Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/13 at 09:33 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Agree whole-heartedly with the under-current around the Vancouver Canucks’ shocking playoff ouster to the San Jose Sharks in four games: trade goalie Cory Schneider and keep Roberto Luongo in net, and try to rebuild on the fly. You’ll get stocking stuffers for Luongo with the $40.6 million left on his contract; you’ll get a couple of young bodies for Schneider, who is only 27.
Luongo is almost untradeable unless the Canucks pick up a whack of his salary. Schneider wouldn’t be. Call up GM Paul Holmgren in Philly, who certainly isn’t tied to Ilya Bryzgalov,32, in net; maybe the owner Ed Snider is because he’d have to buy him out at two-thirds of the $34.5 million left over seven years, but the Flyers, always looking for goalies, would jump at Schneider, who has $8.5 million left over the next two seasons.
Would the Flyers trade centre Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier to get him? Absolutely. What if the Canucks held out for a young forward like Matt Read too. I don’t think they’d trade winger Wayne Simmonds, Holmgren’s favourite player or Jake Voracek, who had 46 points, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
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