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by Paul on 07/01/13 at 10:10 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...instead of trading away Roberto Luongo, who’d been practically run out of town on a rail, the plot took a fresh twist. Ultimately, it was Cory Schneider moving elsewhere and Luongo back in the team’s good graces as the old/new No. 1.
No, you really can’t make this stuff up.
Luongo put his condo up for sale during the playoffs as the Canucks were swept out of the first round by the San Jose Sharks. Recently, he was tweeting hilariously about new coach John Tortorella after Tortorella was hired to replace Alain Vigneault.
Luckily for Luongo, the NHL’s collective agreement would not permit him to follow through on a promise he made via social media – that he would be willing to stay in Vancouver and be the backup and play for free if they would just let him sit in at every Tortorella press conference.
Well, Luongo will be closer to Tortorella’s postgame insights than he originally thought. Unless he decides to breach the 12-year, $64-million (all currency U.S.) contract he signed with the Canucks in 2010, a contract that made him virtually untradeable, he is back to where he was two years ago, or before Schneider emerged as a younger, cheaper option as the team’s No. 1 goaltender.
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