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by Paul on 12/31/11 at 10:54 AM ET
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Q. You mentioned your goaltending. Cory Schneider has been playing well again this season and had that nice run in November. Is it a bit of a dilemma as far as what to do with this guy? He looks like he’s ready to be a No. 1 goaltender and if that can’t happen here do you feel that it is incumbent upon you in any way to make that happen for him at some point?
A. He’s ready now to be a No. 1 goalie. There’s no doubt in our mind. He spent the time in the minors, he went to the finals when he was in the minors, he’s now gone to the finals as an NHL player. He’s had a unique opportunity to experience hockey at its highest level. He’s a young guy, he’s a great teammate, he’s a guy we all like having here. He’s not a player that I would ever be eager to trade. But there is going to come a point where he is going to have higher expectations in terms of games played and if we can’t deliver that, then something will have to give at some point in time. But as it sits right now, he is a huge part of our team and I think people tend to forget that fact. He’s a really big part of what we are doing here. I’m never going to be eager to give up somebody who is a big part of what we are doing.
Q. How often do you get calls from fellow GMs about Schneider?
A. I get calls all the time. He deserves it. He is a terrific young player and in the NHL today if you don’t have great goaltending you can’t win. You just look at the quality of chances and the way the game has evolved since the lockout. If you don’t have a No. 1 goalie you are just not going to be successful in this league, you are not going to make the playoffs. And there’s a number of teams that are in that situation that are searching for that kind of player. For now, they’ll continue searching.
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