Mathieu Schneider: An Oldie But a Goodie, Close to Signing with Canucks

Nucks IceManCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 16:  Mathieu Schneider #24 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 16, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The NHL must have thought that Mathieu Schneider was finished, as even Getty Images did not have a picture of him. Have we not been down this road before, most recently with Mats Sundin and previously in the ‘90s with Mark Messier?

What’s with these players that the Canucks like to pick up at the tail end of their careers?

(Yes, I know Messier went back to the Rangers for four more seasons, but that was really his swan song.)

Sure we need help on the power play, because if you do not finish in the top ten—the Canucks finished 17th—then you struggled. Here’s a player that just turned 40, is not a big guy at six feet and weighing 190 pounds, and is not known for his defensive prowess. In fact, the consensus is he’s a defensive liability.

His best years are behind him—2006—when he collected 21 goals and 38 assists for Detroit—11 of those goals being of the power play variety.

He's coming off of shoulder surgery and his cap hit last year was $3.9 million.

At the time of writing, I have not been able to find what the 'Nucks signed him for, but I would guess it was around $1.75M. I’m sure the astute readers will bring us up to date.

Can this guy quarterback the PP? No doubt about it, but it may be all that he does.

There is another player that is going to the Canuck camp on a tryout, and his name is Dave Scatchard.

Some of you long time 'Nucks fans may remember “Scatch,” as he was a second-round draft choice for the Canucks in 1994 and played a couple of seasons with them from 1997-99.

Although he last played for Phoenix in the 2006-07 season, don’t let that get in your way. He has accumulated a lot of injuries over his career and took some time off to heal, saying he is ready to give it a good shot.

I have always liked Scatch, as he brings a lot to any team that he plays on and, being only 33, probably has a few good seasons left in him.

At 6’2" 223 lbs., he has the size to play physical, something he does well.

Here’s a guy that other players do not like playing against, as they know he will be finishing his checks, night after night, game after game. An in-your-face, hard-working, abrasive pit bull style. Yes, the 'Nucks could use a few more like him.

He may not be the point producer he was when he was with the Islanders, but he’s versatile. Scatch can play on the second or third line, kill penalties, man the power play and definitely add some grit and leadership to this team.

Being a natural center, it may be a tough spot for him to unseat the others (Wellwood or Johnson), but he would be a good depth player, maybe on a two contract.

Training camp is just a little more than two weeks away, gotta love it!