Don't expect 'crease' and desist order on goalie saga
Both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo were hopeful Tuesday that their on-ice meeting would bring closure to one of the National Hockey League's longest running goaltending soap operas - but both also know better.
"I'm hoping this will be the final chapter, but I don't know if it will be for you guys," said Schneider, now with New Jersey, before Tuesday's Devils-Canucks tilt at Rogers Arena.
"I'm sure every time we play the Canucks, it will be brought up and that's fine and that comparison is going to be made. Obviously it's the first time back since the trade, but I'm just hoping to move on from here once this is done, and just start playing hockey again.
"I don't want it to be a distraction to my team and my teammates," Schneider added. "I think Vancouver is coming to play us at the end of October (the 24th) and - who knows? - maybe it will still be talked about then. Hopefully Roberto and I are in this league for a long time and we play each other a lot more than just this one time. So, hopefully, it will die down a little bit."
Luongo was more succinct in his response to the same "closure" question.
"I wish it was but I have a feeling it's not," he said.
Schneider, of course, was dealt into a situation where he is sharing the net with Marty Brodeur, arguably the best goaltender in NHL history. So it will be difficult for Schneider to receive the bulk of the Devils' work unless Brodeur is injured. Brodeur, 41, is expected to retire after this season.
Luongo said he empathized with Schneider having to wait, again, to be an undisputed No. 1."He deserves to start," noted Luongo. "Unfortunately he's in a situation right now where he's not able to do that, so I kind of feel for him in that way. But obviously his time will come. He just has to wait a little longer."
CORY ON MARTY: Although the Schneider trade from Vancouver to the Devils occurred on June 30, Schneider admitted he is still getting to know Brodeur. The two only met and began interacting at training camp less than a month ago.
"Marty seems really comfortable with himself, his game and where he's at," Schneider said.
"He's really accomplished everything you can pretty much accomplish in a career, so I don't think he's looking to prove anything to anyone else but himself at this point. He's still very capable of playing the position really well.
"He's also been really helpful to me and answering any questions I have coming to a new conference, a new division and about a lot of teams I've never played against before."
CORY ON PEOPLE: When former Canuck coach Alain Vigneault was in town Sept. 26 for a pre-season game with his new team, the Rangers, he made a point of visiting with the support staff who helped guide him through his days in Vancouver.
Schneider did likewise Tuesday morning. "I talked to a bunch of them," he said.
"Those are the kind of people who don't get a lot of press and nobody really hears about but, a lot of times, they are the ones who make it a fun experience. The people here were really great and helpful and took care of everything you need. These are the people who are kind of the lifeblood of your hockey team."
SICK BAY WATCH: So just how long is Alex Burrows going to be out of the Canucks' lineup?
Head coach John Tortorella, in announcing the injury last Saturday, would not even say whether Burrows has a fracture in his right foot. He did reveal that the versatile forward is "probably going to be out for a couple of weeks." Burrows was again seen Tuesday on crutches and wearing a grey walking boot. A fracture - if there is one - usually takes four to six weeks to heal. Perhaps GM Mike Gillis let the cat out of the bag during his weekly radio appearance Tuesday. Gillis told the Team 1040 morning show that he would know a lot more about this year's edition of the Canucks "around the 20-to 25-game mark," when he will see "our full team most likely together for the first time" barring further injuries.
The suspended Zack Kassian will return Saturday after serving his eight games, while Jordan Schroeder, also out with a suspected foot or ankle fracture, was hurt 12 days before Burrows went down.
If Burrows is the last to return - let's say at the 21-game mark - that will be exactly six weeks after he blocked a Patrick Marleau shot in the season opener in San Jose on Oct. 3. QUOTABLE: "Different isn't the word. I don't know what it is with him." - Canuck coach Tortorella on winger David Booth's love of working out.
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