He should be able to get us into the playoffs especially when Kesler/Booth get back in the lineup.
A couple of things - and don't get me wrong, I'm ok with however this turns out and feel we're lucky to have this "problem".
Just because a goaltender has struggled in the playoffs doesn't mean he always will. There have been some great goaltenders who have had less than great performances, but we demand perfection?
And you've allowed Schneids the luxury of counting on key players to be back in the line up to contribute, but what about Lu? You are aware that some of our past struggles can be attributed to missing or having injured players out there? And those out there also were struggling (meaning Lu couldn't rely on them to do their jobs....it's the I in team thing for me).
Injury. Bad officiating. These things aren't permanent , but Lu's had to battle through them...what if, in putting this stuff behind him, he's slated for his best playoffs ever? He certainly has the capacity to be great...we've seen it.
Did you consider that we may not have been IN the playoffs if it wasn't for Lu (which, I understand, this thread considers)? So how about the other guys on the ice?....why does Lu wear the playoff wins/losses alone yet we disregard what led up to them?
If Lu is the playoff goat then, at the very least, you have to remember that he was the regular season hero and, without that, there are no playoffs?
Goaltenders can't be "on" all the time and it's all about timing in the playoffs. I'd hate to imagine Lu's playoff redemption coming while playing on a different team.
I also factor experience into overcoming obstacles. Learning from our mistakes. Familiarity that allows for more confidence and stability.
Again, I'm ok either way but don't like the comparisons. We have two great goaltenders at the moment and until we get a good return for one, bummer.