Schneider ready to assist Canucks any way he can

When it comes to his future, the only thing Cory Schneider knows is that he’s joining the Vancouver Canucks for the rest of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.

With the Manitoba Moose eliminated in the first round by the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canucks will recall Schneider, along with several teammates, in the coming days to serve as depth for their second-round series and beyond.

“It will be great to be in the city, I’m sure Vancouver is going to be electric and everyone is going to be buzzing about the playoffs,” Schneider told the Sun on Monday from Toronto. “I don’t know what my role will be, probably just practising with a couple other guys, but to be in that environment will be a lot of fun.

“I’ve done it here, but that level is another beast. I’ll try to contribute any way that I can.”

Schneider
, 24, also plans to stay mentally and physically sharp, just in case he is called upon at some point.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” said Schneider , a first round pick (26th overall) of the Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. “Goalie’s are getting run over and landed on all the time. You’re one injury from being in contention. Obviously, you don’t want to want to wish that on anybody, but I’m going to work hard and if something happens, I’ll be ready.”

Schneider wasn’t ready for the Moose season to be over, but realizes that he’s most likely played his final game in antlers.

“If it is the end, it’s been a great three years and I’ve taken a lot away from this,” said Schneider , who appeared in a career-high 66 American Hockey League games this season, including the playoffs. “I’ve enjoyed every second of it. The city and the organization has done everything they could for me and I’ve tried to give that back to them. It’s been a great relationship.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen in the off-season or next season. You never say never. The game works in funny ways.”

Schneider will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and is subject to NHL waivers next season, so he’ll either be Roberto Luongo’ s back-up with the Canucks or joining another organization via trade.

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