The agent for Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider says he would not be shocked if both Roberto Luongo and his client remain with the Canucks next season.

"No, I wouldn't be surprised," Mike Liut, himself a former longtime NHL goalie, said Monday. "Cory is not unrestricted so that is part of the process, too. If he were unrestricted, then I would be absolutely surprised. Astounded would be closer to the word. But that is not where they are at."

Liut said Canucks fans and the media that cover the team are making too much of the decision coach Alain Vigneault made to start Schneider in Game 4 in Los Angeles last Wednesday night when Vancouver's playoff life was first on the line.

"I don't think you should read that much into it," he said. "It's a playoff series. It's like pulling a goalie. Sometimes you pull a goalie not because he played bad, but because he got hung out to dry and you are trying to change the momentum and sometimes it works. And when you are in this situation and you play Cory and he loses (Game 3) 1-0 well, you tend to stay with him. Why not? Then (after winning Game 4) it's 3-1 and of course you are going to stay with him and then they lost last night. There is no other opportunity to change the momentum back because the series is over.