Somehow, you just knew we weren’t going to be able to get too close to the trade deadline without those pesky Roberto Luongo trade rumors popping up again. And here we are.
There are once again rumors that the Vancouver Canucks could look to move their goaltender, just as they did for much of last summer and in the time prior to the season beginning. Whether or not that would be the right move for the franchise is up for some discussion.
The club is obviously very high on Cory Schneider, as they should be. He’s flashed some serious potential as a starting goaltender in his time backing up Luongo. However, in his time as a starter, he hasn’t quite yet proven that he’s capable of holding on to the starting gig.
He’s struggled a bit, particularly early on in the year. He’s actually been much better of late, winning six starts in a row before he was pulled in his last outing. His recent success is probably why we’ve heard these rumors that relate to Luongo making their way around once again.
While they may be eager to unload the massive contract that comes with Roberto Luongo, trading him may be the wrong move. Luongo’s proven to be insurance in the event of a Schneider meltdown, which we’ve seen on a couple of occasions so far this season. It may end up being Luongo’s turn to save Schneider when the playoffs roll around.
That’s not to say that the Canucks should keep him for the long term. When the summer rolls around and they have an opportunity to move him and replace him with a suitable backup, then they can pull the trigger on a deal. But for now, holding onto Luongo until that time makes more sense than dealing him before Wednesday.