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(ARTICLE) Beware of the Unproven Goalie

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One thing to note that all of the 'bad' example goalies he brought up had pretty 'meh' defenses in front of them.

Reimer didn't work out? Or he was just hung out to dry?

Meanwhile, Lindback... What the hell has he proven? TB might not have improved in net at all. (But their defense sure has.)

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Reimer didn't work out? Or he was just hung out to dry?

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Cory isn't all that unproven though. He had a great College career that he topped off with a National Championship, then went on to play in the AHL for three years where he was the best goalie in the league and took a okay moose team to the championship, and has played well that last two years as Lou's back up. The only way for Cory to become more "proven" as an NHL caliber goalie would be to be a teams number 1 net minder....hmmm what should we do? This isn't like Montreal starting a 20 year old Carey Price, Cory has gone through the grinding processes that is the mental preparation as well as the games played at this level (with multiple games in the playoffs) I'm ready to see what Cory can do with a full season

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We already know it's a big risk. But Schneider has been tested over, and over, and over again and he has come through each time. If Schneider plays like he has been, he will be one of the best goalies in the league. Even if his numbers drop off a bit he will still be one of the best in the NHL. He's been developed properly and he has a good head on him. All the signs point to him being the real deal. It's a risk the Canucks have to take.

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Not worried about the goaltending. The team has two good young goalies now. I'm more worried about sedins getting old and production dropping or keslers injuries affecting his play in the future.

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We already know it's a big risk. But Schneider has been tested over, and over, and over again and he has come through each time. If Schneider plays like he has been, he will be one of the best goalies in the league. Even if his numbers drop off a bit he will still be one of the best in the NHL. He's been developed properly and he has a good head on him. All the signs point to him being the real deal. It's a risk the Canucks have to take.

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What about Bryzgalov? Remember he was backing up Giguere in Anaheim a fews years back. What about Rinne? Remember when he was backing up Vokoun in Nashville? There's a lot more but a goalie can't prove that he's a starter if not given the chance. We'll see how this works out for Van.

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or The team is the reason Lou was an elite goalie !!! Lou was middle of the pack on a winning team last year....a disturbing fact !!

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We already know it's a big risk. But Schneider has been tested over, and over, and over again and he has come through each time. If Schneider plays like he has been, he will be one of the best goalies in the league. Even if his numbers drop off a bit he will still be one of the best in the NHL. He's been developed properly and he has a good head on him. All the signs point to him being the real deal. It's a risk the Canucks have to take.

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How funny would it be if we missed the playoffs cause Schneider sucks?

I'd love to watch all the Luongo lovers beg for his return.

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Agreed, it may be a risk but I'd take the risk on Schneider any day, he's proven he can compete at the NHL level and he has been developed very nicely. He's always positive, well-spoken, and he has a great personality. He's also shown he can remain calm in all situations and that's what really stands out to me. I agree with you, if he can continue to do what he's been doing, he will be one of the best goalies around the league.

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Cory isn't all that unproven though. He had a great College career that he topped off with a National Championship, then went on to play in the AHL for three years where he was the best goalie in the league and took a okay moose team to the championship, and has played well that last two years as Lou's back up. The only way for Cory to become more "proven" as an NHL caliber goalie would be to be a teams number 1 net minder....hmmm what should we do? This isn't like Montreal starting a 20 year old Carey Price, Cory has gone through the grinding processes that is the mental preparation as well as the games played at this level (with multiple games in the playoffs) I'm ready to see what Cory can do with a full season

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Cam Ward and Braden Holtby are recent examples of young goaltenders with zero conscience.

Luongo has a lot of mental demons to battle through, where a nothing fazes Cory Schneider. He handles the Media well, has a great personality(Impressions), smart, athletic, younger, no major injuries.

Schneider took Luongo's job at the end of the season, now Luongo has to find a team where he is the better goaltender. Snap!

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That's the special thing about Schneider, he's excelled at EVERY level.

In college, for the Boston College Eagles, he posted these stats;

2004/2005 18 GP, 13-1-4, 1.90 GAA, .916 Save %

2005/2006 39 GP, 24-13-2, 2.11 GAA, .929 Save %

2006/2007 42 GP, 29-12-1, 2.15 GAA, .925 Save %

In the AHL, for the Manitoba Moose, he posted these stats:

2007/2008 36 GP, 21-12-2, 2.28 GAA, .916 Save %

2008/2009 40 GP, 28-10-1, 2.04 GAA, .928 Save % (Won Aldege "Baz" Bastien trophy as AHL goalie of the year)

2009/2010 60 GP, 35-23-2, 2.51 GAA, .919 Save %

In the NHL, as Luongo's backup, he posted these stats:

2010/2011 25 GP, 16-4-2, 2.23 GAA, .929 Save % (Shared Jennings trophy with Luongo as tandem with least goals allowed)

2011/2012 33 GP. 20-8-1, 1.96 GAA, .937 Save %

The only team in his career when he posted sub-par numbers was when he got spot starts in the NHL while he was still a regular in the AHL. But as a regular player at every level, the guy has been unreal. Does it all mean he's guaranteed to be elite as an NHL starter? No, I suppose not, but a player like this is as much a shoe-in as there is.

The Canucks management, as well all know, is a safe and cautious group. They wouldn't be going this direction if they weren't certain about Schneider being the absolute real deal.

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every goalie at one point in their career are "unproven" unless the oppurtunity is given to the. Maybe Montreal should have never used Patrik Roy since he was "unproven" or Martin Broduer, or even Luongo, at a given time, he was unproven. Dumb stupid article.

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Cory will excell as our starter,. Do not worry.. Lou isn't exactly proven either in the NHL. At least when it comes to the playoffs. And really that's all that matters. I'm confident in cory when it comes to high pressure games,, not so much Lou.

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