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Columnist: It’s time for Canucks to trade Schneider

Feb 1, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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Canucks goalie Cory Schneider put on a spectacular performance last night at Rogers Arena, stopping 37 of 39 Chicago shots during Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime win. It marked the second time in a month the backup has started and won a game against a heated rival – on Jan. 7, Schneider got the nod over Roberto Luongo and earned a 4-3 victory over the Bruins in Boston.

Today Sportsnet columnist Mark Spector declared the time has come for the Canucks to cash in their blue-chip asset.

We’re not saying “Trade Schneider at all costs.” We are saying, shop him hard, and if you can get what the Canucks so dearly need — a second line winger with size, experience, grit and skill — then make the trade.

Could you get Rick Nash out of Columbus for a package including Schneider? Could you pry an Andrew Ladd from Winnipeg, where Schneider starred for the Manitoba Moose? A Kyle Okposo from the Isles, who need goaltending? Ryan Malone and a defenceman from Tampa?

Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis has said he’s loath to move Schneider, though we doubt he considers the 25-year-old untouchable. If Gillis gets an offer that blows him away, he’ll have a big decision to make. True, Vancouver doesn’t have much cap space at the moment, but room could be made, perhaps by moving Mason Raymond and/or Keith Ballard.

The risk of trading Schneider prior to the Feb. 27 deadline is that Luongo plays badly in the playoffs. Suffice to say Canucks fans would lose their minds if that happened. Not only would they feel trapped with Luongo and his marathon contract, they wouldn’t have Schneider around to give them hope Vancouver could still win a Cup while the window is open.

Oh, and there’s also the very real possibility Schneider gives the Canucks their best chance to win when he’s in net.

  1. cableguymike - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Spector also lists the loss of Samuelsson as one of the reasons the Canucks aren’t as tough as last season. Ummmm, yeeeeaaaaahhh… Hard to take someone like that seriously.

    • cableguymike - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Sorry. He used the words less physical.

  2. viewfromacouch - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    The problem with Spector’s proposal (beyond opening up a goaltending hole on the roster that would need to to be filled somehow) is that Vancouver just doesn’t have cap space. Moving Schneider, Ballard and Raymond together in a package for an impact player just opens up three holes in the Canucks’ line-up that would need to be filled somehow, and you’d probably be using all of the available cap-space on the incoming player.

    Ballard would need to replaced. Schneider would need to be replaced.

    It’d be nice to pick up a major piece heading into the playoffs, but Gillis already made his major move early in picking up David Booth. I just don’t see Schneider going anywhere ’til the summer.

    • sknut - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      The summer is the more prudent move, I think they are good enough to win without making a major move and the Canucks might be able to get rid of a bad contract this summer along with Schneider.

  3. dalimanvan - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Mike Gillis will keep Schneider till after the playoffs, his value at price you have to keep him if Lou gets hurt or has troubles in the playoffs, the real question that one should ask is would they have signed Lou to a 12 year contract if they knew how good Corey would turn out to be.

  4. loinstache - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    With the way Booth’s been playing on that second line I’d prefer a solid D man.

  5. velocirapist - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Mark Spector is an idiot, and reporting on the stupid things he says just enables him.

  6. blomfeld - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    “Suffice to say Canucks fans would lose their minds if that happened” …

    that’s exactly the point … right now all Canuck fans feel 100% confident whenever Schneider’s playing … but the same can’t be said when Luongo gets the nod … and that is a “very” serious concern to the organization … this spring is going to be fascinating in terms of how things play out … I seriously can’t see Schneider being moved right now, yet I “can” see Luongo somehow being moved in the summer, should the Canucks fail again in the coming playoffs … sorry all you car-flippers, but that’s how I honestly see it :)

  7. charlutes - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Trade Luongo, keep Schneider.

  8. rwmilli - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Well first off, you never bank on potential…that’s why they still signed Lou for so long, at anytime schneider could of been a bust..luckily for us he isn’t, on that note I agree with the Lou trade seeing as how it’s already 2 years to late, his worth dropped a lot after consistent poor play off play, the forwards are a fairly sold group IMO I don’t don’t see any roster near as complete as ours, other than Boston of course. I think the nucks need to stack up on defensemen, it’s been our downfall every year, to many point producing forwards if ones down we don’t have issues but on the D if we lose someone we are immediately put into a bad spot breaking up good pairings to accommodate the missing guy, if we could score a big name D and a couple vets for a decent price this team is scary come play offs

  9. danphipps01 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Oh, no-movement clauses, how I loathe thee… as does just about every GM about three weeks after giving one to a goaltender, apparently.

    Moral of the story? Full NMCs are for proven forwards and defensemen only, and only in the case of truly exceptional players. Goaltenders? They can be great one year, terrible the next. They can go from being held up by a defensive system to being absolutely godawful. Ask Philly how it feels knowing they can’t even bury the latest Ilya signed to a ludicrous contract in the AHL for cap space. The answer is a heavily expletive-laden variant of “Not so great.” Best a goalie should get, unless he’s played on the same team for a number of years and there have been absolutely no obvious weaknesses in his play, is a partial NTC. A list of teams he can’t be traded to. That’s it. Even if it’s like, a 24-team list or something, that’s at least WORKABLE. If a goalie implodes for any of the million-odd reasons it seems they do these days, the team simply needs a way out. The goalie is the only player who ABSOLUTELY CANNOT SHIT THE BED if the team wants to be competitive. He’s the most important guy on the ice. You can’t bet a decade or more and fifty million dollars on the HOPE that the guy remains consistently elite the whole time. It WON’T. HAPPEN.

  10. rainyday56 - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Everyone is barking up the wrong tree. Hodgson is the main piece of the Canucks next major trade. He has all the attributes: he’s clutch. He’s got a wicked shot. The can score from anywhere. He is a superstar in the making which is why the Canucks will trade him, just like they did with Cam Neely years ago. Yeah,trade him for Nash. Let’s see if Nash will turn out to be the solution or another Barry Pederson.

  11. bmorethansteel - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    If history tells you anything, then you keep him. Vancouver fans shouldn’t feel 100% confident with Luongo in the clutch games.

  12. whatswellydoing - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Trade him for a second line winger? They have those. They’d want a top pairing d-man if anything. Gillis won’t make any major moves though.

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