Price was the franchise goaltender at the time who had shown brilliance but was often called inconsistent, a choke artist, and picked apart for both his on ice performances and post game interviews which sometimes made him vilified by fans.
Halak took years to develop and really would never have got his shot if it wasn't for the bad play of Carey Price. Halak played well, but if Price had been performing at a similar level then there would be no controversy, just an all star goalie tandem (the backup of which makes great trade bait).
Luongo has a resume of an entire career spanning a finals appearance, a gold medal, awards and team records. Schneider has one quality season as a backup. How can you evaluate the future of an organization based on that and conclude Schneider?Scenario one: Win now
With the Sedin's getting older, a rapidly improving division and a franchise with a gradually depleting farm system now is the time to win and you can't do that breaking in a young goaltender.
Scenario two: Maximize return value on the trade
Teams like the Flames who have an aging goaltender in Kiprusoff or teams like the Islanders who have no goaltending period are looking to build on a timeline similar to the Oilers, meaning a full rebuild of about 3-5 years. Luongo is still young enough to post career numbers into the final years of the deal, but it's highly unlikely he'd be willing to sit through a rebuild.
Scenario three: Rebuild
If the Canucks decide that the current lineup isn't getting it done, there is always the option of dismantling the team and starting from scratch, but after two straight seasons of posting the best record in the league and such cap affordable salaries as Burrows and the Sedin's, why would you?
Scenario four: Make a decision based off of past experience and achievement
Luongo: Six time all star, gold medalist, world cup winner, and former team captain from 2008-10 in addition to holding the records for most
saves in a single season (2,303 in 2003–04), most shots faced in a single season (2,488 in 2005-06), most shots faced in a single playoff game (76 on April 11, 2007), most
home games played in a single season (41 in 2006-07), and most regular season overtime wins at 49. Oh, and all of this achieved in what many would consider one of the worst goalie graveyards in NHL history.
Schneider: He split the Jennings with Luongo in 2010-11.
Scenario 5: Salary implications
In Luongo's career of apparent "inconsistency", he's never had a season where his GAA average is 3 or higher (which says a lot because he played half his career in Florida!). Keeping this in mind (and with the pace he's setting so far this year), he shows no real signs of slowing down.
Though Schneider hasn't played nearly enough to demonstrate any sort of consistency (good or bad), one of two things would happen if we kept him and had to resign him after three years. One, he played above and beyond expectations, and now deserves a raise! With the premium on goalies you'd have to think that he would be entitled to at LEAST a two million dollar raise, putting his cap hit above Luongo's. Two, he chokes and gets run out of town (as this city seems so prone to do) and now we're all left wondering if Lack will be able to fill the hole (If we even still have him then). At 5.3 million for a future HOF goaltender who made the commitment to retire playing in front of this team for these fans, I fail to see how it's a good idea to run him out of town. What kind of example does that set to the league? Do we not want our franchise players to retire here? We traded Linden (albeit he did come back), we let Naslund walk, how can guys sign for home town discounts (Hamhuis, Garrison) or take paycuts (Sedin's, Burrows) if the team has a blatant history of running players out of the city? It's not just about Luongo vs Schneider but about the good of the team. We get called dirty, cheap, classless, weaselly and cheaters so do we really need to add more fuel to the fire?
Edit: Spelled "Kiprusoff" with two P's
Edited by youngbob_007, 03 February 2013 - 03:25 AM.