Daniel and Henrik did. Kesler did. Bieksa did. Burrows did. Salo continues to. Heck, even Luongo did.
This is absolutely correct.
To those who believe the fans have driven Roberto out of Vancouver:
This is about Cory Schneider's sudden rise as an elite goaltender. Until this year, no amount of complaining would have resulted in Roberto being moved. Suddenly, another goaltender has proven he can match Roberto and outperform him in net.
Cory has claimed the starting goaltender's position with his play, and the team has known all along that one goaltender needed to be moved by the time he reached RFA status. Everybody has realized that the goaltending tandem/two-goalie model is unsustainable, as Cory will receive a hefty raise this year. Roberto also might not want to split games evenly with Cory and sit on the bench for 41 games for the next several years. This is a pivotal moment in both of their careers, and in order for each of them to play 60+ games, they can not remain on the same team.
Everybody knew one goalie would be moved. It is a matter of deciding which goaltender should be kept, and Roberto knows it is Schneider. The fans had little to do with influencing how well Cory has risen to the task of challenging Roberto and claiming the starting job.
Without Cory's presence, Roberto would not even consider being moved. He has lost confidence in his ability to remain the team's starting goaltender, primarily because there is another goaltender who may in fact deserve more than forty starts per year with this team. This is a career decision for him. For the longevity of his career, and to remain a confident, starting goaltender for many years to come, Roberto wishes to be moved. That's it. Fans have nothing to do with this. This is a goalie controversy involving only the two goaltenders and an evaluation from management. Roberto has decided his starting job may be in jeopardy and wishes to be traded.
As I've already stated, his decision to make this public is smart from his perspective. He has implied to team management that a decision must be made, and that the team should keep Schneider and move him instead. He is insecure about his status as the team's primary netminder and has decided a two-goaltender system is unfeasable for him after three playoff games as the backup goaltender. He entered the playoffs supportive of the goaltending tandem, but suddenly found himself not playing. Perhaps he could support it when he was confident he could be the team's main starter.
It is not the fans who have chased Roberto, but Cory Schneider's rise as an elite netminder. Without Cory's unbelievable play, Luongo stays and we continue to rely on him as the team's starter, citing that he is our best option. With Cory, Roberto is not our best option.
He knows this. For his own sake, he wants to play where he can be the starting goalie for the next several years; sitting on the bench during the playoffs is not something he wants to do.
The fans are not the reason for what has happened. Schneider did not become the starting goaltender in spite of his own play; he performed better than Roberto, and both goaltenders are aware of it. It is not a popularity contest. This is about performance and reliability. The team chose Schneider during the playoffs, and Roberto is not happy.
Edited by WeatherWise, 24 April 2012 - 02:05 PM.
The greatest segue into a weather segment.