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. From Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun): 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...Click here to read more.
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Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun) has an interesting article today about Mathieu Schneider’s “personal leave” from the Canucks. Injured Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra rejoined his teammates for an optional practice Tuesday morning but, for the third straight day, veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider was nowhere to be seen. Schneider is away due to a “personal” issue, according to club officials. General manager Mike Gillis, Schneider’s former agent, would not shed any light Tuesday on his ex-client’s mysterious absence. “Well, it’s a personal matter, really,” Gillis said. Asked whether Schneider was contemplating his future with the Canucks, or if the matter was...Click here to read more.
Well, you didn’t expect the Canucks to go 107-0 this season, did you? Without further adieu, here are today’s Canucks-related links: Cody struggles, Canucks lose. Hodgson still hurt, Shirokov skating today. Surprise, surprise… Sami got hurt again last night (but apparently he’ll be okay). Andrew Raycroft has a leg up on Cory Schneider in the battle for the backup position. More on Raycroft vs. Schneider here. Canucks get a new dressing room. And damn does it ever look slick. 29 players are left in Moose camp.Click here to read more.
The topic du jour is the Canucks’ depth on defense. With 10 defensemen on one-way contracts, the competition to be one of the top-6 or even top-8 is fierce. And plus, there’s some Cody Hodgson stuff. Alain Vigneault loves the internal competition. Brad Lukowich may be a victim of the numbers game. With Mathieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff, the Canucks added some power to their powerplay. Shane O’Brien wants to make it hard on the Canucks to cut him. It’s pronounced Hod-son; the ‘g’ is silent. Cody Hodgson is back skating with the big boys.Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com I’ll be going to training camp today so keep an eye out on my Twitter feed. In the meantime, here are some Canucks-related links on the Interweb: Joe Pelletier welcomes everyone to Terrace, Hockeyville. Move over Ryan Walter, the new Canucks have Stanley Cup rings too. Vigneault is looking for this season’s Kesler and Burrows. Tony Gallagher doesn’t want four more years of Vigneault. Mark Parrish got giddy when he got the call from the Canucks. Raymond and Wellwood need to watch their back. Taylor Pyatt is starting over in Phoenix.Click here to read more.
Sarah Vital has been a big Mathieu Schneider fan for 16 years, and even has a blog – The Unofficial Mathieu Schneider Homepage – dedicated entirely to the new Canucks defenseman. In the following guest post, Sarah tells us more about the man they call “Schnieds” and what we should expect from him. ——— Photo credit: The Unofficial Mathieu Schneider Homepage Any unmarried person over the age of 30 has experienced the “if he/she is so great, why is he/she still single” conundrum. The same unease comes with “journeymen” in the sports world. If he’s so great, why has he...Click here to read more.
Just when I was coming around to doubting Gillis, he pulls a trade that rights the ship all of a sudden. For the entire off season the Canucks had made moves that didn’t put them ahead of where they were last year, but rather were moves necessary just for them to keep pace with the rest of the division and conference and keep them on par with where they were last season. Gillis after being quiet most of the off season in addressing the needs for a top 6 forward and a top 4 defenseman landed three defenseman – 2...Click here to read more.
The lovely J.J. re did our sidebar and it looks gorgeous doesn’t it? The only thing is, it tells me exactly when my last post was. July?!?! Sweet Swede on a meatball! What a terrible, terrible blogger I am. I should go to the blogger penalty box for a 10 minute major or something. Do I need to make a sacrifice to the blogger gods? I do apologize, my lovelies. Just know that I still really do love you. I love you madly. Starting in September I’m going to blog so much you’ll be sick of me. Anywaysssss, we have...Click here to read more.