coco_canuck wrote:I'd love to have a rational conversation about the Canucks goaltending situation, but the vast majority of the goaltending discourse has been far from rational.
There are extremes on either side of the spectrum..not just one.
While admittedly my posts lean more on the side of critic, I also recognize that...
Lu is an outstanding and unbelievably consistent regular season goalie throughout his career with tremendous numbers to back it up.
Lu has been good enough in the big stage to win a country a gold medal and bring a team to the seventh game of a Stanley Cup playoffs.
Schneids hasn't really proven anything and may never reach the career heights that Lu has so far.
Schneids could prove to be one of those goalies who appear to be the next big thing only to show otherwise soon after given the opportunity..of which there are many examples (Corey Crawford being the latest perhaps).
I get all that. I also get that...
Lu stunk it up in a dozen playoff games the past three seasons costing us opportunities to advance.
Lu has a tendency to give up on games when he let's in bad goals early and takes too long to recover from them.
Lu is a me-first athlete with a bit of a volatile personality that can and actually did cost us (notice all his interviews are about him).
Schneids is an uber team guy with unmatched intelligence and character traits (notice all his interviews are about his team and teammates).
Schneids could actually be the next big thing if given the opportunity and has shown absolutely nothing to prove otherwise.
It's a gamble either way. If I'm looking at it from a big picture standpoint, we've had this core for four or five years now and we haven't gotten the job done. We got close but that's not getting the job done if we believe this team is capable of winning it all (I do). When you fall short in five years, it's time to start thinking about trying other more drastic things. I don't think it's too drastic to try a different goalie, who appears more than capable, when your main one shows a propensity to let bad goals snowball into something bigger and when it tends to happen at the least opportune times.
I'm not saying start him over Lu from game 1 of the playoffs. I'm saying it's time to have a more itchy-trigger approach, unlike last spring. The moment the signs are there, pull the trigger. Don't wait 10 goals against the Hawks and 12 goals against the Bruins when the trigger was never pulled.