Under Appreciated: The Mathieu Schneider Story

Mathieu Schneider is always up there among the leaders in defensive scoring, and is always an elite defenseman, and yet, his total Norris trophies? 0. His total all-star game appearances? 2.
So Schneider is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he’s sure to demand big money. The 38 year old blue liner only made $3.3 million dollars this year. Mike Rathje, Derian Hatcher, Sergei Gonchar, Jaroslav Spacek, Wade Redden, Chris Phillips, Bryan McCabe, and Pavel Kubina are just a few of the inferior defenseman who make more than Schneider. Their salaries range from $3.5-$6.5 million.

Really, Jaroslav Spacek makes $200kmore than Mathieu Schneider.

Mathieu Schneider is a two time World Cup veteran, once winning in 1996 with team USA, and is a two time Olympic veteran with the United States. Want to hear something shocking? In 2002, Mathieu Schneider was left off the US Olympic roster. Tom Poti, Brian Rafalski, Aaron Miller, Brian Leetch, Phil Housley, Gary Suter, and Chris Chelios made it. Now, I can understand Schneider missing a spot to seasoned USA veterans Housley, Suter, Chelios, and Leetch, and even Rafalski, who I’ve always been a fan of. But how does he lose his spot to Aaron Miller and Tom Poti? If Schneider was hurt at the time, someone please tell me. I don’t remember him going down. He did miss 27 games, so I’ll hope it was just that.

Schneider is a career +51, and that’s after a couple of years with the Rangers, and had 663 points in 1 132 NHL games, a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and deserves to finally be paid like an elite player.

4 Responses to Under Appreciated: The Mathieu Schneider Story

  1. rcichard03 says:

    ***** You nigger

  2. jakebmwe46 says:

    i would love to see him back on the kings. but it wont happen

  3. tacitus says:

    i hope the wings appreciate him with a 3 year 12 million dollar deal
    then appreciate Markov with a 3 year 9 million dollar deal
    then appreciate Hasek with a 1 year 3 million dollar deal

  4. wingerxxx says:

    He is a good defenseman, and he's aged well.  Fantastic shot from the point.  But Norris Trophy winner?  No chance.  He is not underappreciated at all, he gets a lot of kudos for what he does well, and that is work the power play. 

    Schneider was actually on the 2006 roster, and did not play well at all.  Borderline horrible for some stretches.  He also plays in a pretty good defensive system in Detroit, and plays apart from Lidstrom, which really helps him.  He does not play against top lines.  And I would not trust him to do that.  He is competent in his own end. 

    Also, Schneider has had long stretches of his career of real mediocrity.  He was very average during his stint with the Rangers and Kings.  He has played for a lot of different teams for a reason.  Schneider's strength is offense from the blueline. 

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