Cory Schneider isn't ready to close the book on Roberto Luongo's time in Vancouver, not even after the three-year, $12 million extension Schneider signed with the Canucks on Friday seemed to make it more likely that the team would try to trade Luongo.
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"It's a little premature to be writing his obituary in Vancouver while he's still on the team," Schneider said of Luongo, the starter since his arrival in 2006. "I'm not sure that's fair to him."
Fair or not, the Schneider extension makes it even harder to believe Luongo will be back, even if general manager Mike Gillis has said it's possible to keep both and insisted again Friday he is no rush to make a trade.
Still, a return seems unlikely for Luongo, who lost his starting job for the final three games of a first-round playoff loss to Los Angeles. Not with 10 years left on a contract with a $5.33-million salary cap hit. Not after Luongo indicated it's time to move on. And not with Schneider eager to prove himself as a No. 1 -- and a contract that pays him like one.