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by Paul on 11/28/11 at 12:16 AM ET
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Everything but his salary and ability make Roberto Luongo an ideal backup goalie.
Luongo loves to practise and will happily hang out on the ice until the last extra or injured player goes arm-numb from shooting. Teammates like Luongo, who already has a nickname and his own ball cap to wear behind the bench.
And if he needs any help operating the door at the bench, Alex Burrows can show him how it opens.
Luongo will need to refine the backup’s prerequisite to amiably banter with reporters, although he is still better at that than doing standup comedy at news conferences.
There are worse jobs than being a backup goaltender in the National Hockey League. Just ask Cory Schneider, who about perfected the position as a rookie last year but now is playing well enough to cause all kind of confusion.
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