Well it means that AV will be much quicker to give Luongo the hook when he has a tough game than in the past. It also means that if Luongo is having a tough couple of games that they will be much more willing to go with Schneider. We saw a glimmer of that in the first round last year already.
Yeah, I'd be shocked if they don't turn to Schneids if things go side-ways. I'd go as far as to say we'll see Schneider in at least 1 game per series to make sure he's involved and sharp all while Luo gets a little rest and also stays motivated and focused.
Gillis has already said they plan to use their goalies differently this time around and take better advantage of having two great net minders.
That likely means one of two things, if not both:
1. Luongo will have a very short leash.
2. They will get Schneider starts even if Luo doesn't struggle.
Having two stud goalies is a major advantage, and it would make more sense to take full advantage of it come playoffs. If they play their goalie cards right, it'll be tough to beat the Canucks in a series.
In the end I think Tampa would be happy taking on either of the goaltenders the canucks have.
When Yzerman began hoarding picks, guys like LeBrun and Bobby Mac were saying Stevie is preparing for an off-season move. Keith Aulie likely isn't the end all be all answer to their defence, but Yzerman added a D for the future, something his team needed more off, which means the hole in the crease is by far the team's greatest concern.
Based on what HW said about the Canucks only trading Luo if they can make a beneficial trade, I take that as Luo either bringing back a stud defenceman or cap space and movable assets i.e. picks and prospects that will help Gillis get that other D.
Between Higgins, Kassian, and maybe even Jensen, they 6th forward spot will be taken care off, so a player like Malone and his hefty contract makes little sense for the Canucks.
This brings me back to Tampa's bevy of picks and the fact that they won't move Hedman for Luongo, nor would they for Schneids for that matter. Stevie has the cap-space and the picks to get Luongo. I doubt the Kings trade a young goalie like Bernier for just picks and prospects, so it seems the most likely target to use draft picks to acquire would be Luongo.
If the Canucks get the cap-space and a few more high picks, they'll be well positioned to either package those draft choices with prospects/players to get the D-man they want, or they can go after someone in Free Agency with their new found cap-space.
But, if they can get someone like Gudbranson from Florida for Luongo, I'd happily bypass the picks, but I don't think the Panthers would be keen to move a potential cornerstone D-man.
Since the market for Luongo will be limited to 2-5 teams at most, the Tampa option seems like the most likely scenario.