But Schneider doesn't need a mentor. The technicality of goaltending (Smurf47) of Schneider is beyond any mentor's ability. Mr. Know-it-all SmashianKassian swears by this ultimately perfect, flawless, young, contractually sound goaltender who cannot make a mistake.
(Luongo is pushing Schneider to be better. Take Luongo out, lose Schneider)
When's the last time we heard of a GM, a coach, players or a goaltender himself say: "I have to be better", "I have to play better"? If the answer is pre-Luongo, you are right.
We understand you want Luongo to stay and Schneider to go, and I understand some of the people you're replying to want Schneider to stay and Luongo to go. The difference in what else the second group of people I mentioned understand is that Luongo is most likely
to go because he's opened the door for a potential trade and the Canucks are at least prepared to go forward with Schneider as a starter if they can get a suitable deal for Lu.
It doesn't have to be about personal preference alone or a popularity contest, nor do you have to repeat yourself ad nauseum and call other posters know-it-alls or mock their personal knowledge and experience.
As oldnews points out below, they're both better for the experience of playing together. Schneider is at the point in his career where he won't benefit from playing behind another top goalie, not will having two top goalies split time be effective for a long period of time, so Schneider has to be given the opportunity to have more games as a starter. It could be here or somewhere else, but with the situation as it is (based on all the actual evidence we have from team management and both Luongo and Schneider's expectations) it's most likely to be here and Luongo to be somewhere else at least to start next season.
Did you watch Afterhours? Luongo pretty clearly said that Schneider has made him better - that his calmness and poise has rubbed off. They've made each other better - simple as that. No need to keep beating this Schneider vs Luongo drum - they're team-mates, they both want to play and win, and they aren't small enough to envy each other's strengths.
As with many other posts lately, logical and thoughtful response. I probably shouldn't even reply to CH101 since you covered it but I'm a glutton for punishment myself. +1
Edited by elvis15, 12 February 2013 - 01:33 PM.