Their starter, veteran netminder Roberto Luongo, has been widely regarded as a top-five goalie in the league ever since the Canucks acquired him from the Florida Panthers in 2006. He has consistently put up stellar numbers during his tenure as a Canuck and served as the team's captain for two seasons before stepping down from the role prior to the commencement of the 2009-10 season.
Backing up Luongo is 2004 first-round pick Cory Schneider, who spent three years dominating the AHL with the Manitoba Moose before securing the backup spot on Vancouver's roster last season. Schneider has been a steady and reliable goaltender at every level of hockey he has played throughout his young career and, after posting a record of 16-4-2 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average for the Canucks last year, is now poised to establish himself as a bona-fide starter at the NHL level.
Unfortunately for Schneider, Vancouver has Luongo under contract until 2022 and, unless we see a considerable drop-off in Luongo's play, will continue to use him in a starting role for the foreseeable future. This will make it very difficult for Schneider to see more action and prove his worth as a starting goalie...unless the Canucks deal him to a club in need of help between the pipes.
While Vancouver has the luxury of having two top-tier netminders on their roster, there are several teams throughout the league in desperate need of a young, promising goalie like Cory Schneider. Here are seven potential trades that would send Schneider to such a team and strengthen other areas of the Canucks' roster in the process.