It looks like Mathieu Schneider has indeed played his last game for the Vancouver Canucks. The veteran defenseman cleared waivers this morning. The club could assign him to Manitoba, but it doesn’t sound like that decision has been made. Regardless, don’t expect him back in Vancouver’s blue and green.
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Mathieu Schneider cleared waivers today but won’t be rejoining the Vancouver Canucks despite blueliner Kevin Bieksa’s leg injury.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said the team and Schneider agreed to part and neither Bieksa’s skate cut nor Schneider’s waiver status changes anything.
“Mathieu’s had a really good career in the NHL and we wish him luck,” Vigneault said. “Let’s leave it at that.”
He said the 40-year-old blueliner will probably be assigned to the minors, although assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said that decision has yet to be made.
And finally, all the wrong things are now being said about Mathieu Schneider. While it’s still not been announced where he’ll be playing — likely Manitoba, but you never know — he won’t be coming back to Vancouver. How do we know that? Because AV said so. He made that quite clear this morning. I believe he means it. Asst GM Laurence Gilman had been more diplomatic, but once he heard what AV said, he too became less diplomatic. And yet Schneider seemed so happy on After Hours just three weeks ago.