Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Luongo gets a rest

After six games in goal behind a Canucks team that has scored just 15 goals so far, Roberto Luongo gets to take a seat:
Dany Sabourin, the goaltender glued to the Vancouver bench so far, makes his debut with the Canucks tonight in Edmonton against the Oilers.

Sabourin is from Val-d'Or, Que., and was claimed on waivers by the Canucks on Oct. 4 when the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to send Sabourin to the minors. He won 30 regular-season games last campaign in the American Hockey League with Pittsburgh's farm team at Wilkes-Barre.
I find this a curious move, given that the Canucks are headed into Edmonton for the second half of a home-and-home series. The Oilers are probably going to be a team Vancouver's trying to catch all year, and one would think Canucks coach Alain Vigneault would want Luongo in goal for all of these important inter-divisional matchups.

Still, Sabourin was considered one of the top AHL netminders heading into this season, so I suppose he deserves a shot considering he's 26 and doesn't have a single NHL win under his belt. My guess is the Oilers will also give Jussi Markkanen his first action of the season, making this a battle of the backups in Oil-town tonight.



At 2:28 PM, October 17, 2006, Anonymous Darren said...

In terms of goals per game, the Canucks are ranked 21st for goals for, and 7th for goals against. I just mention that because I was wondering about it, and looked it up.

As for sitting Luongo tonight, I think he just needs a rest. He's been pretty busy for the past three months, and already been on a sizable road trip.

At 3:46 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I wouldn't be surprised to see Roli play, given that MacT wants the win, and they don't play again until Staurday in Detroit.


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