Will the Canucks do right by Schneider?
So goalie Roberto Luongo got a new 12-year deal from the Vancouver Canucks this off season. That’s great for Louie, but where does that leave potential stud Cory Schneider, the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft? He’s currently 3rd on the Canucks’ depth chart, sitting behind backup goalie Andrew Raycroft. Will it be another year or so in the AHL and then the next decade working the door on the Vancouver bench while Luongo earns his paycheck getting 65+ starts per season? Not if the ‘Nucks organization does the right thing.
That means trading Schneider to a team where he can be ‘the man’ in net, and to one that can address Vancouver’s need for prospects on defense. One such team they could contact is the Philadelphia Flyers, who have an abundance of youth on the blueline in the minors, and haven’t had a franchise goalie in over 20 years (remember Ron Hextall from way back when…?).
The Flyers took a chance this season by signing Ray Emery to a one-year, $1.5 million deal (giving him a shot at redemption after his year of exile in Russia’s KHL) and bringing back Brian Boucher as backup, letting both Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki walk as free agents. The depth in goal in the Flyers’ system isn’t that great.
Schneider might be just what the doctor ordered in Philly, and a couple of the kids on D going back to Vancouver (Michael Ratchuk, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Oskars Bartulis, Kevin Marshall, Danny Syvret and Denis Bodrov are a few of the names) in a package might get it done.