Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/23/14

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks plays during the preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on September 17, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
At least get in the same book Cory Schneider failed to deliver the opening night performance general manager Mike Gillis was hoping for as he attempts to deal away the Vancouver Canucks more expensive goaltender. Roberto Luongo may have been expected to be start Sunday’s second of back-to-back weekend contests, but the context of his early return to the net on Saturday couldn’t have been worse. Schneider froze in his first act as the Vancouver’s goaltender of the future, making the transition to the Ginger Jesus era that much more concerning for Canucks fans as they accept the fate of number one. “Good luck kid, you’re going to need it.” Within the insignificant sample size of Vancouver’s first two games both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo have been regrettably poor in goal. The false start in the Canucks’ crease along with Alain Vigneault’s refusal to name a starter in advance of Wednesday’s divisional clash with the Flames has created the illusion that Vancouver’s two goaltenders are equals in the eyes of the team, yet like Harrison Mooney in yoga pants, this is simply wrong. Roberto Luongo’s spot on the trading block is as comfortable as Cory Schneider’s grip on the goaltending throne in Vancouver, and according to GM MG the call could come at any time to deal the veteran goaltender. In a lengthy interview with Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun Gillis ambiguously admitted a potential deal was in place but required further action in order to be finalized: “We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have – and it’s not who anybody thinks it is – and so we have to wait,” said Gillis. The key to managing a supposed goaltending controversy is to align the long-term intentions of management with the short-term decisions made by the coaching staff. In the early days of Cory Schneider’s time as Vancouver’s starting goaltender it must become perfectly clear that the team’s confidence firmly resides with the goaltender more likely to see Grouse Mountain thaw this spring. While Cory Schneider’s shaky start to the season could have been easily brushed aside by a vote of confidence from his head coach over the weekend, instead fans and media have been left to speculate over what we should already know: Luongo’s career in Vancouver is coming to a close, Schneider should be a guarantee to start against the Flames, and the sky will seem like it’s falling if the Canucks lose back-to-back games against divisional rivals. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LSU fan dies at end of win over Ole Miss

Giants surge past Royals to even World Series

Mich. St. upset with Michigan over spear planted on field

TCU puts up 82 points in win over Texas Tech

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Report: Chandler Jones could miss rest of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Army football enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

WATCH: Kansas St. fans chant 'We own Texas!'

WATCH: Chris Fowler rips 'stupid' fans over ESPN-SEC bias

WATCH: 5-year-old fan cries over Zdeno Chara's injury

LSU knocks off No. 3 Ole Miss

Miss. St. returns onside kick for TD in win over Kentucky

Bad idea: Couple goes blackface for Ray Rice Halloween costume

WATCH: Kentucky DB Blake McClain lays out Miss. St. WR

WATCH: Dwyane Wade videobombs himself

PHOTO: Blue Jackets forward came real close to losing his eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

Canucks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Fowler rips 'stupid' fans

Maddon prepared to sit out season

MSU upset with Michigan over spear

Couple in Ray Rice Blackface costume

Report: Army enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.