NHL Trade Rumors: Anger Mounting over Canucks Confusing Goalie Situation

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 7, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 25:  Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks grabs a drink during a break against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on January 25, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Roberto Luongo is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks and is playing better in net in 2013 than he has in years. Predictably, Cory Scheider's side isn't happy.

Schneider's agent Mike Luit expressed to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun some concern about his client's playing time and the opportunities he'll have to be the team's starter moving forward. 

"Our concern is we were hoping that this would be the year that Cory would play 75 percent of the games."

That hasn't been the case so far this season. In fact, Schneider has played four games to Luongo's five. 

Luongo's performance has been much more impressive as well. He's 3-0-2 on the season and giving up just 1.53 goals per game with a .940 save percentage.

Schneider is 2-2-0 on the season while giving up more than three goals per contest.

While Schneider certainly can't be happy with his diminished playing time, his agent made it clear that they aren't pushing the Canucks to make a move and they understand the rigors of such an important transaction.

"We are only interested in resolution, we are not going to get into the finger-pointing game and to that end you have to take a step back and you have to give them latitude to make a business decision."

With Luongo outplaying the team's assumed starter at the moment, Schneider can't be too expressive in his dissatisfaction with the situation. He knows that if his play resembles a starter's role, he'll get that extra playing time.

But for now, Luongo has the hot hand, and at the very least he's improving his trade value. There are plenty of teams in the hunt for a solid, established starter, and if Luongo can prove that he's still capable of playing at the level he's become accustomed to, then his suitors will up their offer.

The Canucks are 5-2-2 and currently sit at third place in the Western Conference with 12 points, so the front office can't be complaining with the production of their one-two punch in the crease.

Regardless of the amount of wasted potential on the bench each game, their motives shouldn't have changed with Luongo's strong start.

After all, we aren't 10 games into the season yet.


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