Breaking: Canucks Trade Schneider, Acquire 9th Overall Pick (Bo Horvat)

The Canucks have acquired the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft in exchange, straight up, for goaltender Cory Schneider.

They then used that pick to reach and select London Knights forward Bo Horvat.

The Canucks had decided mid-week to deal Cory Schneider rather than Roberto Luongo, who had proven impossible to move over the past fourteen months. Patching up the club’s relationship with Luongo will now take center stage, presumably, this summer.

Cory Schneider is a very safe bet to be an average NHL starter for the New Jersey Devils, and he’s got a good shot at being a well above average NHL goalie with an outside shot of projecting as a true star. Cory Schneider will now take on the pressure of succeeding Martin Brodeur in New Jersey, and perhaps the Devils Hall of Famer can teach him a thing or two about handling the puck…

What a twist…

  • khlhfs

    Can’t believe it, I thought Luongo would be moved for change before Schneider was moved.

    I feel like he got too little in return though, I would’ve liked to see a good young player/prospect.

  • Jordan.

    I don’t follow junior hockey at all but this seems like a small return for a goalie with the stats and reputation of Schneider. Congrats to the Devils, though. They’ve cornered the market on likeable goaltenders.

  • khlhfs

    I was in the other room when I heard the tirade of expletives from my Wife. I knew. Shocked, but then I expected to be today. Could have got more…but hope this Horvat kid proves the inevitable critics wrong. Gillis, on the other hand, has a long way to go to mend fences with my Wife.

      • GarthButchers

        Yep, I’m pretty sure I heard some Hodgson in wedged in there among the stream of curses, along with how useless Gillis is as a part of the female anatomy. I think I’ll have to avoid the subject of hockey here for a few days until she cools off. I learned a couple of new colourful phrases over the last hour and a bit, so personally it’s not all a loss.

  • GarthButchers

    Gillis has set this team back about 5-8 years if you combine the Hodgson trade with the trade today.

    Our organization spent the past 8 years developing Schnieder into a potential top 5 goalie in the league and the best Gillis got in return was a top 10 pick.

    I dont expect Gillis to have a job past this year.

    And wasn’t the leafs offering a prospect and a pick for Luongo? Way to talk yourself down Gillis….. You are ruining this team that Burke built 8 YEARS AGO!!!!!!

  • khlhfs

    Something had to give & did it ever. Before us Nuck fans go overboard on trading Cory consider all factors & Bo Horvat’s ability. The CBA hurting the options GMMG had he has done what was best. The Cap issues were not MG’s doing & he did get a viable trade done & can keep making more moves if he thinks it improves us for another cup run.

    Welcome Bo & luv what u bring to the table

  • khlhfs

    People forget two simple words. Eddie Lack. Sure it would have been nice to get some immediate help with a Schneider trade, but our goaltending pool is by no means thin.

  • GarthButchers

    Irrespective of the return on the Schneider trade, it has been terrible asset management to sit on Schneider for two years instead of trying to improve the team in front of Luongo.

    The Canucks were at the top of the win curve the last year or two. This trade will only make it harder next season.

    Even if this player “hits” his ceiling of a 2nd/3rd line centre, is that actually going to make a difference 2-4 years down the road?

      • JCDavies

        On what basis can you say with any certainty that Schneider’s trade value is higher now than it was a year ago?

        The Canucks were backed into a wall and everyone knew it. That does not bode well for maximizing a return.

        • JCDavies

          I can’t say either way, but I think Schneider is worth more than Gillis got for him and I think he was worth more than a top-ten pick last summer also. However, in 2011, when the Canucks were at the “top of the win curve”, he wouldn’t have fetched the Canucks a top-ten pick.

          • JCDavies

            Okay so then what would have been wrong with trading Schneider after the defeat to LA?

            This last season the Canucks spent over $9 mil on two goalies and wasted 2 assets for rental Roy.

            Clearly Gillis made a pretty big mistake somewhere in this 15+ month process and it has hurt the org depth chart tremendously as well as wasting 1-2 years of the Sedin/Lou window.

          • JCDavies

            No, trading Schneider at that time probably would’ve been the correct move but the window where Schneider was worth more than a top-ten pick was small: a period of about 16 months that included a lockout, a new CBA, and a declining salary cap. The idea that this was a persistent issue for a long period of time without extenuating circumstances isn’t correct.

            Also, Luongo didn’t have to go on national TV and volunteer himself to be traded. Things might have turned out differently if he hadn’t done that. Perhaps Gillis fires AV, keeps Luongo and begins to shop Schneider immediately.

          • JCDavies

            “Also, Luongo didn’t have to go on national TV and volunteer himself to be traded.”

            What does that have to do with choosing Schneider over Lou?

            If Schneider was traded today, how can we accept that he wasn’t traded a year ago coming off a .930-something save percentage and even better numbers in 3 playoff games?

            We obviously don’t agree on the sequencing here. Read Botchford’s twitter if you want to get even more upset about all this.

            Also, something that I think is being downplayed is that fact that a 2nd round pick and KConn had to be used on a 3LC rental this past season because a goalie (i.e. Lou) wasn’t traded.

            That’s part of the equation along with rebuffing the Oilers offer for Schneider.

          • JCDavies

            “Read Botchford’s twitter if you want to get even more upset about all this.”

            Already pretty frustrated.

            “What does that have to do with choosing Schneider over Lou?”

            I don’t know how you don’t see Luongo’s role in all this; he put himself at the center of it by speaking to the media. By publicly volunteering to be traded, he made himself the guy who should be traded.

          • JCDavies

            By all accounts Lou has handled this situation much better than expected.

            “I don’t know how you don’t see Luongo’s role in all this; he put himself at the center of it by speaking to the media.”

            You are putting far too much emphasis on a player answer directing questions from media members.

            If he didn’t, he’d be getting grilled for ducking the media.

            Damned if you do and such.

            Lou answering questions in the media has nothing to do with Gillis’ ineptitude.

      • JCDavies

        I should add that trading Schneider earlier may have precluded the need for rental Roy. That was a complete waste of two assets and I am sure Dallas is quite happy right now.

  • JCDavies

    @ allan Nielsen

    Oilers didn’t offer 8 (which is actually 7)+2nd rounder+ and prospect, that is what Gillis wanted from them. They said that was to rich and passed on it. And yes it matters that they are in our division. Imagine Oilers youth backed by a good goalie we would be hurting ourselves.

  • Jordan.

    Canucks trade away more of their future, they don’t have a past and they have no idea what the hell theyre doing. Gillis is one some mission to destroy an already crappy choke team. With a guy like Gillis running this team, you don;t need opponents, that’s for sure! LOL