Thread: Value of: Schneider to Edmonton
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10-31-2012, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Canuck management, their coaching staff and I disagree here. Hence why the Canucks are moving an elite goaltender to make room for Cory Schneider. If there was any doubt whether or not Cory was the real deal Luongo wouldn't be on the outs.

Jonathan Quick only has 2 excellent seasons under his belt in the NHL. Does that mean he shouldn't be mentioned in the 'elite' category with Luongo and Lundqvist until he proves himself over the longterm? Or is his tecnique, athleticism and positioning good enough to assume he will be able to sustain a high level of play moving forward?
I think you're over-simplifying the situation by saying the Nucks' management is trying to trade Luongo only because they have deemed Schneider to be 'elite', as there are more factors at play. If Luongo was happy to sit 40-50 games a year and didn't make any comments eluding to wanting to be moved I don't think the Canucks would be shopping him yet. I know all the Canucks fans want to make it out to be some calculated move by Gillis but I think he's more pushed into a corner now than anything.

Regardless, no, I don't think you can call anyone elite that has only half a full season of workload under their belt. You can point at minor league stats and talk about non-quantifiable things like leg speed all you want, but I wouldn't be putting a crown on anyone after 25 and 33 game seasons. There have been many over the years (Lalime, Theodore, Jim Carey, Mason) who have put up good stats for short time periods and faded. I'm not saying this will happen to Schneider, but I also think it's a little early to book his tickets to the HHOF induction ceremony like a lot of people posting in this thread seem to think.

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