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Canucks considering trading Schneider; Oilers interested

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TSN.ca Staff
6/29/2013 4:56:08 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks are shopping their goalie once again.

This time, however, it is Cory Schneider's name that is the topic of discussion.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Saturday morning that his sources indicate the Canucks are considering moving their 27-year-old netminder and that the Edmonton Oilers might well be in on the action.

Dreger continued that the talks may be a contingency plan in the event the team is unable to move Roberto Luongo, who has been the subject of trade rumours for more than a year.

The asking price is believed to start with a first round draft pick and a prospect, according to Dreger, though he added that the talks may simply believed to be a way to gauge Schneider's worth on the open market.

Schneider posted a 17-9-4 record in 30 regular season games with the Canucks last season, his first in Vancouver earning the majority of the team's starts. A late-season injury would hand the starter's role over to Luongo for the beginning of the Canucks' opening-round series against the San Jose Sharks.

The Canucks would lose both Luongo's starts in the first two games, but would fare no better under Schneider.

Schneider would get chased from the net after conceding five goals in Game 3. He returned to start Game 4, but the Sharks would complete the series sweep with a 4-3 overtime win.

Luongo - who has spent the last seven seasons in Vancouver has become a difficult piece to trade for the Canucks by virtue of the 12-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Canucks prior to the 2010-11 season. Nine years and more than $40 million remain on that deal, which carries an average annual value of $5.33 million.

The Canucks were believed to be in talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, but no deal was completed prior to 3pm et on Deadline Day. The Leafs have since acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings.

Schneider has played parts of five seasons with the Canucks, posting a 55-26-8 record in 98 games played. During that time he has earned a .927 career save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.

He is 1-4 in 10 career playoff games with a .922 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.

Schenider was originally drafted 26th overall by the Canucks at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

He has two years remaining on a three-year, $12 million deal he signed with the Canucks prior to the 2012-13 season. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of that deal.

Cory Schneider (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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