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by Paul on 06/30/13 at 06:08 PM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
There remains, of course, about three thousand unanswered questions about the deal which sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday but, when you get past the 15 months of drama and intrigue which preceded it, things becomes pretty simple.
The Vancouver Canucks and Mike Gillis faced two choices. One, they could buy out Roberto Luongo, receive nothing in return and move forward with Schneider as their goalie. Or, two, they could trade Schneider, receive a prime asset in return and keep Luongo, who's still a quality NHL netminder. The millions in dollars the decision has saved ownership? That was a consideration as well but in the here and now, this move made a lot of sense for the Canucks.
We're just not sure if you can say the same thing about everything that's transpired with the two goalies.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Cory Schneider found out that he’s a Devil the same way most of you did (me too).
The 27-year-old goaltender was watching the NHL Entry Draft at Prudential Center from his home in Boston and learned the Vancouver Canucks had traded him to the Devils, “basically on TV.”
“I was watching the draft and heard I had been traded,” Schneider told The Record. “(Canucks GM) Mike Gillis called a little after that.”
And he talked to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello after that.
The Devils apparently completed the trade, which sent the ninth pick overall to the Canucks (used to take London Knights center Bo Horvat), Saturday night, but wanted the news held so it could be announced in front of their home crowd.
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