He has to get his shot at being a starting goalie and he won't get it here in Vancouver. And it's creating competitive but negative effects on the team especially going into the playoffs.
Luongo is our No.1 and deservedly so. He has brought us here again to the top. He has been the most consistent player for the team all year. Is he capable of choking a game or two? Yes. Like most goalies who never made it into the Playoffs or got eliminated on the way. Are we at the top because of bad goaltending?
Give Cory his shot and get rid of him this Summer. Many teams will grab him in a heartbeat. Is he better than Luongo? NOT EVEN CLOSE. Put him at the helm of starter, he won't fare so well I think. He still needs a few more seasons for that. His stats are great but mostly in part against teams management calculates he should be able to win in order for our No.1 to get rested.
My prediction is if they get rid of Cory, he will be a starter for whoever grabs him he'll possibly squeak his team into the playoffs (Or not) next year while Lu will bring us back into the top 3 next year.
Schneider can never take No.1 here. If he did, he would go the way of Snow or Cloutier. Loungo is the best we've ever had. Vancouver fans (Mostly bandwagoneers) will always find something to pick about no matter how good they have it. Without Lu, we would be doing exactly what Washington is doing right now. Struggling to stay in.
Let Cory go and lets move on. I doubt if we'll regret it in the next 2 to 3 years.
1) Negative effects? How do you know this?
2) 1 player brought our team to the top? Last I checked, Schneider was also capable of winning games.
3) Most consistent player? I think you forgotten about the earlier months. Look at his numbers. Then look at Cory's. You tell me who has been more consistent.
4) It's not about getting rid of him, but rather for the right price. The organization is valuing him at a high price and they should be, yet other teams aren't looking to pay that kind of price yet. You don't just get rid of someone for the sake of it.
5) His stats are great but he plays against teams he should win? You know that he played against some of the stronger teams this season right? What kind of argument is this? Luongo loses to bad teams so I don't see your point?
6) Lastly, Schneider is not close to being better than Luongo? While Schneider is not as experienced as Luongo, your statement is incorrect. Last I checked, Schneider is 26. He has still years to grow yet has already shown he can be more consistent than Luongo. You're comparing a goaltender who has more experience yet doesn't even play that much better.
You must love Luongo to the point where you would get down on your knees for him. The guy's good, but he can be awfully bad at times. Giving up 4 goals in the span of a few mins.
You know what's one thing I hate about Luongo? When he stares at the ref and complain every time he gets touched. Rather than focus on the play, he tries to whine and draw a penalty.