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Canucks have entertained calls on both goalies

Jun 21, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman spoke with the media Thursday and – surprise, surprise – Vancouver’s goaltending situation came up.

“Mike (Gillis) has entertained calls on both goaltenders…it falls into the category of ‘problems you don’t mind having’,” Gilman said, according to the Canucks official Twitter feed.

It shouldn’t come as a shock that Gilman specified that teams have inquired about Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. After all, Schneider is younger and not tied down to a dangerously long-term contract. Of course, that’s also why most people assume that if Vancouver is going to trade anyone, it’ll be Luongo.

Over the last couple of weeks, the market value for Luongo has probably climbed. Tomas Vokoun, Josh Harding, and Anders Lindback are all off the market. At this point, the most appealing potential unrestricted free agent is probably Scott Clemmensen and the list gets significantly less appealing after that.

At the same time, the wrinkle in the Canucks’ plans might be Schneider. He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and Vancouver is probably hoping that he’ll agree to a long-term contract at a reasonable price. The nightmare scenario for Vancouver would be to trade Luongo this summer and then lose Schneider as an unrestricted free agent in the not too distant future.

For that reason, the possibility of Vancouver trading Schneider over Luongo can’t entirely be dismissed. If Schneider isn’t signed to a long-term deal, then sticking with Luongo might actually be the safer bet for Vancouver.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Maybe they’re lucky and may dump Lou to TOR, or they’ll have an tense situation in the crease next year. Other options don’t seem feasible to me.

  2. bcisleman - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Schneider is the guy to move. Much better return. Any issues Lu has will disappear with Schneider gone because he’ll know he’s the guy.

    • ron05342 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:18 AM

      I don’t understand your position at all. Luongo allowed 7 goals in two games AT HOME against the Kings (and appeared shaky in doing so) and Schneider allowed only 4goals against the Kings in three games.

      To me, Schneider should be the no. 1 guy for Vancouver next year.

  3. rob1986s - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    As much crap as Luongo gets for being a ‘choker’, the fact remains that he has never lost in the first round of the playoffs. For a team that is under pressure to make the playoffs, that is an intriguing statistic.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      I’d rather lose a first round playoff series than be pulled and replaced.

    • ron05342 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      The only reason this statistic is still “alive” is that he was pulled in favor of Schneider; if they had kept Luongo for the entire series, they would have been swept by the Kings.

  4. sergeikremlin - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Looking at supply and demand of goaltenders in the league, I can’t help but see this situation unfolding between the pipes around the league as a negative for the Canucks.

    The supply is very thin now, with Luongo as the only feasible number one on the market. As well, the price for Luongo is likely very high.

    The demand for goalies around the league is also very thin, with teams filling their nets here and there, straying away from Bobby Lu’s lifetime contract. Not too many teams are in the market for a #1 anymore.

    Due to this, the return for Luongo will have to be lowered in order for a trigger to be pulled. Teams know the Canucks can’t afford both, and that there simply aren’t that many suitors out there.

    If the demand was high and the supply was low, the Canucks would be in the enviable position they speak of, but with a low-low outcome, they are stuck with a couple of teams, and low-ball offers. I think this is why Gillis is talking “late summer” in terms of a deal happening. It will need to be hammered out over a long period of time.

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