Some have said that the Vancouver Canucks goaltending situation wasn’t really a controversy until Roberto Luongo started in goal on Friday night, making his third straight start. So let’s now call it a goaltending controversy in Vancouver. And according to Elliote Friedman of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the club is in no rush to trade the veteran netminder.
Friedman points to the fact that the Canucks have juggled the Cory Schneider/Roberto Luongo tandem in the past and appear to be doing just fine with it again this season.
“People say that Vancouver has to make a move on one of these two guys. No they don’t. They’ve had this situation for two years.”
Canucks GM, Mike Gillis is holding out on dealing Luongo until he gets what he wants. While the Maple Leafs are still interested according to Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, the asking price will have to come way down before Dave Nonis agrees to take on Luongo’s massive contract.
The Canucks were said to be interested in forward Nazem Kadri as the centerpiece in any deal for Luongo, but the Leafs have said to be against moving him.
For those that have been wondering if the Canucks could look to deal Schneider and keep Bobby Lou, Friedman points out that the asking price on the 26-year old will be even greater. He’s younger and costs less and has proven over the past two years that he can shoulder the load of being a number one netminder.
This situation has gone from complicated to downright confusing. Luongo’s stats are better than Schneider’s to start the year, posting a 2-0-2 record with a 1.46 GAA and a .944 save percentage. Schneider is 2-2-0 with a 3.13 GAA and a .897 save percentage. But we all know what has to be lingering in the back of Gillis’ mind….the playoffs. Does he keep Luongo around and roll the dice on having him possibly give another subpar performance at the most important time of the year? Or does he eventually lower the price and move Luongo or wait until a team desperately enough parts ways with a package so loaded with talent it’ll shock the hockey world.
Stay tuned as this rumor isn’t going anywhere for a while.