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.

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8 Responses to “Will the Canucks do right by Schneider?”

  1. the flyers propects in goal after this yr are not promising. i would have to be wowed to give up bourdon or marshall given our dicey contract situations going forward. nice blog (y)

    • Those are two guys I’d rather not part with either, and I hope Holmgren feels the same way. I don’t think Vancouver would give up Schneider for a song, though; it may take one of them to get a deal done, if in fact the Canucks are considering trading him.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. John Pinkerton Says:

    I proposed a trade with Vancouver for Schneider all last season when we knew we had to move forwards and the Canucks were in desperate need. Romour was they wanted Carter as part of a larger deal or Giroux.

  3. Any Habs rumours? ;)

    Nice work, TMan. Had I known so many of my HB-buds were going to start up blogs I would not have used the phrase “farewell tour”. “Cya Elsewhere Tour” would have sufficed.

    It will be interesting to see where Emery fits, a year from now – or if he will have played well enough to earn a bigger contract with a team not cap-strapped like the Flyers will be.

    • If Emery can keep his head in the game this year, he could be dangerous…and lost to another team next year, like you mentioned. As he himself has said, “This is [his] last chance.”

      Good luck with that blogging option you told me about, Mike. Sounds like a good gig.

  4. Where am I and how did I get here?

    Great stuff, tang. Schneider, much like Harding in Minnesota, is in a precarious situation. He can be used as a valuable trading chip towards the trade deadline to fill a glaring need for a post-season bound club. Or, he could be a good, inexpensive, back-up ‘tender. Sure as hell beats having Dan Cloutier on the roster!

    But I doubt that either team — both have a great shot at postseason play this season — would trade their young, stud goalie prospects for other prospects; as I alluded to above. Unless the Flyers want to give a core player or two, they’re probably not good trading partners I’m afraid. More likely a rebuilding club willing to unload a veteran top-6 forward and/or top-4 defenseman, depending on the team’s needs at the time.

    Anyways, it’s good to see my HB brothers (and sisters) branching out. I, too, have a blog; but it’s one I haven’t utilized in at least a year. This entry of yours may have stoked the fire a bit. Thanks. :)

  5. rockychocbill Says:

    Schneider did not exactly shine in his brief audition last season. The Canucks will need to showcase him a bit this season AND he will have to show he can perform as well at the NHL level as he has at the AHL level if the Canucks are to get anything spectactular in return.

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