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09-08-2012, 06:37 PM
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To anyone interested in Schneider, why not Brian Elliott instead ?
Elliot is just one year older. His cap hit is only 1 800 000$ He did better statistically last season in a more offensive division than the Northwest. He have more NHL experience and experience as a number 01.
And it would probably take less asset to acquire him.
And if you think Elliot performance is all about St-louis defense....then what is the point to have a good goalie if the defense is what matter?
We should also not forget that Schneider play in the weakest offensive division, behind 3 defensemen who got vote for the Norris and a 2011 selke nominee. If you beleive that goalie stats are influenced by the team in front of them and the opposition a goalie face, then schneider is one of the most advantaged goalie of the league. Playoff ? Schneider faced the Kings who had the second worst offensive of the league. The king made almost any goalie look good all season long.
Brian Elliot had an amazing season last year for sure, but he played behind a much better defensively structured team in St. Louis. Look at his numbers with the Avalanche the year before. What about his numbers with the Sens the year before that? In his defense though, the teams he played on before weren't the greatest.
Mike Smith also had great numbers last year but like Elliot played with a very defensive minded team. See the trend?
If you watched as many games as I did of the Canucks last year you'll know that our goalies had a big impact on our GA. Our Selke calibre center didn't have a great year. Sure Bieksa, Hamhuis, and Edler all recieved Norris votes, but so did Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo. In fact, Pietrangelo recieved more votes than the three Canuck defensemen put together. You also mention that Kings offense made Schneider look good, they sure made Elliot look mediocre.
It's very possible that Elliot is just now starting to find his groove with St. Louis, but until he can prove that he can play behind a less defensive minded team and put up similar numbers he is not better than Schneider.
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