Schneider Trade Rumors Surface Again

Training camp is just getting started but it didn’t take long for the Cory Schneider trade rumblings to begin.

It’s gotten to the point where some have become numb to the Schneider rumors. The day will eventually come when Vancouver officially chooses to pull the plug and move their prized asset. Many expect a trade involving the former Boston College standout could come as early as training camp or as late as the trade deadline.

Most around the league view Schneider as a legit number one NHL goaltender. Just look around the league and you’ll find plenty of teams where Schneider could walk in and immediately be the guy.

Two of those teams are Columbus and Phoenix who have apparently expressed some level of interest in Schneider. Columbus heads into the season with Steve Mason as their number one and a backup with no NHL experience in Mark Dekanich. They spent a bunch of money this summer by trading for Jeff Carter as well as signing D-man James Wisniewski. You can spend as much money as you want but you better have a goaltender that can get you to where you want to go. Mason, who’s entering his fourth season, has had his moments but he’s also had stretches of inconsistency.

Spending a bunch of the Owners money and not making the playoffs is usually a recipe for firing a General Manager. Columbus may need to upgrade in goal to be taken serious as a playoff team.

You can argue Schneider’s value may never be higher than what it is today. The price tag to get Schneider will likely be a combination of at least a 1st round pick and a player who can help the Canucks today.