I would just like to say that I have been following the Canucks for a long, long time and I have never seen better goaltending than what Luongo has delivered over the years as a Canucks. I believe he is the least of the problems on this team as many other aspects of the game have not been covered by the general manager including getting a leading number one defenseman, a pure top scoring right winger to play with the Sedins, as well as complementary players with a will to win it all despite all odds; the type that don't get rattled in the playoffs and keep it even keel when faced with adversity.
On the other hand, the great talented players who toil for the Cancuks would be better served playing an honest game instead of playing referee; no referee in the World will take such behavior from the game's players. This, to me, is the fundamental problem with the team which in the end, gets deflated all throughout from the top line down to the goaltender as they, and subsequently the fans, feel they have been given an unfair biased rendering of the game played.
I personally do not feel comfortable keeping Schneider while trading Luongo. Oftentimes a rising young goalie has dethroned a veteran goaltender whereby the vet was traded and the team subsequently fell apart the following years; Minnesota is a good example of this with Fernandez and Backstrom. Keeping both goaltenders would be ideal but if not, then Schneider should be the one traded for a player Vancouver desperately needs; a number one defenseman.
I do not believe in this defense by committee structure. Most Cup winning teams, including recent winners L.A., Boston and Chicago had a 1D leading from the backend; someone who is able to instill fear in the opponent, if not only for the fact that he could give out an outlet pass at any time, or clear the crease efficiently, playing almost half the game if not more. Getting a 1D is the ideal deal for the Canucks.
Schneider is the most coveted goaltender in the league at this point. Letting it be known that he is available could create an amazing lineup of teams willing to pay the high price the Canucks deserve for such a talent. His salary is perfect for any team to take on without having to grossly equate salary coming back. He is young and does not have an NTC to his contract, thereby drastically increasing the amount of potental targeted teams.
Florida has Brian Campbell, ranked 3rd behind Chara (1st) and Shea Weber (2nd). Florida will not pay a high price for Luongo but would certainly increase their offer if Schneider were to be made available. The Canucks might even be able to pry Bjugstad along with Campbell from them in a Schneider package wereas in a Luongo package, Gillis is looking to add uneeded pieces on an almost complete puzzle.
In Toronto, whether one likes Phaneuf or not since his days as a Flames, he is ranked 5th amongst defensemen. He brings the complete package and might be extremely motivated to be on a President's Trophy team. Burke also wants Schneider and not so much Luongo. Phaneuf comes at a hefty price capwise but he hits like a train and anchors the defense like few have done in this league. This could be a one for one deal, though Gillis might be able to pry even more than just Phaneuf out of Toronto.
These are just two examples of how much a Schneider trade opens up opportunity for a Stanley Cup win due to the acquisition of the 1D; Chara is a Bruin and will not be moved, though one never knows, and Shea Weber's offer sheet was matched so he cannot be moved for one full year.
A Luongo-led Canucks team with Campbell or Phaneuf, whether one likes it or not, is a much better team then the current Canucks defense by committee.
Edited by Canucks_Hockey_101, 06 November 2012 - 11:14 PM.