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What To Do With Cory Schneider

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

This we know: Schneider’s career goal is to become a clear-cut No. 1 in the NHL and receive the playing time - and contract dollars - that go with it. But as long as Roberto Luongo and his contract and $5.33-million cap hit that runs through 2022 are here, it’s not going to hap-pen in Vancouver.

The growing maturity of Schneider’s play has forced the Canucks to alter their approach to the team’s goaltending position. Schneider, 25, is showing he’s ready to be a starter and they appear willing to let him run with the ball.

In the short term, it shapes up as a positive for the Canucks, in that they have two good goaltenders to choose from.

In the longer term, though, Schneider’s future with the Canucks is murky.

Just how murky? There are many moving parts, but here are some of the possible scenarios:

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Nathan's avatar

Without some unexpected and significant change in the CBA, the Canucks will be forced to trade Schneider or let him walk. The only way someone will take that Luongo contract, even if Luongo returns to form (and he most likely will), is if they also have a big contract for a player at a position they can’t afford to have it at, and the Canucks will take that contract back in the deal.

Otherwise, it comes down to a major change in the CBA happening for them to wiggle out of this, such as:
- Allowing teams to trade cap space/pick up dollars on a contract they trade away
- A significant roll-back on salaries again
- A change in service time requirements for RFA/UFA that benefits the clubs/league
- The ceiling doesn’t change much and the floor is not dropped, creating a situation where a few teams will likely be in need of both a goalie and a big contract

Of those scenarios, only the first one seems at all possible, and I wouldn’t even hold my breath on that one.

Teams seem to be moving away from the long-term contracts for goalies, focusing their dollars on building a good D and competent two-way forward corps up front with a sustainable system of play that limits the requirements in net. Even of the teams that currently lean heavily on their goalie, Buffalo is the only one I can think of that has a so-called “top flight” keeper locked up with a sizable contract.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/30/11 at 12:40 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The obvious answer is to unload Luongo, and use his cap hit to actually improve the rest of the team.

It’ll be tough though.  Teams have learned that expensive, elite goalies don’t actually win anything.

Maybe make Luongo the next Huet and bury him overseas before the new CBA fixes that loophole?

Posted by Primis on 11/30/11 at 01:23 PM ET

blammo's avatar

Luongo for Lecavalier?

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 11/30/11 at 03:49 PM ET

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