NHL Trade Speculation: 7 Trades That Could Pry Cory Schneider from Vancouver

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NHL Trade Speculation: 7 Trades That Could Pry Cory Schneider from Vancouver
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The Vancouver Canucks, who were awarded the prestigious Presidents' Trophy last season as the league's top regular season team, boast one of the NHL's most elite goaltending tandems. 

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. 

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