smrasen, on 25 June 2011 - 03:21 PM, said:
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Luongo > Schneider
Schneider's cap hit >> Luongo's cap hit
People are saying that Luongo took us to one win away from the cup, but I could argue that Leighton was two wins away from a cup a year ago. Leighton is now currently in the minors. It has proven that an elite goaltender is not needed to get 16 wins in the playoffs. The money should be spent on another shut-down defensemen or power forward that can play with Kesler and can put the puck in the net.
The canucks are good enough that they need their goaltender to be good, not great. Luongo has been either great or terrible, and that fact has been most apparent in the Chicago and Boston series.
His bounceback ability is the most glaring weakness along with his mental weakness. He has a record of 1-4 in the playoffs after getting pulled.
Schneider is no Luongo, but with the defense in front of him, he'll be fine. Schneider does not allow five-hole goals as frequent as Luongo, and he battles no matter the score. Luongo for whatever reason gives up on pucks when the game gets out of hand.
Luongo also has a tendency of allowing goals from behind the goal line. These goals really deflact the team. Schneider allows bad goals too but they come from him mismanaging the puck. It is more easier to fix puckhandling errors than mental errors. Schneider will much cheaper and probably demand half of Luongo's cap hit. He is younger, so he still has upside.
The goaltender market is declining, so trade Luongo while he still has value. People are saying that Luongo got a gold medal, so he shouldn't be traded. Mike Richards got traded, and he has a gold medal. Others are saying that long-contracts can't get traded. Well, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter had 11 year contracts and they got traded.
If good goaltending is all we need since our team is so great, we would have a cup because Luongo was good in the playoffs but not great. And have you not read what I wrote? I said Schneider is unproven as a starting goalie and there is a possibility he needs a year to adjust but we can't afford to delay things another year. Schneider does not allow 5 hole goals as often but Luongo also doesn't make rookie mistakes like Schneider, it goes both ways. Sure you can fix those rookie mistakes but it will take experience, you can't just throw a goalie in one of the most pressure packed city and expect him to win. I would even say that the expectations will be what keeps Schneider from becoming our starter.
Plus, it should be noted that Schneider has not won any championships in his career yet despite having a couple of cracks at a NCAA championship, a few cracks at the Calder cup, and 3 cracks at World Juniors (He won one as a backup though if that counts for anything).
The goaltending market is certainly not declining, proof is that new Bryzgalov deal. Why won't Luongo be traded compared to Richards and Carter? Because of that NTC and he has no reason to want out of a SC contending city. He's not untradeable, MG just has 0 reason to take a gamble on Schneider and at this point, Schneider is a bigger gamble than "rolling the dices" with Lu.
Will it really take another Cloutier era for Nucks fans to understand once again how lucky we actually are to have one of the top goalies in the league? Honestly, I think some of our fans deserve another one.
Edited by micgao, 25 June 2011 - 03:38 PM.