Mike Gillis may have a Twitter account, but he’s not exactly active. Prior to today, he hadn’t tweeted for 5 months. Before that, there was a 4-month gap. His tweets are generally perfunctory, safe, and uninteresting. While he promised to be “active and update every few days” with his first tweet back on November 10, 2010, he has a grand total of 53 tweets in over one and a half years.
His Twitter account isn’t exactly a must-follow, is what I’m saying. But today he had something interesting to say that every Canucks fan wanted to hear: the Canucks and Cory Schneider have agreed to a new contract.
We have agreed in principle to a deal with Cory Schneider. More news in the next few days.
— Mike Gillis (@GMMikeGillis) June 29, 2012
That, my friends, is a report. According to many people in the know around the NHL, the deal is for 3 years and is worth $12 million for a $4 million cap hit, which is just $100,000 more than Ondrej Pavelec’s new cap hit with the Winnipeg Jets and $500,000 more than Tuukka Rask, who just re-upped with the Boston Bruins.
More importantly to some folks, it’s $1,333,333 less than Roberto Luongo’s annual cap hit, making an eventual Luongo trade seem like even more of an inevitability. Unless the Canucks want to have over $9 million of their cap hit taken up by their goaltending, one of the two is on his way out of town. It won’t be Schneider.
With that said, Schneider’s signing doesn’t mean that a Luongo deal will be happening soon. Don’t take the “More news in the next few days” as indicating that the “more news” will be Luongo getting dealt. The summer is long and NHL General Managers are stubborn, so I fully expect the trade negotiations to be long and arduous.
In the meantime, congratulations to Cory Schneider, who fully deserves the new deal after being patient and professional in his development with the Canucks. His first big money deal comes at the age of 26, after spending 3 years at Boston College, 3 more in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, and 2 years as a backup to Luongo. His patience should be used as an example to all the other prospects in the organization.
I sincerely hope that the fans have the same patience with Schneider, as they get to know him better as a player and realize that like every other star goaltender, he will have some bad games. I also hope that those bad games are few and far between and that none of them occur in the playoffs. Most of all, I hope that one day I see him raise the Stanley Cup over his head while wearing a Canucks jersey.Tags: contract extensions, Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo