"Cory. Knock it off. Seriously."

If you’ve been out of the loop since the final horn sounded versus Columbus, here’s the latest in The Redhead and the Redheaded Stepchild (my title for the Highlander-esque saga involving Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo, and the fact that there can only be one starting goalie): after yet another fantastic performance versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Schneider has been declared the starter for his seventh straight game.

The decision caused many in Canuck nation to do a double take, especially with how quickly after the game the announcement came. Clearly, Alain Vigneault felt the decision to be something of a no-brainer, because he wasted very little time thinking about it.

But that’s because it likely didn’t take that much thought.

Surprising as it was, it really wasn’t all that surprising: While Schneider hasn’t registered a shutout for two straight games (is he sick?), he’s only gotten better over the course of this current hot streak. If the game in San Jose was enough to earn him a sixth straight start, the game versus Columbus — in which he was arguably better, stopping 47 shots — was undoubtedly going to earn him a seventh.

That in mind, nothing about our opinion on this situation has changed. Schneider (and frankly, the whole team) was on a hot streak after the Canucks’ road trip ended. He’s still on it, and as long as he continues to be, Alain Vigneault is going to ride the hot hand like a puppet full of Bengay. In short, the starting job is indeed Schneider’s to lose but, unless he maintains a goals against average below 1.00 for the rest of his tenure in Vancouver, losing it is pretty much a guarantee.

Unfortunately, while nothing has changed in regards to this situation, the media continues to badger Roberto Luongo about it, even though it has very little to do with him at this point.

(Granted, it’s never a bad idea to harass Funny Bob. The more you talk to him, the more likely he is to give you a tongue-in-cheek quote that can be spun wildly out of context, and his “We’re both number ones” is definitely that. Completely innocuous, but at worst, it’s the mildly delusional statement of a person only half-willing to admit he’s become a staple of the bench, what with the way he’s been stapled to the bench. Seriously, thrusting a recorder in his face is the NHL media equivalent of hitting a pinata. Eventually, he’s gonna spill something delicious.)

This really isn’t a hard situation to figure out, and yet the hemming and hawing shows no signs of coming to an end. It’s enough to make you wonder if Alain Vigneault decided to insert Mason Raymond into the lineup versus the Predators just so that the papers would have something else to talk about.

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18 comments

  1. Harrison Mooney
    December 1, 2011

    I gotta admit, Cambo, the effort you put into being a misinformed cynic is undeniable.

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  2. JDM
    December 1, 2011

    Wait, the game in Anaheim? Did the Sharks move cities?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 1, 2011

      Smartass. Thanks, fixed.

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  3. yobbei
    December 1, 2011

    uhh.. he played SJ who were on a 4-game winning streak and stopped 43 out of 45 shots.

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    • John in Marpole
      December 1, 2011

      Don’t confuse a troll like Cambo with facts. It makes them sad when you do that.

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  4. Kit
    December 1, 2011

    “Alain Vigneault is going to ride the hot hand like a puppet full of Bengay.”

    I did an actual spit-take, and now there is Mountain Dew on my monitor.

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    • The Bookie
      December 1, 2011

      Kit, you must learn the ways of the bulis. Whenever I come here to read a new article or (especially!) for the IWTG’s, I first carefully move my beer/coffee/water far far away from my laptop. Monitor spitting is a serious problem on this site.

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  5. Jay bouw
    December 1, 2011

    Thank god someone finally addressed this crazy elephant in the room in a common sense sort of way! Seriuosly I have lost all faith in intelligent sports news other than PITB. Sesationalism is frustrating as a fan, but I guess its what keeps radio listeners tuned in.

    If nothing else Schneider’s play should at least light a bit of a fire under Luo’s ass. We all know he is a phenomenal goalie when he’s in the zone. And I am sure that when he gets his chance again he will shine. In the meantime I will enjoy the fact that we are fortunate enough to have two “number one” goaltenders while other teams are stilling trying to find one! What does that say about our goalie coaching staff!?

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  6. TheWellwoods
    December 1, 2011

    Awww man, you guys have troll commenters now?! Lucky. This means you’ve “arrived”.

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  7. jenny wren
    December 1, 2011

    When Lui starts some future night!
    I truly hope it goes alright,
    Because if he is badly beaten,
    Forth comes then The Scurvy Cretin,

    The one who generates much hate
    From his unenlightened state,
    A reincarnate Caliban
    Who shits on ev’ry thing he can.

    He’s a lowlife waste of time
    Whose lack of couth is not sublime.
    He’s but a trolling predator
    Another a.hole I deplore.

    Luongo at this season’s end:
    Will hoist the Cup I do contend.

    Jenny Wren

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    • natevk
      December 1, 2011

      Some of these poems are getting good: throwing a Tempest reference in there? Bravo!

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  8. CanuckFanInSF
    December 1, 2011

    Ugh. So sick and tired of this whole “goalie controversy” and I don’t even live in Vancouver!

    I see you’re not a fan of Icy Hot.

    I wonder if the management can make Luongo unavailable to the press ala Crosby when he got sick and tired of answering the “how are you feeling” “when are you coming back” questions. Then again if they do, then it’s throwing more fuel into the already raging fire. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 1, 2011

      Oh man, if Luongo was unavailable for comment, the city would explode.

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      • TubaNat
        December 1, 2011

        Headline: “Luongo locks himself in the bathroom, refuses to come out til he has starting position”

        Ah, how the media do enjoy beating dead horses….

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    • John in Marpole
      December 1, 2011

      Agreed this is tiresome, however there is some amusement/entertainment in listening to some of the talking heads on 1040 get annoyed when people, including people from the team, point out – accurately – that the “goalie controversy” is a construct of certain members of the media.

      I don’t blame a 24/7 hockey talk radio station for trying to generate interest by hyping something like this as they have, it’s the indignation 1 or 2 of the on-air types have exhibited when they are held to account for this “controversy” that I find laughable.

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  9. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011

    New nick-name for Schneider: “the C-Wall” (for those of you that missed it it’s also a significant land mark in Vancouver)

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  10. seethruhead
    December 1, 2011

    Dale, dale, dale!
    No pierdas el tino!
    Porque si lo pierdes!
    Pierdes el camino!

    Awesome. Can’t even imagine how much money would be raised if Lui agreed to let us paper mache him with a pencil, glue and rainbow paper for a game.

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  11. Tengeresz
    December 1, 2011

    You have to work on your spinning wildly out of context attempts my friend. Try this:

    “We’re both Number Ones” said Luongo, fuelling rampant speculation that Scheider is about to be traded to (insert team needing a starting goaltender) for (insert unlikely trade prospect here).

    If you really wanted to get things going, you’d include a three way trade scenario involving Bobby Ryan (to go with that other Ryan guy we’ve got).

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