Saturday, November 22, 2008

Canucks recall Cory Schneider and re-assign Nolan Baumgartner

We know Luongo will miss some time. It's just a matter of "how much". In lieu of that the Canucks have called up super-Moose goalie Cory Schneider. From Canucks.com:

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Cory Schneider has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

The club also announced they have re-assigned defenceman Nolan Baumgartner to Manitoba.

Schnieder, 22, has posted a record of 10 wins and one loss, with one shutout in 11 games played this season with Manitoba. In addition his 1.37 GAA is the lowest in the AHL and his .945 save percentage places him second in that category as well. Schneider has led the Moose to an AHL best 28 points with a club record of 14-3-0 and first place in the AHL's North Division. His 10 wins are tied for the most in the League.
Those are impressive stats. But that is the AHL. How well will he perform in the NHL? He played weel in preseason I remember, but that is different as well. I am looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff. Basically, Schneider will try to prove that he can backup Luongo or be a Canucks starting goalie in the future. What more motivation does he need?
The way the Canucks are rallying around Curtis Sanford lately, I'd say it's a safe bet The Sandman will get the majority of the starts in Luongo's absence. But anything can happen.
Like I've said elsewhere online, I am not worried about the Canucks without Luongo. This is a huge opportunity for Sanford and Schneider.

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4 Comments:

At November 23, 2008 at 9:58 AM , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

One whole post without a mention of Wellwood...

 
At November 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

It's too bad you won't get to see Luongo live at GM Place on Monday. In my negative thinking, I can't help but figure the Canucks are due for a tough home loss after such a great road trip, but the Red Wings won last night against Calgary so maybe we can sneak out a win somehow.

Watch Sanford get a really good ovation at GM place when they announce his name. I think he's proven himeself a lot the past two games. He should really be starting more games. I hate the thought of Lu getting 75+ starts, it's just too much.

 
At November 23, 2008 at 5:54 PM , Blogger KevinV said...

I agree, I think this is Sanford's opportunity. Hopefully, he'll grab it.

 
At November 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Why couldn't Louie have tweaked his groin on Monday night instead?
The collective gasp accross GM Place would be nerve-racking.

Sanford is good. And I trust the team in front of him. But Detroit won't be a picnic.

 

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