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Report: Canucks’ Schneider could be in play for possible trade

Jun 29, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

The never-ending saga of which goalie – Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider – the Vancouver Canucks will trade could come to an end this weekend.

And then again, maybe not.

On Saturday morning, TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger dropped news that the 27-year-old Schneider is “in play” for a possible trade, with a first-round pick and a prospect as “part of the asking price.”

Schneider took over the starting duties from Luongo during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Canucks were bounced in the first round.

The Canucks and general manager Mike Gillis have been trying to trade Luongo for more than a full year now, but have been unsuccessful, mostly due to the 12-year, $64 million contract Luongo is in the midst of.

He still has nine years remaining on the deal, but the Canucks may still try to move him this weekend.

Schneider’s deal could be much easier to move. He has two years remaining on his current contract, and is worth a cap hit of $4 million.

In 30 regular season games, Schneider posted a 17-9-4 record, with a .927 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average.

But a groin injury suffered towards the very end of the lockout-shortened season derailed a brief but impressive run he was on – back-to-back wins over Detroit and Chicago, and allowing a combined two goals in those two games – and he struggled once reinserted back into the lineup for Games 3 and 4 of the first-round series against the San Jose Sharks.

Related: Gillis says it’s ‘unlikely’ Luongo will be back

  1. Exiled1 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Oh my God! If Schneider goes and Luongo stays there will be a fan uproar. I’ve never been to Vancouver. Are there enough bridges for everybody to fit on the ledges?

    • snak10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      we don’t jump off bridges…we riot….

  2. canucks30 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    AND BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!

  3. canucks30 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Looks like it’s Luongo time for the Canucks

  4. canucks30 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

  5. steelers88 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I’m sorry but keeping Lungo over Schnider would be ridiculous! I would rather have a goalie that is talented and young and you can have for in the future than a goalie on the downside of his career.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I’m no Canucks fan but this is the right move, both goaltenders are about equal in skill, the Canucks have a young goalie in Eddie Lack waiting in the wings and Schneider will actually get a return unlike Luongo. Add to that the Canucks have only $74,000 in cap room with only 18 players under contract, I’ll repeat that ONLY $74,000 in cap room. This move makes sense and will be the first of a few that they desperately need to make.

      Once again I ask, how is Mike Gillis still employed in Vancouver?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:34 AM

        This is not a hockey decision at a well. Purely a business move. No team wanted Luongo’s contract in their books, and buying him out means 1,5m p/year for 18 years. Put this this trade squarely on the shoulders of the owner because he would not approve the buyout.

  6. hallsy86 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Article that Philadelphia is interested in Schneider is 3,2,1…..

    • canucks30 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Couturier and a 1st?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Haha sad but true. That’s the problem with mgmt. I would rather them ride Mason for this upcoming season and focus on rebuilding the youth on the blue line. But I know that won’t happen ha…

  7. micasa81 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    “Schneider’s deal could be much easier to move.”

    Understatement of the century there. While most teams don’t seem to want to touch Luongo and his contract with a ten foot pole, Schneider would easily be the best goalie on the market right now, and with his reasonable term, cap-friendly contract, the Canucks would get significant assets in return for him. Meanwhile, in terms of actual play, Luongo shows no signs of fading, putting up numbers pretty much equal to Schneider’s last season. Believe me, lots of Canucks fans have been hollering to trade Schneider instead of Luongo for these very reasons, especially now that Gillis has waited too long and the new CBA made the Luongo contract even less palatable to other teams.

    But I’m skeptical about this “report”. As gracious as Lu has been throughout this whole process, I think management has burned its bridges with him.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      “Schneider’s deal could be much easier to move.” Going this route makes perfect sense from a financial and practical perspective. If they get good quality talent and perhaps a high draft choice, then they can set their sites on a up an coming goalie to replace Luongo. They’re stuck with him and he’s not the worst goalie in the league.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Vancouver already has Eddie Lack as a goalie prospect, what they don’t have are actual prospects, they are ranked 29th in the NHL for the kids they’ve got in the minors and junior according to Hockey’s Future, with a thin organization and only $74,000 in cap room they’re in real trouble, this move has to be the first of many to get them to a better place.

  8. jakreidler - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Don Cherry knows best.

  9. youcallthathockeyblog - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Hate to plug my blog as I know it’s universally frowned upon but I called this on the 27th :P http://youcallthathockey.blogspot.ca/2013/06/the-craziest-week-in-nhl-history.html

    “While unlikely it remains to be seen whether new Vancouver coach John Tortorella is comfortable going from King Henrik to Cory Schneider so this may be an interesting story as Torts looks at his current roster situation more closely and maybe just maybe Cory Schneider gets traded instead. “

  10. sonofsamiam - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    You could get nothing for Luongo in a trade, compliance buyout his contract and pay him until 2030 or move Schneider for something significant. Does anybody actually think Gillis will make the right call? How does that clown still have a job?

    • phillyhockey - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Sounds like management does not want to buy out Luongo because they simply don’t want to pay him for that long. If it doesn’t get resolved they are going to lose way more important pieces to the team and be stuck with the same goalie carousel nonsense (just like us in philly). Learn from your mistakes and correct them, move forward, Homer is doing it.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    A much wiser decision. Schneider gets them something in return, whereas they’ll have to pay Luongo to leave. The Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Flames and Oilers would all be drooling at the idea of getting Schneider, so make some phone calls and make something happen.

  12. proudliberal85392 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Canucks goaltending situation is roughly equivalent to the Phoenix Coyotes’ situation. Just resolve it.

  13. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Luongo on his downside? There’s plenty of goalies that continue to play phenomenal well into their late 30′s. how did Schneider do this year remind me? If you can’t get rid of luongo might as well do something with Schneider and get something in return rather than hold onto both.

  14. blackhawks2010 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The Vancouver trainwreck continues…….

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