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Schneider is undoubtedly the top free agent goaltender on the market this offseason
As a young, top notch goalie, Cory Schneider has excelled both in the regular season and the limited playoff time he's had and has dealt with one of the tougher markets on goaltenders in the league.
Sounds like Toronto's ideal match.
While Brian Burke may not like concept of offer sheets, it is time for him to move into the 21st century.
Long, front loaded contracts are the way of the world. Offer sheets also serve a purpose. His refusal to sign those lengthy contracts means the Leafs lost out on Brad Richards and got to sign bona fide superstar Tim Connolly (way to stick to your principles Burke). If Burke sticks to his guns again and doesn't offer sheet Cory Schneider, he will once again be hurting this club.
Alas, I digress.
Bottom line is offer sheeting Cory Schneider to a potential $4 million per year contract would really force Mike Gillis' hand.
It's not realistic that he'd be able to ink Schneider to that kind of deal if he still has Luongo on his roster.
If he does, it forces him to move Luongo and gives other teams leverage.
Should Schneider sign, it would mean the Leafs give up their first- and third-round picks. But seeing as this year's entry draft will be wrapped up by the time free agency begins, those will be Toronto's 2013 picks.
On today's trade market, Schneider more than warrants a first- and third-round pick (see Semyon Varlamov to Colorado for a first).