Luongo will win his starting job back with the Canucks this year. F the haters.
As a huge Luongo fan, I hope that would be the case and that we stick with Luongo and trade Cory. But looking at it right now, it seems highly unlikely that will happen.
Luongo is a proven commodity, while Schneider is not. That's the only thing Luongo has going for himself at this moment. When Cory comes out as the starter and strings together games, teams will obviously scout him more heavily with larger sample sizes and try to expose his weaknesses (ie, Jared Stoll's series-winner in game 5 where Schneider cheats off the post on the blocker side). Also, Schneider will be facing tougher opponents on a more regular basis (not saying he was sheltered--he played some huge games last season--but he will be doing a lot more of that than last year surely, if he is the starter).
It's Schneider's job to lose right now, and I don't think he will. But if he does, then it'll be because teams find some of Schneider's weaknesses (possible) which will bring his numbers back to where he should be and/or Schneider tires out (very unlikely as he is a very well-conditioned athlete).
I do worry slightly about Schneider because he isn't 100% proven and that our window to win with the current core is small now. But he has shown that he is capable and was better than Luongo in a smaller sample--and to become proven, you gotta start somewhere. If he proves to continue to be better with a larger sample, then I'm all for it. It would be sad to see Luongo leave though.
Edited by Dasein, 25 August 2012 - 06:37 PM.