Any other time, a goaltending controversy in Vancouver might have been a hot topic that threatened to distract the Canucks from turning things around.
Right now, 166 days after they lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins, the Vancouver Canucks and Head Coach Alain Vigneault are playing the hot hand because they need to.
Schneider, much like Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard, plied his trade in the AHL for several years waiting for an opportunity with the big club. He hasn't been given the job outright like Howard in Detroit, but Schneider has made the most of his time in the Canucks' net. In 47 games play (38 starts), Schneider is 24-13-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .922 save-percentage. The bulk of his workload in four seasons of games in the NHL came last year when he posted a 16-4-2 record with 22 starts.
The question around Schneider for a long time was usually what could GM Mike Gillis flip his value for in a deal. As Schneider's stock contin...