Schneider Trade Rumors Surface Again
Training camp is just getting started but it didn’t take long for the Cory Schneider trade rumblings to begin.
It’s gotten to the point where some have become numb to the Schneider rumors. The day will eventually come when Vancouver officially chooses to pull the plug and move their prized asset. Many expect a trade involving the former Boston College standout could come as early as training camp or as late as the trade deadline.
Most around the league view Schneider as a legit number one NHL goaltender. Just look around the league and you’ll find plenty of teams where Schneider could walk in and immediately be the guy.
Two of those teams are Columbus and Phoenix who have apparently expressed some level of interest in Schneider. Columbus heads into the season with Steve Mason as their number one and a backup with no NHL experience in Mark Dekanich. They spent a bunch of money this summer by trading for Jeff Carter as well as signing D-man James Wisniewski. You can spend as much money as you want but you better have a goaltender that can get you to where you want to go. Mason, who’s entering his fourth season, has had his moments but he’s also had stretches of inconsistency.
Spending a bunch of the Owners money and not making the playoffs is usually a recipe for firing a General Manager. Columbus may need to upgrade in goal to be taken serious as a playoff team.
You can argue Schneider’s value may never be higher than what it is today. The price tag to get Schneider will likely be a combination of at least a 1st round pick and a player who can help the Canucks today.
Doughty to Take Charge?
We all know at some point Drew Doughty will find his way into training camp. Will the holdout become the next thing among NHL players? I don’t see it getting to the level of the NFL where players will do anything they can to avoid two-a-days in August. A lot of it comes down to how well Doughty makes out. He does have some leverage when you consider how much he means to the Kings organization.
The Kings have reportedly made a 7-year offer at $6.8 per season. This process is likely being controlled by Don Meehan, one of the more powerful agents in the game. It’s a time for Meehan and his staff to hit a home run and further establish themselves as the go to agency for NHL players. Over the last several months Newport lost blue chip clients Shea Weber and Ilya Bryzgalov.
The longer this goes on the more impatient Doughty will be. He may get to the point where he instructs Meehan to get a deal done now. The idea that this extends deep into training camp and beyond the pre-season seems very pre-mature.
Turris is a Head Scratcher….
The Kyle Turris holdout is a hard one for me to figure out. Is he trying to get traded? Good luck if you’re truly commanding a contract in the $11 million range.
Kyle Turris came into the league as a high pick with a lot of expectations. He’s still maturing as a player and has a chance to make a lot of money in this game. You produce, you’ll be paid accordingly. With the addition of Daymond Lankow, Turris is probably no best than a third line center with Phoenix. Martin Hanzal is a big body who can play against Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, or David Backes. The West is loaded with big centermen.
I don’t want to come down hard on Turris but I mean he has 19 goals and 46 points in 131 career NHL games. There are a lot of agents who like to confront clients that aren’t theirs promising they can get them a better deal. I’m told there may be some of that going on here. This has put some pressure on Turris’s current agent to get a deal that may be unrealistic.
Hiller Good to go!
Good to see Jonas Hiller is feeling 100% after missing much of last season with Vertigo. Hiller saw several specialists of the last few months and finally found a guy in Switzerland who helped the All-Star goaltender get back on the ice. Word is the Doctor prescribed some exercises and performed some physical therapy that finally has Hiller symptom free.
More to come,
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