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Gillis confirms he’s listening to offers for Schneider

Jun 29, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

Mike Gillis

Hours after it was reported that Canucks goalie Cory Schneider was “in play,” Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis met with the media in New York to address the situation.

Per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, according to Gillis, it was another team that called the Canucks about Schneider, not the other way around.

OK, but is trading Schneider indeed a possibility?

“You have to listen (to offers),” said Gillis.

We’ll take that as a yes. Though how seriously the Canucks are listening, and what kind of offers they’re getting, isn’t clear.

Also unclear: how Roberto Luongo feels about all this. It’s been widely reported that the 34-year-old wants a fresh start elsewhere, but so far his contract has been a roadblock to making that happen.

Also unclear: if Canucks ownership is open to the possibility of a Luongo buyout, which would erase all present and future cap-related issues but cost the club $27 million over 18 years.

Whatever happens, it’s unlikely Vancouver’s goalie saga goes on much longer. (At least, this particular chapter.)

“Things have been really busy,” said Gillis. “I’m getting a lot of calls, having a lot of conversations, so we’ll see what happens”

  1. loinstache - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I’m a Canucks faithful through thick and thin but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t lose respect for this organization because of this debacle. Everyone keeps falling over themselves claiming that a Schneider deal is the only logical course of action. Fine in theory, but for as smooth and professional as Luongo has been, it’s abundantly clear he wants out of this organization. He has been jerked along far too long for a player of his calibre, let alone the fact that he’s the franchises best goalie. To suddenly ship Schneider (who was essentially handed the keys to the club while Luo sat in the dark) and then make Luo stay after fairly voicing his desire to leave… just scummy.

    • 19to77 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      This is Mike Gillis we’re talking about. He’s never even pretended to care what any of the players on his team think.

      • mrpinkca - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Have you forgotten he traded Cody Hodgson after he requested out of the organization. If that trade doesn’t tell you he’s the best GM in the league, you must be part of the NHL cabal against the Canucks.

    • sunderlanding - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I agree with everything except I think Kirk was the better ‘Nucks goalie.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        The sliding save he made on Reichel in game 7 against the Flames in 94 was possibly the greatest save I’ve ever seen, especially considering the circumstances. (Vernon on Smyl in 89 would be very close)

        McLean was unbelievable in 94 and help take an undermanned Canucks team to brink of a cup.

    • bigezbob - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Lou should wait………. then retire a week before season starts-karma

    • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      We’ve had Burke the Public relation Jerk. Then we had his lap dog who was caught in a court battle by competing would be owners. Then Herr Gilles rolls into town and mortgages the team and town to tie up Luo for 10 years and screws himself,team and the fan base . Yes , I know he also gave the Powder Puff Twins tons of $$$ too. Gilles has got to go.Now.Burke went public today he wants another GM job. Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

  2. ciarram84 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    gillis is a joke of a gm
    every gm in the league know he is screwed with the cap
    he is asking for the moon and the stars and will be lucky to get breadcrumbs!

    pens and shero are in a pickle also
    letang is a very good dman
    but i dont think he is gonna get a kings ransom like he did with stall

    magnus paavari and 2 2nd round picks from edmonton would be nice!

  3. stakex - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    There is only one way this ends well, and that’s if the Canucks keep Schneider and buyout Luongo.

    Gillies needs to stop trying to get something in return here. Its just not going to happen. No one is going to give up much for Luongo with that kind of contract. Not to mention there are some other decent goaltenders out there with far less baggage that are possibly on the market. Keeping Luongo and trading Schneider isn’t an option either since its pretty clearly Luongo wants the hell out of Vancouver… and with this debacle who can blame the guy.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      So, you would approve paying Luongo 1.5m p/year for 18 years not to play for the Canucks if you were the owner? That’s a terrible ROI.

  4. luongosgreasyhair - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    its stupid uneducated comments like the first 2 on this story that really amuse me.

    ya canucks are jerking him around……right he has a signed contract, so every player that has asked for a trade and didn’t get it is or was being jerked around. ya the sens sure jerked around dany boy there eh.

    ya almost every gm has screwed up the cap not just that goof gillis. yes letang to the oilers for that exact package minus one of the seconds. done deal. you should be a gm, I mean clearly you know what your doing. lol I love these people.

    • sunderlanding - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Danny got traded, or did you miss that one? Luongo is still on the team more than a year after he wanted to be traded. Plus he spent the year as a backup! Say what you want, but this is making the Canucks look bad. If I was a UFA I wouldn’t want to sign there. It’s not like Murray went to the press and said he was going to make a great trade. Gillis did. I’ll agree with the Pens Oilers trade being a little far fetched, but that was probably just a hopeful fan (again you seemed to have missed that one) and not a probable trade scenario.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      SIgning a guy to a long term deal and then forcing him to ride the bench when he’d be a starter on the majority of teams is a waste of a valuable asset, for the league and your team. It’s plain mismanagement to allow players to become disgruntled while under your employ when there are several alternatives to be had.

  5. ciarram84 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    lungo to islanders for di pietro and nino n.

    • mrpinkca - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      1. The Canucks don’t have the cap space.
      2. No way Gillis gets anything more than an overpaid 3rd liner in return for Luongo.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        He really isn’t overpaid seeing as how he is a legitimate number one goalie, his cap hit is actually quite manageable at $5.3m per year it’s just too bad it runs until 2022

      • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        That’s one of the Major points. 2022. That’s when Canada merges with American Alberta Oil Companies.Gilles thought he was Hal Steinbrener throwing $$$$$$ at Arod.

  6. lgscotti - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Vancouver better hope one of the Sedins can play goalie or else this doesn’t end well

  7. vanindeed - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    this reeks of desperation

  8. blackhawks2010 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The trainwreck continues…..

  9. flydommo - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    It seems like the Canucks organization is not willing to finance a buyout of Luongo as a matter of principle. That’s why they are forced now to seek a deal involving Schneider. They have been shopping Luongo for a year or so now, but under the terms of the new CBA and considering both his age and recent play, you would have to be clinically insane to take on his albatross contract. Not even Paul Holmgren is that stupid.

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