but the results were jarring:
Luongo, looking very sharp and totally relaxed, wasn’t beaten by any of the five shooters, while Schneider gave up four goals on five attempts.
Schneider’s only stop was on Jason Garrison, but Alex Edler, Dale Weise, Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins managed to find the back of the net.
Luongo denied Jordan Schroeder, Mason Raymond, Kevin Bieksa, Keith Ballard and Zack Kassian.
The expectation was that Luongo would have been traded by now and would never have needed to report to the Canucks. But a deal is clearly taking longer to consummate that expected.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there and it’s key to not pay attention to it as much as you can,” said Luongo. “When I’m on the ice I’m having fun and enjoying being around the guys and putting the work in. That’s all that matters.”
Luongo, who’s had a mixed history with shootouts, said he practiced shootouts when he was working out on his own in Florida.
“I did a lot of them early in the lockout, when I was on my own,” he said. “Obviously, it wasn’t against NHLers, but it carried over and I felt pretty good today. But a shootout doesn’t mean a whole lot in the big scheme of things.”
Luongo said he hadn’t heard anything from the coaching staff about when he might play if he’s still a Canuck when the season opens.
“I’m just enjoying my time right now and working hard towards Saturday (the Canucks open their season against Anaheim),” he said. “I haven’t heard anything and I’m just going to keep doing my thing.”
Schneider, a close friend of Luongo as well as his teammate for the moment, said he’s not surprised his goaltending partner is handling the uncertain situation well.
“I think the past few years he’s become more laid back and just takes things as they come, so he doesn’t worry about what’s out of his control,” said Schneider. “He’s handled this with a lot of class and dignity. We’ve been rooming together in the hotel and it’s been just fine.
“Sometimes when you’re playing without a care you can play your best hockey. He’s an intense guy and he works really hard but I think he lets a lot of the potentially negative attention roll off his back and even use it as a motivating tool.”
Schneider – who’s still making the technical adjustments from playing in Switzerland during the lockout — said he’s looking forward to the intra-squad games on Wednesday and Thursday to give him a sense of how close he is to being ready to start the regular season on Saturday against visiting Anaheim.
“We’re trying to get as much into a condensed camp, so until you really get into a game situation that’s when you’ll find out what’s going well and what you need to work on,” he said.
Schneider said he hadn’t heard yet from the coach if he’s playing both weekend games (the Canucks play Edmonton on Sunday), but is preparing as if he is.
“I think you always have to approach it that way, regardless of what your situation is,” he said. “I think everyone is excited to get started here and that’s almost a good thing, to just jump right into it.”
With the absence for the third straight day of David Booth (groin), the Canucks’ lines and defence pairings were the same as Monday:
Probably still trying to untangle and adjust his equipments after Patrick Kane undressed him with that ridiculous shootout move
Just kidding. Seriously, though. It is just practice. I'm simply pointing that out. Both are elite goaltenders and it will be interesting how AV uses them. Luongo could very well take back the starting job a la Tim Thomas and run with it.
Roberto has said that he is approaching this like he approached the 2010 Olympics, when Brodeur was the #1 guy coming in. Just like he did in the Olympics, he's coming to camp and just going out on the ice to have fun and do his thing, and if he keeps up, I don't like Schneider's odds in keeping the starting job. He's never been the starter, and if he slips, everybody knows Luongo is hungry to prove that he's still #1.
Never underestimate the fire of an elite athlete. Don't expect Luongo to roll over for Schneider. Similarly, I don't expect Schneider to falter when he finally has in his grasps the starting role he's dreamed of since being drafted in 2004. They are good friends, but greater competitors. This will be good for us - because both will play their best every single night.
Edited by Dasein, 15 January 2013 - 05:15 PM.