Canucks look to deal Mathieu Schneider to resolve playing time issue

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A dispute over playing time created a rift between Mathieu Schneider and the Canucks, and has left Vancouver GM Mike Gillis trying to deal the defenceman and former client.

Schneider left the Canucks after a home game against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 20. Schneider took issue with a lack of playing time, and the fact he was a healthy scratch for several games. In two recent games Schneider sat while depth defenceman Aaron Rome played. Schneider wasn’t recovered from offseason shoulder surgery until Oct. 25. Since then he’s been healthy but played in only 17 of the Canucks 28 games.

The Canucks have only described Schneider’s two-week absence from the team as a “personal matter.”

In the offseason, Schneider targeted the Canucks as the team he wanted to sign with because he saw an opportunity to play a big role on Vancouver’s power play. But the late summer acquisition of Christian Ehrhoff essentially squeezed Schneider into a depth role. At age 40, it’s not the role he wants to be stuck with for the season.

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