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Schneider faces stiff challenge in replacing Luongo

Aug 14, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider Getty Images

Cory Schneider isn’t just replacing a goalie who took the Vancouver Canucks within a win of winning a Stanley Cup in 2011.

In replacing Roberto Luongo, he’ll follow an incredibly difficult act: arguably the greatest goalie in franchise history.

Just look at the major team records Luongo holds:

Wins: 224
Shutouts: 33
Most wins in a season: 47 (in 2006-07), also owns second place with 40 in 09-10
Most shutouts in a season: 9 (in 2008-09)
Most games played in a season: 76 (in 2006-07)
Longest single-season shutout streak: 242:36 (in 2008-09)
Tied for the most shutouts and wins in a single postseason: (15 wins and four shutouts in 2011)

Those numbers make one think of a certain hair metal song of questionable repute.

Schneider has produced excellent numbers as a backup in Vancouver, but he has a long way to go to truly top Luongo – even if many find that hard to believe.

Then again, to plenty of Canucks fans, merely winning 16 postseason games – and the franchise’s first Stanley Cup – would mean more than enough.

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  1. t16rich - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I just hope we have a vet back up and Lack plays another year in the minors. The last thing the team needs is Schneider to struggle at some point and then hear a bunch of idiots calling for Lack to become the starter, especially in Schneids first year as starter. We are Vancouver after all….. If you’re our starting goalie, we will eventually turn on you. On the other hand though, Schneider seems as cool and calm as they come, so I don’t see him having seeds of doubt planted if he struggles. It’s about getting a Cup though. Luongo’s records aren’t going anywhere for at least 7 seasons, likely never though. Go Schneids, it’s your time!!!!

  2. sergeikremlin - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    All Schneider has to do is get the team into the playoffs and give the team a chance to win every night in the playoffs. The only record that matters in Vancouver is 0 Stanley Cups.

  3. flyerscup2010 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    as a philadelphian, i apologize for the existence of cinderella. producing them is our greatest regret since the day that santa got snowballs thrown at him 50 years ago.

  4. thesneakysalamander - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Last I checked, Luongo hasnt been traded yet

  5. withseidelinn - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    That shutout streak is actually insane.

  6. pastabelly - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    thesneakysalamander – Aug 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM
    Last I checked, Luongo hasnt been traded yet
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    Does Vancouver really think any GM will give them anything of value for Luongo. Nobody in his right mind would give Luoungo a deal like that if he were an unrestricted free agent. So, why would a GM give up a player AND be stuck with that crappy contract? Luongo is stuck in Vancouver until they decide to cut their losses and take next to nothing for him.

    • kitshky - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:48 AM

      $5.3 million cap hit with a buy out clause in year 6 … do some research and try commenting based on something other than blind bias next time k? Thanks.

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