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So, with Schneider now a trading chip on the table, it's time to look at the teams in need of a new option between the pipes.
While each team undoubtedly has prospects and future considerations in place for rebuilding in the crease, the opportunity to snag a young, talented goaltender will be the draw for those in need.
New Jersey Devils: The Devil's organization is in need of a replacement for future Hall of Fame goalie, Martin Brodeur. Coming off a year that saw his production slow, and injury problems creep in, it's plain to see that Brodeur's tenure in the league is winding down.
He's currently in the last year of his contract with the team, and he recently stated that while he'd consider an immediate offer to re-sign with the Devils, he won't make any decisions until after the year is done and he can ponder the direction he wants to go.
Basically, he's seriously considering retirement. With Brodeur gone, the Devils could use a goaltender like Schneider to build around.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues are in fairly good hands with Jaroslav Halak in goal, as he's an above average goalkeeper who's proven he can win in the playoffs. However, with his magnificent playoff run behind him, Halak's play slowed last season, though injuries played a role in his decline.
The chance to land a younger, promising goaltender that a young Blue's team could build around would surely be a tempting thought for management if the price was right.
New York Islanders: The Islanders are in need of a new, young goaltender to replace DiPietro. However, his contract size would be the major problem there.
With a young, talented team starting to show some good signs, adding a goaltender with similar billing just makes sense.
Edmonton Oilers: First of all, trading a potential star goaltender to a divisional rival would be a huge mistake. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the Oilers are desperate for a better option in goal than a split between Dubnyk and Khabibulin.
Florida Panthers: The Panthers have handed the Minnesota Wild's former backup, Jose Theodore the job of anchoring the team's defense.
To be fair, there wasn't much else available in free agency when GM Dale Talon brought Theodore on board to his new-look team. Expect to see the Panthers looking elsewhere by Christmas for new goaltending options.
Phoenix Coyotes: Much like the Panthers, Phoenix was left at the alter when their number one left during free agency to pursue other options. They too were forced to sign a former backup to carry the work load, and pray that he elevated his game for an entire season to keep them competitive.
Mike Smith isn't the answer in the desert, or wherever they'll be after this season if they want to be in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Dwayne Roloson is still a great goaltender, but his age is his biggest weakness. Roloson will be 41 this season and the time for Steve Yzerman to start exploring other options is fast approaching.
Schneider would be a great fit.