115 pages and I haven't weighed in yet. I was kind of just waiting for something to happen because I didn't want to speculate. To be quite honest I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Lou leaving. He has done ALOT for this franchise IMO. I think the "what have you done for me lately" rule applies to Luongo's situation in Vancouver .... permanently.
Less than 365 days after helping carry the team within one win from a Stanley Cup he was being sat in lieu of a younger, better goalie. I get it . It's a business. Pride shouldn't get in the way in professional sports and he handled like a pro. He sat, practiced and watched, said and did all of the right things and waited for the season to finish. I can't blame him for wanting out and I never will. He has to look out for his best interests too and his best interests do not involve sitting on the bench. He is still an excellent goaltender and deserves to be a no. 1. No doubt about it.
As for Schneider I can't blame Gillis and co. for signing him to stay in Vancouver. Kid is a stud, and he deserves every opportunity from the Canucks. He did his time (and then some) in the minors and never complained once. He played back up when he may have well been the better goaltender of the two. He kept his mouth shut, worked hard and earned his spot. I am honored to have this guy starting for us next year.
As for the trade scenario: I honestly don't care where Luongo goes as long as we get something good in return. I am proud of Gillis for not selling himself short just to get a deal done. Luongo is still a top 10 if not top 5 goaltender in the league and you don't just give one of those away for nothing.
I am comfortable to start the season (if there is a season?) with two no.1 goaltenders on the roster. 1)
These two already have a good working relationship and shouldn't cause a rift or problem. 2) They are both obviously familiar with the team and systems 3) They are both excellent goaltenders.
It wouldn't be such a bad problem to have temporarily. Give the rest of the league a couple of months to evaluate their goaltending needs (looking at you TO, TB, and FLA) and who knows? Maybe the asking price will be met?
This has probably all been discussed already but I am a lil' too lazy to read through the whole thread so meh ...
Happy Summer CC!!
p.s: Don't touch Doan. If the asking price is what they say it is ...
Dont do it GMMG!!!!
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