Controversy: A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.
The only goaltending controversy with the Vancouver Canucks is with the fans of the team. It has been going on for a long time and isn't about to go away any time soon. Not in this critical hockey-mad market. There is no hate for Cory Schneider. That is generally reserved for Roberto Luongo. And with Schneider winning 4 straight games and being on a massive hot streak, the gasoline has been thrown on the fire, again. I started reading some comments on Twitter tonight and had to stop before I pulled out a knife and scalped myself. By the way, Lou had won 3 of his last 4 starts before his upper body injury. The team defence had not even gotten it's collective act together like they have now on their current winning streak.
and I am going to try to keep this as short as possible, rather than grumble over Luongo's past failures, his salary, expectations, etc, only one word matters at this point: WINNING. And now, more than ever, you can see that Canucks management is focused on it. I am still in shock that they even started Schneider against the Sharks. I am so used to Alain Vigneault going with the money goalie (Luongo) at almost any cost. But no, for the first time in Luongo's tenure here, the coach decided to ride the hot backup goaltender instead. What was that little factoid I saw on Hockey Night In Canada last night? Luongo had not been a healthy backup in consecutive games since the 2000-01 season? Holy macaroni! What a dramatic development we have here in Vancouver! I hope this trend continues all season long. Ride the hot goalie. Imagine now how much Luongo is going to have to be ready to kick some ass whenever he plays next? That's how it SHOULD BE.
No more double standards, hopefully. Even the goalies earn playing time in Vancouver now. Perfect! It's a healthy inner competition that pays off. What's this talk about this lack of playing time affecting Luongo's fragile psyche? If that is true then he doesn't even deserve to play in this league. I saw a cheerful Lou on the bench against the Sharks. He wasn't sulking. He'll be ready.
Now having said that, let your voice be heard! Does AV go with his #1 money goalie in Luongo or does he ride the Schneid until further notice?
Who should Alain Vigneault start against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday?
Roberto Luongo (148 votes)
Cory Schneider (357 votes)
505 total votes