Cory Schneider has waited much longer than a 113-day lockout for this chance.
For the first time in his pro career, the goaltender entered a Vancouver Canucks training camp as the go-to guy in goal, a role he has coveted since he entered the organization.
Schneider displaced Roberto Luongo as Vancouver's starter in training camp last year and is slotted for permanent No. 1 duty. Luongo, who said after the season that he would waive his no-trade clause, is attending camp amid an uncertain future.
He is expected to be traded, with the Toronto Maple Leafs rumored to be the most likely suitors.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault has refused to anoint a starter, but it's clear the job is Schneider's once Luongo's future is determined.
Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.