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July 24, 2013 | 9:39am ET
Canucks expect Luongo to return
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Since the Canucks traded goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils on June 30, fellow netminder Roberto Luongo has gone underground.

The Canucks were expected to trade Luongo this off-season, but found that task too difficult and decided to move Schneider, instead.

The Canucks didn't even inform Luongo or Schneider of the team's decision prior to the move.

Luongo, 34, initially voiced his shock to TSN's James Duthie moments after the trade was announced, but has yet to comment publicly since, prompting speculation that he might not be interested in returning to the club.

During a season ticket holders event at Rogers Arena on Tuesday evening, Canucks GM Mike Gillis seemed confident his star goalie would be back between the pipes come September.

"I have full confidence in Roberto and I have full confidence that he'll be here and that's how we're operating," Gillis, as quoted by the Vancouver Sun, told fans.

Gillis met with Luongo on July 15 at his home in Florida and described the face-to-face as "good."

"It was fun. It was amiable. It wasn't stressful," he said. "We talked about the team and we talked about the coaching change. We talked pretty well about everything we could possibly talk about. I told Roberto how I felt about him and how we felt about him as an organization."

Meanwhile, contract negotiations between the Canucks and defenseman Chris Tanev remain ongoing, but a deal does not appear to be imminent, according to the Vancouver Province.


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