Everyone talks about Roberto Luongo and how great he is while he’s in the net but people tend to forget about Cory Schneider. Schneider has a very impressive record of 14-5-1 this season. He actually has a better goals against average (2.13) then Luongo (2.34).
The question is will Vancouver finally decide to pay for what they are getting from Schneider? He is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and the Canucks are going to have to pay a lot more than they are now if they want to keep him. Schneider makes $900,000 a year right now which is a steal of a deal for Vancouver.
I wonder where Schneider will go? There are a lot of teams in desperate need of a reliable goaltender right now. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at the top of that list and with Dwayne Roloson’s contract being up at the end of the season; that leaves a spot open for a goaltender to be added. Another team that needs a goalie is the Toronto Maple Leafs. James Reimer hasn’t been the same since he was injured at the beginning of the season and Jonas Gustavsson, who came up big for the Leafs earlier in the season has now become inconsistent.
There are many teams that could use a new starting goaltender but it will all come down to how much they are willing to pay. I am betting that next season Cory Schneider will not be a back-up goaltender. He is starting goaltender material and he needs his opportunity to shine.