2010 Trade Deadline Preview: Four More to Watch

Jeff Angus

2010-01-29

Cory Schneider

 

There are a few certainties as we head towards deadline day on March 3rd. Atlanta is going to move Ilya Kovalchuk. The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes are going to be sellers, and as much as Brian Burke says otherwise, the Leafs will be joining them. However, like every over deadline, there will be some surprises and deals that come out of leftfield. In addition to the usual veterans and impending free agents on the move, there are a few younger players who may find new homes on March 3rd.

 

 

1) Cory Schneider (2010 RFA)

Schneider is widely regarded as one of the best goaltenders not currently in the NHL, along with Jonathan Bernier and Jacob Markstrom. He is set to become a free agent this summer, and if the Canucks do not move him by that point the will be ripe for the picking in terms of an offer sheet. There are realistically three teams in the league that could have interest in Schneider at the deadline this year: Dallas, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

 

Dallas has made it pretty clear that Marty Turco is not a part of their long term plans. Backup Alex Auld is seeing lots of starts lately, and there have been a few rumours swirling that the Stars may try and dump Turco at the deadline. They have some solid young players at both forward and defence who they could move in a potential deal for Schneider. The Stars best goaltending prospect, Richard Bachman, is currently toiling in the ECHL because the Stars don’t have room for him on their AHL affiliate up the road in Austin. He isn't as NHL ready as Schneider nor does he possess the same upside. and doesn't possess much upside either. A move that may work for both teams would be Schneider for Ivan Vishnevskiy, straight across. It also depends on how the Canucks value Vishnevskiy. Steve Ott is about to become a free agent and the Canucks would love to have him, but Dallas is hard at work trying to extend Ott long term.

The Flyers have a giant question mark in between the pipes after this season as well. Ray Emery is a free agent, and Michael Leighton is nothing more than a short term solution. The Flyers have some decent depth at the position with Nicola Riopel and Joacim Ericsson, but again neither have the pedigree of Schneider. There have been Schneider to Philadelphia rumours circulating for over a year now and as the saying goes, where there is smoke there often is fire. Because the goalie market is so weak (and has been for a while), Schneider's value is going to be defined by how each individual team