"I'm a competitor and you guys know I am. I want to be in goal everyday and play on the ice. Call it whatever you want but I am definitely going to be working hard to get back as soon as possible."
-- Roberto Luongo
spoke at GM Place for the first time since leaving the ice 20 minutes into the Canucks team practice last Wednesday. Reports say he suffered setbacks in the rehab process during a 3-on-3 scrimmage last week at practice.
"I just got into a situation where the groin wasn't feeling the way I wanted it to," Luongo told the media today. "There wasn't any point to keep on skating so I decided to get off the ice."
His status currently remains at week-to-week despite rumblings last week that said he could return as early as last night's game in Edmonton. The progression was stated to be ahead of schedule but Wednesday's scrimmage proved that the more dynamic practice sessions were tougher than anticipated once he left the controlled one-on-one sessions with goaltending consultant, Ian Clark.
"Everyday I was making good progress, steady progress and as long as I can get through the workout and not feel any discomfort then come back to the arena the next day and feeling good, i'll just keep on moving. That's where we were up to that point and that just wasn't a good day that day."