I happen to agree with the article.
Canucks remain the only team that continues to play a cold goalie over a hot one
Lu is well rested, has been getting most starts yet his performance has been very poor lately. His fans says he has to play lots to be "on his game". Well....he has been playing lots and look at what we have! So now the call will be that he needs to play lots to "find his game". How much of this team's energy and fate does this guy deserve to control?
The team has not played well but Lu has played like he did in the blow-outs in Boston and game 7. Very shakey and letting in goals he (and any tender) should stop. We all saw how the team crumpled in the playoffs after easy goals and we saw it again against Montreal last game.
AV is truly a hypocrite when he says he ices the best team every night...that he has 2 number 1 goalies.
How long is his leash? Every year in the playoffs (like recently) Lu has gotten lit up like a candle numerous times during playoff series, at least against any team with strong offence (Chicago, Boston). Obviously AV has learned nothing form his past insistence to ride the Luongo train despite strong evidence to the contrary.
I feel for the guy cause he obviously wants to win and works hard but he just doesn't have what it takes. He lacks focus and mental toughness. He's had more chances to prove himself to be "the guy" in playoff games than just about any other goalie currently playing and hasn't got it done. How many more years of "playoff experience" does he need? TIme is running out on this group.
Couldn't agree more.
I'm not hating on Lui at all. He's a great goalie...just a little too mentally fragile for my liking. But why is it that this coaching staff appears afraid of possibly going with Schneids entering the playoffs. Is it because of Lui's huge contract, and sitting him might reflect badly on management? Is it because they believe Lui wouldn't recover emotionally from the "insult"? I don't know. But really good coaches and teams aren't afraid to make these types of changes. Look at Boston the last couple of years. Rask stole the starters job from Thomas at the beginning of last season, played the bulk of the games then lost the starters role to Thomas just before the playoffs...and we know how that story ended. JS Giguere was Anaheim's MVP for their Cup, then lost his starters role to Hiller by the end of the following season.
This is what great teams do. They don't baby their starters to try and help them find their game with the playoffs around the corner. They go with who is playing better and gives them the best chance to win at that time.