I'm pretty much burnt out on the whole Luongo debate.
When we aquired him and he played his first season here ('07) I thought he was the best goaltender in the world and should have won the Hart.
The next season when he faltered and collapsed down the stretch I chalked it up to external issues and a bad stretch -- all goalies have a bad stretch, right?
When he got absolutely shelled by the Hawks in '09 I again gave him the benefit of the doubt and was even quite vocal on the pro-Luongo battle-lines in the debate that ensued. Hey, every goalie has a weak playoff, right?
When he got lit up once again by the Hawks in '10 I began to form some doubts in his ability to win in the post-season. I still believed he could get it done if he had a better team in front of him. I also wondered if it was simply a case of the Hawks having his number for whatever reason.
Last year he had that truly elite team in front of him. He was good enough to get us very close but I felt he wasn't good enough. His reflexes, positioning, and mental fortitude seem weaker to me now than they ever have. He makes bizarre decisions on the breakaway, takes ten minutes to slide from one end of the crease to the other, and spends entire shifts on his knees. He also gives up an inordinate number of wrist shot floaters compared to most starting NHL goalies. I have obviously become frustrated and disappointed with his play and no longer believe in him with regards to his ability to win it all.
I realize we are stuck with him and he is what he is, but unlike most other teams, we have another option. A young, talented goaltender in Schneider who I think has shitloads of potential and a better technical goaltending acumen than Luongo. I also don't feel he has the mental breakdowns Luongo seems so prone to. I think we owe it to the fantastic team we have assembled to at least give Schneider a real chance to be THE GUY, because I believe Luongo has pretty much taken us as far as he ever will. I don't feel like we have anything to lose by playing Scneider significantly more, but we might have everything to gain.
Maybe Cory will drop the ball as well... but we'll never know unless he gets to hold it for a while.