Schneider's future with Canucks decidedly murky

Cory Schneider’s hockey future has more potential twists and turns than a David Baldacci novel.

This we know: Schneider’s career goal is to become a clear-cut No. 1 in the NHL and receive the playing time – and contract dollars – that go with it. But as long as Roberto Luongo and his contract and $5.33-million cap hit that runs through 2022 are here, it’s not going to hap-pen in Vancouver.

The growing maturity of Schneider’s play has forced the Canucks to alter their approach to the team’s goaltending position. Schneider, 25, is showing he’s ready to be a starter and they appear willing to let him run with the ball.

In the short term, it shapes up as a positive for the Canucks, in that they have two good goaltenders to choose from.

In the longer term, though, Schneider’s future with the Canucks is murky.

Just how murky? There are many moving parts, but here are some of the possible scenarios:

First and foremost, because the young goalie is such an asset, there’s the trade scenario. That’s unlikely this season, unless some team makes the Canucks an offer they can’t refuse. They’ll be much more comfortable going into the play-offs with two very viable options in goal.

But Schneider’s contract situation may trigger a trade after the season. He’s on the final year of his deal, although he will be a restricted free agent. That means the only way for him to sign with another team would be through an offer sheet.

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23 Responses to Schneider's future with Canucks decidedly murky

  1. reinjosh says:

    I'll be very interested to see what the Canucks do with Schneider. Unlike Bernier (another highly touted prospect), he's produced at the NHL level. Now he's playing incredibly well (save last nights horrible game). He could have incredible value to a team like Tampa Bay or New Jersey, both with aging starters. 

    Or with Lindback. Coming from the Nashville system, he's put up some nice numbers in limited NHL experience and has shown some serious potential. Another strong trade chip should (or when if you believe Poile) Nashville go after that forward star. 
  2. reinjosh says:

    So last night incarceratedbob posted a tweet about a potential Iggy trade. I'm not exactly a fan of his NHL tweets, as they always seem…suspect (he's gold for NBA, NFL rumors) but this one was interesting, if only for discussion purposes. 

    It was Montreal offering up a deal based around Iggy for Weber, Pacioretty and a 1st. Obviously other pieces would have to go both ways to make the cap work and such but it was an interesting piece. Montreal has a desperate need for an offensive player and Iggy could be a huge spark for them. That's a steep price though. Pacioretty is considered (at least as far as I can tell), the power forward of the future in Montreal and that pick could very well be a top 10 pick if Montreal doesn't improve. 
    From Montreal's perspective, I wouldn't do this. But that's because I think Montreal needs to retool the team and start a mini rebuild and I think Pacioretty should be one of the guys they build around. As a Flames fan, I do like it. Pacioretty is really enticing and the prospect of getting two top 10 picks is…mouth watering. Pacioretty and two top ten picks this year could be great starting points for the new team.Building around Pacioretty, Baerscthi, Reinhart, Ferland, and two guys from the top ten this year would be a nice start to the future.
  3. albertateams says:

    I like it for Calgary for sure but I really doubt Montreal moves Pacioretty. Not a huge Weber fan though I don't see a lot of value in him. As far as cap goes there is always the Gomez albatross that could be used for added return. Maybe something like:

    Cal: Gomez, Pacioretty, Tinordi, 1st, Avtsin

    Mtl: Iggy, Stempniak, mid pick/prospect

    Essentially Calgary takes on the shit sandwich that is Gomez for the add prospects.

    On a different note it looks like Giordano is going to be out long term, which should drop us further down the standings as he is one of the only guys on the team that has actually looked like he cares this season.

    Cory Sarich has also requested a trade. Although I'm pretty sure he could have been had for the past 6 months if anybody offered anything.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Haha yeah I saw that. I was like "no one wants you lol".

    That's not a terrible package. I'm not a fan of Gomez but to get Pacioretty, Tinordi, 1st I'd probably do it. Weber's a toss in for all I care. The guy I want is Pacioretty. I'd probably ask for a 2nd as well but semantics. 
  5. reinjosh says:

    One of the most interesting interviews I have seen in a long time. It's Brian Burke, so some of you might not like it, but damn its interesting. 

    Apparently Brendan Burke helped mend the whole Penner fiasco that came between Burke and Lowe (didn't realize). But even better, that almost ended in a f*cking fist fight between the two GM's. Actually! They literally had plans to rent a barn and have a fist fight in it to settle the shit between them before Burke stepped in. 
  6. hockey_lover says:

    lol shit sandwich?   Dude, thats amazing lol

    Having said that … its being too kind.

  7. albertateams says:

    Pacioretty would be the key for sure but I really like Tinordi too and with Montreal having some good young D in the system and in the NHL maybe they can afford to move him any thing after those to and the first round pick would be bonus IMO.

  8. reinjosh says:

    A package based around those three would definitely be enticing. I'm also a fan of Tinordi so I can live with that.

  9. reinjosh says:

    And by Burke stepping in I mean Gary Bettman. He told them he would suspend them if they followed through on the plan. 

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    Hahaha that's hilarious. Renting a barn??? What interview was this?

  11. lafleur10 says:

    if we're trading pacioretty,tinordi and a 1st! i will gaurantee you it's more than just iginla and stempniak coming to the habs try rene bourque and a defenceman as well

  12. lafleur10 says:

    alos pacioretty won't be traded as you said reinjosh he's the powerforward we've been looking for ,for many years and he's 1 of the guys that we are going to build around! pacioretty,subban,price are our buildings blocks going forward!he's a future powerforward that will score 30 + goals those guys are hard to come by plus he's very young and iginla is almost 34 yrs old he's a great player but he's not the iginla of old so i think if pacioretty is what the flames want they i say no!

  13. lafleur10 says:

    is that what your mother raised?

  14. mapleleafsfan says:

    Cole payed for Leblancs parents to come to see his first nhl game against anaheim the other night. Classy move. 

    Funny piece of info just to annoy lafleur as well.. He's the first draft pick montreal has made to actually suit up for them since the 2007 draft. I thought the habs had the best scouts/prospects in the league?
  15. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Iggy is just worth that much even at his age.. More isn't going back. 

  16. lafleur10 says:


  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I think Calgary can get better offers than what you're preparing to offer.

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Except, Pacioretty has never scored 30 goals nor has he proven thus far he will be consistent at it.

    Look at Kulemin, very comparable players, but he scored 30 last year…And this year he's been poop. Power forwards have always been up and down players.

  19. reinjosh says:

    Man forgot the links too. Sorry lol. School haze near exams lol.

    Here's the article on the just the fight 
    The actual interview is on The Score hockey blog and its actual just a preview for the full interview. The most interesting things are the fight and the fact that Brendan actually helped mend the relationship between Burke and Lowe. 
  20. reinjosh says:

    YEah I saw that too. Cool story. Those are the types of things you like to hear about, although I'm sure Cole would have preferred no one did. 

    Yeah I saw that too haha. I think it was like the 7th rounder in 2007 and on haven't seen a game in the NHL. Granted its a little hard to count 2010 and 2011 but still 2008, 2009 and only draft pick has seen a game? Its midly concerning. 
  21. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    A lot of declining players get a lot more then they're worth, but you know Iggy still has the ability to put up 30 – 35 goals with physical play, and he brings a lot of leadership and experience to the table.

    I'm not saying do the trade, I'm saying that he's just worth that much.
    What's with the cap locks? Are you trying to imply that you're angry? Or are you emphasizing on something that everyone already knows?
  22. lafleur10 says:

    no sorry sometimes my son plays on the computer and uses caps lock! so when i start typing and it's on there and i've typed a reply i'm not going to start it over again so i just leave it! but anyway i just don't think a guy that will be 35 and is indecline worth that imo

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