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Mar 22, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Roberto Luongo Has No Plans to Sign in Europe

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo‘s agent, Gilles Lupien, spoke with News 1130 on Friday and told the radio station that his client has no plans to sign in Europe—”for now.”

On the other hand, Luongo’s understudy, Cory Schneider, revealed last week that he plans to explore his options in Switzerland after the American Thanksgiving weekend. The Swiss League has rules in place that allows teams to have four foreigners, but Schneider will not count as one because his grandparents are Swiss nationals.

North American-born goaltenders have been reluctant to go over to Europe because of the bigger ice surface.

The game is so different for a goaltender – and it goes well beyond different angles created by bigger ice surfaces.

“That’s one of the big cons of going over,” said Reimer. “It’s such a slower game, and things develop so much slower.”

While those who started their careers in Europe have been through the transition before, there is a legitimate concern among some that haven’t about going back and forth, and whether some of the habits picked up facing a pass-first, shoot-never mentality in Europe might be worse than those from shinny, especially if they have to come back and start an NHL season on short notice.

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There is also the lack of jobs available in Europe as teams have been set with two goaltenders since the beginning of the season.

Lupien also told News 1130 that Luongo is working with goaltending coach Francois Allaire in Florida this week and the two of them have a very good relationship. He also brushed aside any new Luongo trade rumours.

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