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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller talks on his cell phone during league negotiations in New York...

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller talks on his cell phone during league negotiations in New York December 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

JOE LANGFORD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

 Seldom has a tweet been so anticipated.

Moments after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stepped to the microphone at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., at the 2013 NHL Draft and announced to a chorus of boos, “I think you’re going to want to hear this,” hockey fans the continent over headed onto Twitter. The Vancouver Canucks had just shipped goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the ninth-overall pick in that day’s draft. That left veteran netminder Roberto Luongo — who had been waiting patiently more than a season to be traded — in a state of shock. Or so everyone assumed.

How is he going to react? Will he attend training camp? Is he ultimately willing to stay in Vancouver?

With that, the league watched Twitter for a response from the man known across the Twitter-verse as @Strombone1.

And then, finally, later that night ... “#NOtradeclause.”

Huh.


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