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Canucks: Will Cory Schneider’s role expand this season?

The Forgotten Man

The love for Cory Schneider extends beyond a Vancouver fan bias. The former first-round pick is regarded by many as the NHL’s best backup goalie.

We could take it further and say that many people – myself included – believe Schneider could start for half the teams in the league.

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Last season, Schneider got 22 starts and made the most of them, going 16-4-2 with a 2.23 ERA and .929 save percentage.

He only started one game in the 2011 playoffs but appeared five times in total, posting a 2.58 goals against average and .915 save percentage (Roberto Luongo’s was at 2.56 and .914 for the playoffs).

"Schneider could start for half the teams in the league!"

Those are starter’s numbers.

The kid has clearly proven he deserves to play more.

The question Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault must answer this year is whether not Schneider will in fact play more  — at Roberto Luongo’s expense.

Luongo has been much maligned for his hot-and-cold play with Vancouver, particularly in the playoffs, but it’s very difficult to argue with his outstanding regular-season numbers.

After just four seasons with the team, Luongo is first on the Canucks all-time in shutouts and, save percentage and goals against average and second in wins.

So, as much as some fans call for his head, Luongo doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Remember, he’s under contract through 2021-22.

Given his massive deal, I can’t help but wonder if Vancouver would be better off trading Schneider for a nice return that can help its lineup right now.

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