I rather the canucks to trade for a younger defenseman rather than going for someone who is close to retire.
trading will force us to give up assets. Schneider does not require any assets to acquire. This is what we need, and he can mentor guys like Edler, Bieska, on top of that, take ice time away from our defenders (in a good way type of take ice time away).
I'm in the "happy to hear this rumour" camp. Is Schneider a key piece to our team's future core? Obviously not, the guy's gonna retire any time now. But the thing is, he's proven that he's still very effective on the PP and that's really all this team needs right now; a PP quarterback. Our top 4 of Mitchell, Salo, Bieksa, and Edler can all play defense. It's the puck moving skills the Canucks lack and Schneider will provide that until one of the organization's D prospects is ready to step up or until Edler proves he's the #1 guy.
He's a stop gap folks, nothing more. He's essentially playing the same role that Sundin played, except at a different position.
If he's as inept defensively as people suggest then just put him on the 3rd pairing with O'Brien and have Bieksa play with Edler on the top pairing:
Don't like this move. Too old. We still have Cory Schneider to trade assuming we get Luongo locked up.
...The dude scored 17 points in 23 games with Montreal last year. If you watched ANY Habs action after he got there he was THE key on that power play...More than Markov...More than Kovalev.
On a 1 year deal he's EXACTLY what our PP needs. If this is indeed true this team is now set up very nicely for another run at the division and another try at the playoffs.
We upgraded our point production from the back end. Added some Stanley cup experience with both Schneider and Samuelsson (if this signing happens), and Samuelsson and Hodgson together should at least replace the offense gone with Pyatt and Sundin.
Signing Schneider at a reasonable cost would be a good move. Sure he is old and will have ups and downs, possibly even be completely washed up, but give it a shot. For those saying another trade has to be made, well try this first, it doesn't necessarily prevent another trade from happening. We should expect 1-2 dmen to go down with longish injuries (and of course we expect salo will only play his 60 games)
He's pretty old and not that effective even strength. however, he's gold on the PP. This is a win/lose situation.
Why? Our defense is deep enough so Schneider will have to play 4th or 5th D minutes at most. Pair him with someone steady like Salo and it could be a great pairing. Schneider is a better puck mover than anyone we have right now.