The Province is reporting, citing Sportsnet as their source, that the Canucks are close to inking a deal for 40 year old defenceman Matheiu Schneider.
The Vancouver Canucks are close to signing free agent defenceman Mathieu Schneider to a one-year deal, according to a report by Sportsnet.ca on Monday afternoon.
So let me get this straight. Gillis dumped a 34 year old, rock solid Canucks veteran blue-liner, and made a huge fan fare about taking the team moving in a younger direction, wanting speed, and young blood, and he then goes to sign a 40 year old? The math doesn’t add up for me.
Schneider brings more offense to the table. He’s been a consistant 30 point getter, averaging over 40 points for most of the season’s he’s been able to play more than 60 games. He looks like a Sami Salo sequel just waiting to happen. He’s missed 56 games in the last four seasons. It seems counter productive and contradictory to sign him.
While Schneider comes with playoff experience, and is a veteran of the league, his arrival also marks some other key moments in the Canucks off season. His arrival – at a pay cut from his 5.25 million from the year before – would push the Canucks to the cap, and mark the end of any Sundin speculation around his return. It also puts the Canucks in a similar situation to Calgary last season. Schneider would mean the Canucks will be near the cap ceiling and as masterful as Gillis can get with the cap, the lack of cap space might come back to hinder the Canucks at the deadline down the stretch.
The Canucks need a puck moving defenseman, but I don’t think Schneider is the solution. We don’t need another Salo. We don’t need a player to rack up the man games missed due to injury. Schneider is more disciplined than Ohlund, but the Canucks don’t need to be Schneider’s 10th NHL team.