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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:13 PM

Canucks could find ideal No. 2 in Islanders’ Al Montoya:

In the 2005 world junior hockey tournament, Cory Schneider had a long look at how teammate and roommate Al Montoya handled expectation in backstopping the U.S. to within a win of a medal in Grand Forks, N.D.


It could be the other way around next NHL season.


When the Vancouver Canucks finally move Roberto Luongo in an offseason trade scenario, they will need to address various needs and also find more than just a capable backup for Schneider in his new role as the bona fide starter.


They’ll need someone who can step in and play a number of pre-determined games or more if Schneider succumbs to injury or indifferent play.


They’ll need someone who can support the starter and who won’t wilt under the glare of the media spotlight.


In time, that goalie will be Eddie Lack. For now, it could be Montoya.


The unrestricted free agent may provide what the Canucks are seeking because of what the Presidents’ Trophy winners and St. Louis Blues proved last season.


Only three goalies hit the 70-game mark — Pekka Rinne (73), Jonas Hiller (73) and Miikka Kiprusoff (70) — and the tandem of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak were first and fifth respectively in goals-against average and first and sixth in saves percentage.


A lot of that has to do with the way Ken Hitchcock coaches, but being swept by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs had more to do with scoring just six goals — because through the regular season, Halak started 46 games and Elliott 36, and both were solid.


That’s certainly not the plan in Vancouver and there’s every reason to believe that Schneider, 26, will rise to the challenge of handling a significant workload after signing a three-year, $12-million US extension last week.


But making a play for Montoya might be a good move because the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft went 9-11-5 last season for the struggling New York Islanders and is capable of better than a 3.11 goals-against average and .893 saves percentage on a better team.


After earning $601,000 last season, the 27-year-old won’t break the bank and would obviously relish improving his numbers and having a chance to win it all. That would up his stock, too.


“You’ve seen in the league how well two-goalie tandems work — maybe not 50-50 starts — but just having a very capable second guy who can come in to any building and give you a chance to win,” Schneider said Tuesday.


“I’m sure with the success we had last year with Roberto and myself playing that I’m sure the team would want to go in that direction and find someone they trust to win games.


“Whoever is there next year, I’m sure it will be fine and I’ll work with him.


“He [Montoya] played out of his mind in that [2005] tournament and it was the [NHL] lockout year so there was a ton of attention and a lot of pressure was still on him.


“He had to do a lot of media and he was the focus and thrust into the spotlight at a young age. He handled it remarkably well. Watching that tournament got me ready for the next year and to play on the big stage.”


Schneider has come a long way since that 2005 event. He was pulled in his only start by allowing three goals against Belarus in 22:41 of playing time, but was the starter for the U.S. the following year in Vancouver.


He went 2-3-1, with a 2.67 GAA and .912 saves percentage as the Americans lost 4-2 in the bronze-medal game with Finland.


Last season, Schneider was more than just comfortable in his relationship with Luongo and the heightened expectation when he took over the crease in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series against the Kings.


He compiled a 20-8-1 record and his 1.96 GAA was only behind Elliott (1.56) and Jonathan Quick (1.95) while his .937 saves percentage ranked second to Elliott (.940).


He also won five-straight games in November, including back-to-back shutouts in Colorado and Phoenix, before a 43-save win at San Jose.


“There have been stretches where I’ve played a lot of games in a short amount of time, but I honestly like playing more,” added Schneider.


“You get into a better rhythm and you don’t think about it as much. The few stretches don’t equate to a full schedule and it will definitely be a challenge but one I’m looking forward to.”


The other option for the Canucks is to bring a more seasoned stopper to fill the same role but on a one-year deal.


It would be a bridge until Lack arrives, yet there are risks involved with older players, too, who are more prone to injury and inconsistency.


But even those UFAs who have played in Vancouver and understand the market are being snapped up by richer offers overseas.


Curtis Sanford, 32, ($600,000) has gone to the KHL and Andrew Raycroft, 32, ($650,000) is off to Italy. Dan Ellis, 32, ($1.5 million) might be a better option and if Phoenix is willing to trade former Canuck backup Jason LaBarbera, 32, who has a year left on his deal at $1.25 million, that would be a more costly option.


The Canucks could also be asked to take back Jose Theodore, 35, and his $1.5-million salary in a trade with the Panthers. He is a UFA after next season.


“I honestly don’t know which direction they’re thinking of going or who they’re thinking about,” summed up Schneider.


“The team may want to go one direction or the other and I really don’t have a say in it.”


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:19 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

1M/yr for 14 years

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

Honestly, I wouldnt mind him as a #2.

Not great stats, but he played for the Islanders, so not many goalies there are going to have good numbers

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:21 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


paranteau plays for the Colorado Avalanche now.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:26 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


montoya is a free agent

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:28 PM

Montoya is a FA guys
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:29 PM

Still hoping for Theodore if we are dealing Luongo to Florida. He had a good season with Florida and he's experienced. With him, give Schneider 50 games or 60 max. This team would still have a good chance at winning with Theodore.

I don't know about Montoya. I have watched him play a few times and i can't really say he has impressed me. Even though he's pretty big he looks so small in the net

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:32 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


Are you stuck in last week or something?

PA Parenteau signed with the Colorado Avelanche and Al Montoya is a free agent.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

12 years 5.3 Million cap hit.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:36 PM

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:37 PM

12 years 5.3 Million cap hit.


he wont accept that. 12m signing bonus minimum at least? be realistic here.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:44 PM

I'd do it.
2 year, $2 mil per.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:47 PM

Wait until it gets closer to the start of the season and there will be lots of guys available to be a backup and you'll be able to get them for for close to the minimum.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:47 PM

Montoya is a FA guys


Ya we should sign him.. perfect signing to back up schnieds

3 yrs/ $1.2 M per

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:49 PM

Yeah okay. Let's be sure that we're needing him first. A plethora of backups is available at any time. Cheers.


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:54 PM

he's a FA..

personally, i wouldn't sign him without a 2-way. 1.5 per for 2 years, 500k in minors max

dunno.. we don't really need another young backup. especially with theodore likely coming from florida

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

I'd love to see the Canucks nab Montoya to back up Schneider next season. He played well (or as well as can be expected) for the Isles and as a backup who could potentially start more games should Schneider get hurt, he's more capable of carrying the load than Lack is at this point.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:01 PM

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:10 PM

Meh not that interested tbh. Not a bad goalie and his stats will always be bad at the Islanders but I'd prefer theodore.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:10 PM

This makes me question why even read these forums.


HAHA

I don't know where to start, it's too easy.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:44 PM

I find Kuzma to be by far the best writer at that paper, and feel bad for him having to work with those peers at the Province, but I don't see why the Canucks would have more trust in Montoya than they would in Lack. Montoya has less NHL experience than Schneider - I could see signing him to a two-way contract to fill the space left by Lack when he comes to the Canucks, but I think with the likelihood of a Florida deal, Theodore is probably a better option, and regardless, I want to see what Lack can do. He has earned a shot as much as Schneider had. If the Canucks were to turn a deal relatively quickly with someone else, Montoya might be more of a possibility (as the third option imo), but if that doesn't happen, I don't see the Canucks adding another goalie in that age range. It would have to be a two-way deal, or it simply wouldn't be appropriate, imo, to assume he is more capable than Lack.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:52 PM

Still hoping for Theodore if we are dealing Luongo to Florida. He had a good season with Florida and he's experienced. With him, give Schneider 50 games or 60 max. This team would still have a good chance at winning with Theodore.

I don't know about Montoya. I have watched him play a few times and i can't really say he has impressed me. Even though he's pretty big he looks so small in the net


Heard on OTR that Theodore has a limited NTC and Vancouver isn't on his list.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:57 PM

Personally I'd rather go with Lack or Theodore, but he is a viable 3rd option.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:15 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


No way this deal works unless they throw in Mike Bossy.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

Heard on OTR that Theodore has a limited NTC and Vancouver isn't on his list.


usually a limited NTC involves a small list of teams a player won't go to.......I believe Ballard has one.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

Give Lack a shot

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:42 PM

Luongo definitely won't waive his NTC to go the island. We would have to trade another asset to get Montoya. I would really like Paranteau as well. He could be the 2nd line playmaker we have been missing.

Raymond + Ballard + 3nd round pick for Montoya + Paranteau + 2nd round pick


Haha wow......
-Montoya is a FA (don't need to trade for him)
- Paranteau plays for Colorado and just signed a 4yr contract

Nucks 4 life hey? Well at least u didn't say you are a clever hockey fan

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

The best option is still Luongo... why not wait until the deadline? This way management will know if Schneider's truly ready, or not

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 02:02 PM

So much for that

RT @nhlupdate: Jets sign Al Montoya. He will back-up Pavelec.


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