Vancouver Canucks sign Cory Schneider to three-year contract extension

By Chris Dubiel

Cory Schneider proved to the league that he could be a #1 goalie and the Vancouver Canucks rewarded him with a three-year, $12 million contract extension. So after some simple math, Schneider will have a nice even cap hit of $4 million per year.

There was a lot of chatter going back to the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs about what would become of Cory Schneider, as he emerged as a talented and even-keeled netminder when Roberto Luongo was struggling.  Assuming that Luongo was the Canucks’ guy for the long haul, many people wondered what it would take to pry Schneider from Vancouver and where he would end up. Before Luongo expressed his desire for a trade and the Tampa Bay Lightning made a trade for Anders Lindback, it seemed like Schneider would be the perfect fit for the Bolts.

The Canucks very well could still trade Cory Schneider, but it’s doubtful that’s in GM Mike Gillis’ plans. With north of $9 million in cap commitments in goal for next season, Gillis will do all that he can to move Luongo, as it has become pretty clear that the Canucks have identified Schneider as their guy.

In 33 appearances for the Canucks last season, Schneider posted a sparkling 1.96 GAA, a .937 SV% and three shutouts. If he can put up those types of numbers over the course of about 55-60 starts, Schneider will be well worth his hefty raise. He wasn’t too shabby in the three starts he made against the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs after Alain Vigneault gave up on Luongo after the first two games of the series.

Vancouver is half done with their situation between the pipes. They’ve got their starter with Schneider locked in. Now the interesting part will follow, as the Roberto Luongo drama will continue until the fallen star is dealt.

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