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12-12-2012, 03:07 PM
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If Luongo is as valuable as Canuck fans say, they should be keeping him and trading Schneider instead. Few teams want that albatross of a contract of his. Luongo has taken the Canucks past Chicago and to game 7 of the finals. Game 7, and last season's early exit were not his fault. Though he is getting older, so too are the Canucks in front of him. The window for winning a cup opened and is slowly closing for the Canucks so why not go with the guy who has proven he can get you there. Gillis won't get the value for Luongo he could have received with a more reasonable contract so why give him up?
The real value, and its largely based on potential as he is still unproven, is in Schneider. His career could go in any direction at this point and there are teams right now willing to gamble on his potential. Gillis can get some good pieces to make a Cup winner and if you have the cup, it really doesn't matter if Schneider becomes a Vezina goalie or a flop.
It is time for Lu to move on. Schneider is the real deal. Much more consistent than Lu. I hope he can keep it going for the entire season. More importantly, Lu has lost the trust of his teammates and coach. There was a reason why he was on such a short leash last playoffs. My opinion is that AV regrets starting Lu in some of those Finals games in Boston and last playoffs against the Kings was his chance to say 'nope, it's schneider's chance now. let's see what he's got in the playoffs.' There's also the fact that if he didn't give schneider a chance in the playoffs that he probably would be the one getting traded right now. Those 2 playoff games (plus his outstanding play for the last 2 seasons and incredible head on his shoulders) is the reason why Schneider is staying. Canucks teammates/coach just never know which Luongo is going to show up.
Although chicago plays outstanding against us, part of the reason is because Luongo is such a ****ing headcase against them. His fear and anxiety was transferred to our entire team. The players were nervous when he played against them. Played great in part 3 vs the hawks and then the floodgates open all of a sudden and he's acting like the chicago nightmare is back. After beating them I thought that would help him out, but then he went headcase against the Bruins too. Time for him to move on. If a team gets in his head (chicago/boston), it will be a roller coaster. If has a team's number he is lights out. There's a reason why schneider started in boston and against the hawks in some regular season games.
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