I worked in retail for five years, so I speak from experience (and deep emotional scarring) when I say that Boxing Day is the worst. It’s not just the long and frenzied day, either — it’s the day before, when the dread begins to settle in. Basically, if you have to work Boxing Day, Christmas is ruined because everything after lunch is mental preparation for tomorrow’s rumble.
I thought of this when Alain Vigneault announced that Cory Schneider was getting the start versus the Chicago Blackhawks, explaining that the decision was made before the All-Star break because Roberto Luongo, unlike Schneider, has a family. Some people scoffed, but it made sense to me. In effect, Luongo was able to enjoy his full vacation because he didn’t have to begin the mental prepwork before he left. As a Boxing Day survivor, this made sense to me, and as a Canuck fan that has witnessed Luongo burn out emotionally, it made even more sense to ensure his restful family time was as restful as possible.
Still, many read Vigneault’s decision very differently.
NESN’s Jack Edwards, for instance, took that and the fact that Schneider got the start in Boston and jumped to the absurd conclusion that Frecklesnoot was the Canucks’ starting goalie in the playoffs. He espoused this zany theory on Wednesday’s Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast:
If you’re violently opposed to listening to audio files, here’s what he said:
I think that when push comes to shove, it’s gonna be Cory Schneider’s job. You look at how Cory Schneider did against the Bruins in what was just a street-fight — that was a knife fight of a hockey game — and who knows what would have happened if Lucic hadn’t been thrown out four minutes in, but as it warrants, Vancouver won the game. It was an incredibly emotional, up-and-down game and Schneider played well enough to win it. [Tuesday] night, if Schneider’s not in that game, that’s 5-1 in regulation, right?
Is it really all about resting Roberto Luongo? Isn’t there a pattern there if, when you’re playing Chicago in a pretty important emotional game coming out of the All-Star break, that Schneider gets the start? When you’re playing in Boston — your one and only shot against a team that deprived you of the dream of everyone in the franchise — that you rest Roberto Luongo? It doesn’t add up.
One of the reasons it doesn’t add up is that Edwards is doing math where there is none to be done. He only has two examples, they’re two regular-season games in a schedule of 82, and there are no more or fewer points on the line than the other 80. In short, there’s not much here.
Maybe he’d have more examples if Schneider started more often, but, like most backups, his starts are infrequent. The Chicago game was his first in 21 days and only the third in the month of January.
Furthermore, while both Boston and Chicago were big games, it’s not like Schneider’s getting all the big games all of a sudden. Tuesday was the third time the Canucks have played the Blackhawks this season, and Schneider and Luongo only split the other two because Luongo was hurt for one of them.
And is a game versus Chicago really less important than Thursday’s game versus the Conference-leading Red Wings, a Roberto Luongo start? Schneider got one controversial start and Edwards extrapolated that into full-fledged wackiness.
But clearly we’ve reached a unique point in the Highlander-esque saga involving Schneider, Luongo, and the fact that there can only be one starting goalie. Basically, this controversy, which I’ve dubbed “The Redhead and the Redheaded Stepchild”, reaches a fever pitch every single time Schneider plays a game, let alone plays well.Tags: Cory Schneider, Jack Edwards, reason, the Bruins media are not quality sources when it comes to Canucks coverage, wild theories