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There’s a “distinct possibility” Luongo and Schneider stay together next season

May 20, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

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The bulk of chatter around the Vancouver Canucks this summer will surround whether the team trades either Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider. With Schneider set to be a restricted free agent and Luongo being the whipping boy, it’s the sort of situation where it seems someone has to go.

Don’t tell Canucks GM Mike Gillis or Schneider’s agent Mike Liut that though as both of them tell the Vancouver Province they could see both goalies sticking around for a while.

Gillis told Hockey Night in Canada radio there’s a “distinct possibility” both Luongo and Schneider could stick together next season. Meanwhile, Liut sounds prepared to have his client play the role of backup or part-time starter in Vancouver for another year.

“Having both goalies back in Vancouver next year is definitely a possibility and probably the leading possibility,” Mike Liut, Cory Schnieder’s agent, told The Province.

“Cory will approach the season as he did this year — you focus on what you can control.”

As long as Schneider is under control by the Canucks, there’s not much he can do about changing his situation without causing a disturbance. There’s also the awkwardness that will exist with both guys in town and having distinct “Team Cory/Team Lu” kinds of debates amongst the fans as well.

Having two great goalies is a good thing, but it’s been a distraction once the playoffs rolled around. Can they co-exist without drama for another season? They may not have another choice.

  1. babar61 - May 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Terrible idea. You can’t tell me this won’t be a huge sideshow all year long and into the playoffs next year…

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    This is the best idea. You’re either carrying two number ones or holding one to trade the other.

  3. jason9696 - May 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    If I was Roberto Luongo I’d want to get out of Vancouver ASAP. Especially the way some of the fans have treated him over the years. But it won’t be easy to trade him.

  4. hiltonandastoria - May 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    And every GM and fan around the league LOL’s uncontrollably.

    Luongo will be worth even less this time next year if they proceed with this stupid plan.

    I shouldn’t be surprised though, this is the same team that built themselves around 2 soft players who’s game doesn’t translate very well in the playoffs.
    Who dumped a boatload of money and years on an un-clutch goalie.
    Who ran out and dumped a big fattie on Danny Ham

    They built themselves a cute lil regular season team that has never and will never will a cup with the Fembots being the focus.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Not to mention that this is the team who deemed “hometown hero” Willie Mitchell to be fit for the scrap yard … well look who’s getting the last laugh on that one, eh ? … the bottom line is that the Canucks can’t deal Luongo away until Schneider commits long term … and there’s no sign of that happening anytime soon … but even if Schneider does eventually sign on, they’ll still have the challenge of trying to find someone actually willing to take on Luongo’s massive contract … I was previously convinced that it would be Tampa Bay, but now I’m not so sure ? … not unless the Canucks sweeten the deal by throwing in a few notable players “in addition” to Luongo … that may sound crazy, but I’m not sure who’s going to commit to a 64 million dollar “back-up” goalie ? … in the end, unloading his contract may prove more difficult than finding a buyer for Greek government bonds !

      • jason9696 - May 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        I agree with hiltonandastoria. They can win all the President’s Trophies that they want. As long as the sisters are around. I doubt they will ever win the Stanley Cup.

  5. sergeikremlin - May 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    For now, both are part of the Vancouver Canucks organization, so it comes as no surprise (and doesn’t really mean all that much) when Gillis say there is a “distinct possibility” both remain in Van for next year.

    There’s also a “distinct possibility” that Luongo is traded, and a “lesser possibility” that Schneider is.

    Generalities aside, we all know the Canucks simply cannot go with this duo-straction for 82 more games and another Cup run.

    Luongo’s confidence in Van, as the starter, is shattered. He’s had the ultimate roller coaster ride, from setting records and being a hart/vezina finalist, to being the captain, to stopping off to win a gold medal in the city in the process, to the last few bizarre seasons. The ride is clearly over now and coming off the tracks to be more accurate.

    There is no room for two alpha males for this long, they both understand it’s fair to the other one to be a starter. Luongo took the initiative and didn’t hesitate to say he would waive his no-trade clause. He wants out and there are several teams who would be happy to have him. It will get done.

  6. bcisleman - May 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Of course its possible they could both stay. I’d say that the disappointing finish combined with Kesler being out for much of the first half may provide the impetus for a deal.

    Some may disagree, but I believe Lu’s contract will make it very hard to move him unless the new CBA allows VAN to provide serious cap relief for the other team. Even if it does, however, Schneider will remain the more attractive trade chip because of his age and the lack of a long term commitment.

    The Nucks can probably get a deal done for Rick Nash built around Schneider, a young forward and some picks. I’m guessing the forward might be Kassian, Raymond or Booth. Kassian would be who I’d want of those three if I was Howson.

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