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Toronto Maple Leafs: Why the Leafs Should Trade for Cory Schneider

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Goalie Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a pad save in front of Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Curtis NgContributor IIIApril 22, 2012

The Vancouver Canucks are starting to realize that their former back-up goaltender, Cory Schneider, may actually be as good as, if not better than, their starter, Roberto Luongo.

The former is a pending restricted free agent and is only just entering the prime of his career.

The latter is on the wrong side of 30 and is under contract for the next decade.

The Canucks are likely more interested in moving Luongo, but the fact is that Schneider will be much easier to move and will have many more suitors.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team that is desperate for a true starting goaltender.

Jonas Gustavsson has been great and awful. James Reimer has been pretty good and pretty bad.

The goaltender position needs to be addressed in the coming months, and there aren't many starting goaltenders who are available.

Names that have been linked to the Leafs include but are not limited to: Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild, Anders Lindback of the Nashville Predators and Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders.

Nabokov might have been a good stopgap in net for Toronto, but he signed a contract extension with the Islanders back in March.

Harding and Lindback have good upside, but neither have proven themselves to the degree that Schneider has, as evidenced by this year's playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and Schneider's Canucks.

An offer sheet from Brian Burke is out of the question.

From TheHockeyWriters.com:

$3,134,088 — $4,701,131: First and third-round pick

Clubs owing two (2) draft selections in different rounds must have them available in the next draft.

Schneider's cap hit for next season will likely fall into that bracket, so the Leafs would have to give up their first and third-round picks in the upcoming draft.

Burke would never poach a player from another team (see: Penner, Dustin) and would definitely not give up this year's first-round pick except to acquire a higher pick.

The Buds have a stable of young players and prospects with which to trade for Schneider.

They could stand to dump a few contracts, or at least ship a few expendable players out.

There doesn't seem to be a winning attitude in the Toronto locker room right now. A trade of great magnitude would change that.

The Leafs could send anybody suffering from blue-and-white disease out the door and acquire a starting goaltender in one fell swoop.

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