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Canucks GM on trading Schneider: “We’ve gotten calls about him for two years”

Feb 7, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

Cory Schneider

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis appeared on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central on Tuesday and shed light on the status of backup netminder Cory Schneider.

“We’ve gotten calls about him for two years,” Gillis said. “There were times where we thought about [trading him], but we knew how good he was and I think he’s now proven to other people around the hockey world how good he is.”

Schneider, 25, has been a big part of Vancouver’s success this season, posting an 11-5-0 record with a 2.28 GAA and .928 save percentage. He’s also recorded wins against top-tier opposition — in Boston, in San Jose, against Chicago — emerging as a legitimate “1a” to Vancouver’s No. 1 netminder, Roberto Luongo.

There’s just one catch: Schneider’s an impending RFA and will be 26 in March. Many feel he’s ready to become a full-fledged NHL starter, something Gillis is aware of.

“There’s going to come a point where we’re going to have to make a decision as we move forward,” he said.

Of course, the Canucks don’t appear to have reached that point. Gillis said he has zero intention of dealing Schneider prior to the trade deadline, barring a monster offer.

“You never say never about anything, but this guy’s a huge part of our team,” Gillis said. “To take a huge part of your team off you team with a month left in the season and then playoffs is a challenging thing to do.”

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    For Vancouver, they would be STUPID. For any team to not want him would be STUPID. haha

  2. bigtganks - Feb 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I don’t ever want the Canucks to trade CS, but I just don’t see how it can not end with him leaving. Lu’s contract is too long. If Lu plays great and best case scenario, canucks win the cup, Lu’s trade value is higher, but how can you trade him if he won you the cup. On the other end if last year happens again or they lose in the playoffs, how is Lu tradable if he can’t get it done.

    I pray somehow Tampa trades for Lu and we keep Cory for 10 years. I don’t see anyone taking on that cap space… They’re both great goalies. I just don’t trust Lu in the playoffs based on what’s happened, even though CS’s never played a lot, we know what we have in Lu. And CS’s younger without a monster contract.

  3. cableguymike - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Canucks will wait until the off season barring a must-do trade offer for the reasons stated above.

    • yettyskills - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Bingo

  4. prolibertate85 - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    “He’s also recorded wins against top-tier opposition — in Boston, in San Jose, against Chicago”

    His other 8 wins?

    2x Columbus
    1x Minny
    1x Colorado
    1x Ottawa
    1x Tampa
    1x Anaheim
    1x Phoenix

    Pretty weak… almost like he is the backup or something

    • ryandomico - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Yeah may look weak, but you cannot deny the skills Schnieder has, he has had some incredible games, and will be a starter next year for sure!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      @prolibertate85: I take it from your ignorance that you haven’t watched Schneider play much. The guy’s got some serious skill and would be a starter on just about any NHL team.

      • prolibertate85 - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        I’ve watched him, and no doubt he will be a starter sometime and somewhere. But “emerging 1a”? He’s played 4 games since the start of December…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        …because he’s technically a backup. You can’t have your million-dollar starter riding the bench as much as his backup, especially during the stretch run. But he’s the best backup in the league and is capable of being a starter right now, hence the “emerging 1a” label.

  5. plevasseur67 - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    The Lightning could use a good starter.

    • blomfeld - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Yes they could ! … and that’s exactly why they’re going to get “Luongo” this coming summer. Canuck fans don’t want to hear that, as that would essentially be the equivalent of the Vatican trading away the Pope. But mark my words friends, it is going to happen ! … and the Canucks will be so much better off as a result.

      • odj810 - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:12 AM

        i think schnieder is the one who ends up leaving this offseason. and i think the return will be huge.

  6. steelwarriors55 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Luongo for Bryzgalov,that way you will have a clear #2 goalie and Schneider will be able to play

  7. pfpmb - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Why would the Canucks want the Flyers garbage in Bryzgalov? The next back up for the Canucks is Eddie Lack.

  8. kitshky - Feb 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ilya Bryzgalov …. wow

    (I shake my head at you)

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