Apparently Schneider stunk it up in Europe big time. GAA well over 3 and a pretty average save % too. He was embarassed in a few games and had to be pulled. Then of course there's that shootout goal where Kane turned the poor kid inside out.
Sorry but 56 NHL games and 1 career playoff victory does not let you overthrow the franchise record holder and star goalie. I'll trust a guy who's been in this league about a decade, won Olympic gold and carried his team to Game 7 of the SCF over a still very much unproven backup goalie who has never faced the workload or pressure required of an NHL starter.
Can Schneider start as an NHL regular? Sure, but he hasn't yet and now should not be the time to experiment and see how he deals with this different beast. Stick to what we know and who we can trust, and that is Roberto Luongo. Yes he may be inconsistent at times, but over the course of a season he evens out to be a top-10 if not top-5 goalie, and he's been so consistently for the past decade.
That's a silly comparison, DownUnda. .914 Save % is respectable for a goalie on a bottom feeder team in a European league, on a huge ice surface that he isn't used to (it changes a lot of the angles players can shoot from, it's not an easy switch to make for goalies).
"Sorry but 56 NHL games and 1 career playoff victory does not let you overthrow the franchise record holder and star goalie"
Umm,most professional hockey analysts / articles I've read say it's pretty much a done deal that Schneider is going to be the starter. So yes, it does let you overthrow the franchise goaltender, it's happening whether you like it or not. Continuously denying it isn't going to somehow change the reality.
I'm actually a bit on the fence; I actually agree with you that getting rid of Luongo is risky, especially given the condensed nature of the season. The problem is we don't have a bonified 2nd line centerman right now, which is a pretty glaring hole as well. We could potentially get one for Luongo in a trade. It'd be nice if we could keep both goalies, but I just don't see that happening. We need help up the middle with Kesler gone more than anything else on this team right now.