17 April 2012
Who is starting tomorrow? Luongo? Schneider?
Will we see both back next season or just the one that starts tomorrow?
Great read by Jason Botchford of The Province on this topic. Go read it and then come back and we'll toss around a few questions.
A few months ago I could not see a situation where Cory Schneider could be back in Vancouver next season. I was convinced that he would be traded at the draft to Tampa or Florida or Toronto or another city who needs a starting goalie (and there are a few). I was convinced that not only did Cory want to be a starter, that he would was to start making some money and those two factors would not allow for him to remain in Vancouver.
But what if this could be possible?
Is it possible now that Cory could sign a larger contract in Vancouver and continue to split the net with Roberto? I used to think that the Canucks couldn't afford him but think about how much money they spend on Keith Ballard and just end up scratching him during the season. They keep a lot of money on extra d-men that they don't play that could be redistributed to #35. If there is a will and he accepts taking on shared goaltending duties, there could be a way.
Or what if he becomes the starter in Vancouver? Yes I just wrote that. Last season even with the meltdown of Luongo and the vitriol being directed his way, I don't think fans could have pictured him actually being traded. This time round with Schneider posting better stats the outrage wouldn't be there.
Whoever AV starts tomorrow will leave a lot of questions for the summer. If that goalie happens to win tomorrow it will make this discussion even more interesting.
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