I loved the trade for Cory Schneider. I praised it and praised it to no end. I still think it was a good move to seal up a young goaltender. How the goaltending situation has been handled is a little discomforting. This is not what I expected.
I know there was serious speculation that Schneider would split starts with Martin Brodeur but I never even gave it a serious thought. Now, through 5 games, Brodeur has played in 3 compared to Schneider’s two. The whole plan was to spare Brodeur during the back-to-backs and it has worked out as much as it could. Brodeur even started two straight games.
I was watching the MSG+2 postgame with Chico Resch and Steve Cangialosi and they suggested starting Cory Schneider Sunday night against the Winnipeg Jets. I have a real problem with this.
They said that you have to try some winning combination. How can you develop a trust in a goaltender if there is a different one in there every game?
What I mean is, how can the defense play comfortably and know what their goalie can handle if it is someone different all the time. That surely has to mess with your head with all the flip-flopping.
I’m not letting the defense off the hook, but it’s something to think about.
Imagine if the New York Giants switched Eli Manning in and out each game (yeah, obviously this is hypothetical). It would be tough on the receivers because you are going from Curtis Painter to a Super Bowl MVP. With Manning, you will have fairly well placed throws where your route is probably supposed to be (unless it is this season). With Painter, you don’t know if you are getting something worse than Tim Tebow in terms of accuracy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing Cory Schneider to Curtis Painter but it’s the concept that matters.
Part of playing defense is being able to rely on your goaltender to some extent and with constant change, it could be getting confusing for the defenders what your goaltender can handle.
Maybe it has no effect on the defense at all. It is definitely something to consider, though.
Also, how can you expect your goalie to get into a mental groove let alone physical one if he isn’t playing the majority of games.
No one has confirmed Cory Schneider will start Sunday but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.