There's uncertainty as to when the NHL season will start, but one thing that's 100 percent sure is a healthy Cory Schneider will be in the crease for the Vancouver Canucks when it does. Roberto Luongo knows that better than anyone, which is why the Canucks' backup goalie said today the Florida Panthers would be a better team for him.
"[Florida] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,'' Luongo told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "That being said, there's obvious other options as well. This is a preferred location for obvious reasons, but I'm not shutting the door on other possibilities if it comes up.''
The Canucks' former franchise goalie, who is 33, has 10 years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $5.33 million.
"Obviously, I want to start. That's a given,'' Luongo, who played for the Panthers from 2000 to 2006 and has an offseason home in Florida, told the Sun Sentinel. "You're dealt different situations in life. You've got to handle them the right way. I don't know what's going to happen this year. The only thing I could do is work hard and have a positive atittude. At the end of the day, I'm sure everything is going to work out.''
Elsewhere around the NHL:
*Sabres forward Steve Ott recently had a chat with the NHL Players' Association and detailed his love of boating. He also praised his new organization.
"You look at the young talent they have in Buffalo and you have plenty of reason to be very optimistic," Ott said on NHLPA.com. "You get a real sense, from top to bottom, that they are serious about winning."
*The Colorado Avalanche made a historic announcement today, naming 19-year-old forward Gabriel Landeskog the youngest captain ever in the NHL.