Luongo making progress

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

On any other day, it would have been the biggest story surrounding the Vancouver Canucks.

But with Mats Sundin ready to make his debut, the fact goaltender Roberto Luongo went out for a skate in full equipment almost went unnoticed.

"I think it was important for me to get in a good practice today," Luongo said shortly after an optional skate prior to Vancouver's game against the Oilers last night.

NEXT STEP

"I could have skated in Vancouver, but I wouldn't have been able to get on the ice with other players. I think the next step is to start taking a few shots."

Luongo, 29, has been out of the Canucks lineup since injuring his groin in late November.

"This is another step forward," Luongo said.

"This was all stuff that was under a controlled environment, it wasn't anything too crazy, but it was another step and it was a good one."

Despite having been limited to 19 games this season due to the injury, Luongo was still named to the NHL all-star game taking place in his hometown of Montreal on Jan. 25.

"I didn't know what to expect with that, I wasn't sure how it would work because I haven't played that many games," Luongo said.

"I'm happy that I was selected, because it's in my hometown and it's a great opportunity if I'm able to make it."

SKIPPED

Luongo, who skipped last year's all-star game to be with his pregnant wife in Florida, is going to Montreal regardless during the break.

Iif he can't play, there will be another goaltender chosen to take his spot.

"I have a lot of family there, so that's why I'm going anyway," he said.

"Obviously if I can't play I'm not going to be dressing. But it's a great honour, even though I haven't played that many games, to be selected."


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