I just wanted to comment quickly on the Vancouver Canucks signing goaltender Cory Schneider to a 2-year $1.8 mil contract:
This move by Canucks’ GM Mike Gillis aligns the interests of the team and Schneider. Schneider, a former first round draft pick and AHL goaltender of the year will have probably close to 20 games a year to prove himself at the NHL level for a possible trade down the road. This accomplishes two things:
1. If Schneider heats up for 4 or 5 games in a row, it will keep the starting job more competitive for Luongo.
2. With Bobby Luo signing such a long-term contract, paying more for a backup means less games for him (at least for the next 2 seasons) preserving the Canucks’ investment.
No decision yet has been made on what the Canucks will do with last year’s backup, Andrew Raycroft, but it’s highly unlikely that they will have 3 goaltenders under one-way contracts.