I agree with you that Schneider has been unproven in terms of starting 60-70 games for an NHL team, but a player has to start somewhere don't you think? How do you know Schneider can't take that next step? What if he becomes the next Lunqvist or Quick? You will never know until you try. We have already seen him to be a great back for 30 games, now its his time to shine. He is 26 years old not a 18 year old kid, when should he start? When he is 35?
He's 26 now. He isn't just a kid. He's earned the right to start and we can't keep putting it off. He's been waiting for a long time now. And Rinne, Luongo, Lunqvist were even younger than him when they became starters if I remember correctly. You have to begin somewhere. I do think we need a more experienced backup rather than Lack though.
He's started a total of 56 games over 4 years in the league. Sure other goalies had sudden jumps into stardom, but I for one am not ready to make that gamble.
We have no idea how he'll handle the extra work load, because the only time he's ever been exposed to consistent starts was when Luongo was injured, and Schneider played terribly because he couldn't manage his fatigue (mental and physical) levels.
Sure, he could be play great and have a Quick-like season at such a young age, but 56 career starts is just not enough to make MG invest all his trust in Schneider. Plenty of wrong could happen, and we will no longer have a backup plan. Basically, if Schneider cannot bear the workload of 60 games in a season and we don't even get a solid backup, the Canucks season is down the drain and we might as well make way for the Avalanche and Oilers who's skilled forwards will tear this kid to shreds if he's not at his best.
Goaltending has been the best part of the Canucks last 2 seasons, without it who knows where we'd be, and I do not want to see what will happen if we don't get good goaltending next season.
Luongo is a proven starting goalie and playoff performer, has done so much for this organization, is being a great team-mate by sitting on the bench and even claiming to waive his NTC for the team, so it would be down-right dishonourable and ignorant of MG to let him go and invest all of his trust in Schneider. Luongo has not started to decline in terms of his play just yet so there is no real need to trade him.
The only reason fans want him gone is because Schneider played 3 good games in the playoffs and looked good in the few regular season starts he got, which is nothing compared to the reliability and body of work of Luongo.