Even when it comes to off-the-ice decisions, Vancouver Canucks goalies seem to love giving Tim Thomas a hard time.
No, it wasn’t Robert Luongo opening his mouth this time around, but rather Cory Schneider telling Thomas how he should have handled the White House situation.
“I have no problem with his personal beliefs, but [Thomas] can suck it up for an hour, say, ‘hi,’ and be with the team, and avoid all of this,” Schneider told The Province.
Schneider — a Marblehead, Mass., native and Boston College alum that has made 16 starts this season — said he thinks Thomas should be more appreciative of the opportunities he’s been given by playing in the United States.
“Respect the [presidency],” Schneider said. “He plays for Team USA and he has no problem making millions of dollars in the USA, but he can’t go say ‘hi’ to the President? You get a lot of benefits living in the U.S. and he should have a little bit of respect for that.
“It’s just the timing,” he added. “It’s poor timing. It’s about putting your own agenda aside to do something with the team whether you like the guy or not.”
Luongo, who made headlines during the 2011 Stanley Cup after saying the Game 5 game-winner against the B’s would have been an “easy save” for him, refused to comment on Thomas’ decision not to visit the White House.