Just how much more can Cory Schneider take?
Two years after the Canucks used their first round draft pick on Schneider in 2004, Dave Nonis traded for Roberto Luongo. Seven years later and Schneider still hasn’t surpassed Luongo on the depth chart. Nearly nine years ago, he was drafted to be the Canucks’ goaltender of the future and that future still hasn’t quite arrived yet.
It seemed all but certain that Schneider had taken over the Canucks’ net permanently when he was named the starter for game three of the 2012 playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Schneider was superb in all three games he played, making 97 saves on 101 shots, including 43 in the Canucks’ only win of the series. Luongo reportedly requested a trade and the speculation on his destination began.
Only, Luongo didn’t go anywhere. And now, after outplaying Schneider so far this season, Luongo looks likely to take back the number one job, or at least 1A, demoting Schneider to the dreaded 1B.
Would anyone be surprised if he just lost it? Actually, it looks like he already has.Continue Reading —›
You might remember the Vancouver Southsiders from their infamous, February 12th appearance at Rogers Arena. With no Whitecaps to cheer for but feeling in the mood to cheer nonetheless, 75 members of the boisterous group of soccer fans wandered down the block for a tilt between the Vancouver Canucks and the Minnesota Wild, then proceeded to stand and cheer during the game.
How they did it, no one will ever understand. Here the Canucks were, locked in your standard, grind-it-out affair with the Christmas-coloured nap inducers of the Midwest, a game that ended 2-1, as usual, and yet there was a group… cheering? Odd, that.Continue Reading —›