NHL Trade Rumors: Why Trading Cory Schneider Is Wrong for the Vancouver Canucks

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NHL Trade Rumors: Why Trading Cory Schneider Is Wrong for the Vancouver Canucks
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Could Cory Schneider now be in danger of losing his job as Vancouver's starting goaltender?

The chatter surrounding goaltenders and the Vancouver Canucks never seems to cease.

Emerging NHL trade rumors indicate that, after having tried to deal veteran netminder Roberto Luongo unsuccessfully for over a year now, the Canucks may turn their attention to moving Cory Schneider.

Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted about the possibility of Vancouver moving Schneider on Saturday:

Where to begin with this?

For starters, the Canucks just committed to the young Marblehead, Massachusetts native last offseason, awarding him a three-year contract worth $4 million per season.

In doing so, they put Luongo on notice that he would be the team's backup goaltender, creating some tension between the Canadian goalie and the organization.

Yet one tumultuous offseason later and all of a sudden Vancouver may be reversing course, warming back up to the idea of starting Luongo and shipping Schneider out of Vancouver.

Not only does the organization's inability to stay the course reflect poorly throughout the hockey world, it sends Schneider the message that a few bad games could not only cost him his starter's job, but his roster spot in Vancouver.

And if the team thinks this will win it some brownie points in Luongo's book, it shouldn't hold its breath.

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Could Luongo be reinstated as Vancouver's starting netminder just a year after losing that job to Cory Schneider?

After all, it did opt to start Schneider over him despite the fact that he never really broke down and gave the team any reason to do so.

Even if the Canucks do hand the reins back to Luongo, how can he be sure the same situation won't happen all over again in a year or two?

Furthermore, this kind of fickle approach can only damage the team's brand when it comes to future free agents.

How does this team think players will view Vancouver after it so easily dismisses players over a few poor starts?

What makes this news even more puzzling, though, is the fact that Dreger cites the Edmonton Oilers as a potential destination. Dealing Schneider would reflect poorly enough on the team as it is, but sending him to a division rival would be adding insult to injury.

While these are all just rumors at this point, the fact that the news was broken by a fairly reliable source will be enough to make people question what is going on in Vancouver's front office.

If this deal were to come to fruition, it could have some serious long-term repercussions for Vancouver's future.

The smartest move general manager Mike Gillis could have made would have been to trade Luongo or buy him out if there wasn't any interest from teams around the league, sticking to the decision he made last offseason.

 

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