NHL Trade Speculation: 3 Trades That Could Pry Cory Schneider from Vancouver
Three teams that could make a trade with Vancouver for Schneider.
The Canucks are missing that element now, and Steve Downie could certainly provide it. Downie also posted an impressive 14 points in 17 games for the Lightning in their playoff run last spring.
The Lightning are also in desperate need of a goalie. Yes, Dwayne Roloson was awesome in the playoffs last year, but he is also turning 42 next week.
Adding another bona fide scoring threat to play with Kesler would allow the Canucks to shift one of their current second-liners down to the third line, and so on, creating a ripple effect that would strengthen all the lines.
Zach Parise would certainly be able to fill that role. Last season he was limited to only 13 games due to injury, but in the previous four seasons, he averaged 37 goals. The versatile winger has also played with Kesler in international play for Team USA, and the pair has shown chemistry.
But why would the New Jersey Devils give up Parise?
Well, they may not have a choice. Parise is currently making $6 million and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Dustin Byfuglien can play forward (he was a winger with the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks), but the versatile behemoth can also play defence.
WIth his booming shot, Byfuglien put up 53 points—including 20 goals—while playing defence for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise.
However, there are rumblings that management is not happy about Byfuglien’s offseason, which included an arrest over drunken boating charges, as well as potentially more charges to come. His weight over the summer also ballooned to almost 300 pounds.