Quite frankly, I am of the belief that the gap between the best goalie in the league and the worst is quite small. I believe any NHL caliber starting goalie is capable of winning a Vezina. Whether it's Schneider, Kinkaid, or whoever, it doesn't really matter to me. I think Kinkaid is capable of being a good goalie.
It was the whole idea that you think Schneider is as good as gone. You have no idea if he's gone or not. I'm not a big fan of the arrogance of Schneider personally. But I think he's a great goalie. That being said, I think Kinkaid is more than capable of being a great goalie as well.
Then, we're really not coming from that different of places here. I completely agree that the gap between NHL goaltenders is small, which is why I think they should send him somewhere for someone capable and a prospect or two. It doesn't matter who's between the pipes, as long as they're stopping pucks. That's why I think it's a useless gamble to try to resign him. Like I said, there is a chance he'll sign long term, I'm not so stuck in my opinion that I don't recognize that, but I don't want to see the day come where Schneider walks, and now we're looking at giving up a prospect for someone who isn't going to stop the same amount of shots as Cory or as someone we could get for Cory. That's where I'm coming from here.
But a lot of this is because of Lou's stubbornness in talking contracts during the season. If I knew he was talking to Cory through next season, I'd be confident that either A, they'd get a deal done, long or short term, or B, Lou would make the necessary trade if negotiations weren't going anywhere. I'd be a lot less gung-ho about this if that was the case.
Edited by thecoffeecake, 04 February 2014 - 11:56 PM.