Canucks place veteran D Schneider on waivers Staff

12/29/2009 2:15:35 PM

It might be a sign that Mathieu Schneider's playing days in the NHL are nearing an end.

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 40-year old blueliner on waivers, where he can be claimed by any club prior to Noon et on Wednesday. If he clears waivers, the Canucks can opt to send him down to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

In 17 games this season, Schneider has two goals and three assists. He missed 10 games in October and November when he required shoulder surgery.

He was signed by the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent last summer to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million. His stop in Vancouver marks his ninth club over 19 seasons in the league. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1987, and has a long resume that includes a Stanley Cup win with the Habs in 1993, along with appearances in two Olympics and two World Cups for Team USA.