Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/16/14

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!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Urban Meyer discusses notion of running 2-QB system

Report: Tiger Woods to practice at Augusta

Did Jerry Jones want enough cap room to add Peterson?

Robert Kraft testifies, recalls conversation with Hernandez

Phil Jackson issues message of hope to season ticket holders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Heart attack prompted Armstead's retirement from Pats

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Demaryius Thomas planning to skip Broncos' workouts

WATCH: Shaq rips Lakers, Clippers during Bieber roast

Can we envision the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals?

Bettor to win $1M if Michigan State wins national title

Five NFL coaches already on the hot seat

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

PHOTO: Minor league team to wear Jabba the Hutt jerseys

Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes ride on top of a moving plane

NHL 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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

Five coaches already on the hot seat

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It's sparring tall-tale season

The MLBPA has a problem

Final Four preview: Can every team win?

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.