I’ve been wrong a lot lately regarding the goaltending situation in Vancouver. When rumours began to swirl that Cory Schneider was on the block, I scoffed, telling a number of different outlets that it seemed like the Canucks were bluffing in order to create some leverage for a Roberto Luongo trade.
The day after the Schneider trade, I gathered my bearings and weighed in a second time. I closed the piece by saying this: “The best I can say about the way this entire mess finally ended is that, at least, in a sense, it finally ended.”
Nope. You fool.
As it turns out, the Cory Schneider trade didn’t end the drama. Not even close. It just took it in a weird, slightly more personal, far less professional direction, like when Kara Thrace returns from the dead in Battlestar Galactica and she’s all emotional and weird and then she disappears into the sky or whatever.
In the days since, not only has the move led to Luongo watch — as reports continue trickling out that the Canucks are sending pretty much everybody in the organization short of Fin and Nicole van Zanten down to Florida to speak to him — but now we even have this unsourced, vague rumour from Bill Watters:
Schneider ‘s exit from Vancouver was precipitated by off ice issues,rather than goaltending and financial as outlined in Gillis’rationale.
— Bill Watters (@RealBillWatters) July 3, 2013
In an interview with Dave Pratt on CKNW, Watters dropped this little nugget, in addition to telling those listening that Schneider had requested a trade from Vancouver.
This all sounds pretty sketchy to me. As Greg Wyshynski pointed out, when Watters speaks of off-ice issues, let us hope and pray he isn’t giving credence to this ridiculous rumour from an Edmonton radio listener:
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 3, 2013
Pro-tip to people spreading completely unfounded infidelity rumours: think of Poonerman.
Furthermore, if you’re going to concoct and spread this garbage, maybe do a little research on your relationship statuses. Cory Schneider doesn’t have a girlfriend. He has a fiancé. And later this summer, he will have a wife.
Again, I want to believe Watters isn’t legitimizing this. I hate to even link him to it, but for what it’s worth, if you’re going to drop the “off-ice issues” bomb without clarifying, you leave yourself open to being connected to lowest-common denominator trash like this. Either tell us what you think you actually know, or run the risk of being hockey’s National Enquirer. Join us next week when Watters lets us know which Canucks have the worst bikini bodies.
But as to the idea that Schneider wanted out, while I’m more than willing to believe he made like Luongo and told the Canucks he didn’t want to be back if the goaltending situation wasn’t sorted out, I don’t buy a full-on request. If he did want out, then the smart thing for the Canucks to do would be to say so, no? It might make them look little better.
Instead, everybody is denying that this is the case.
For the record, both #Canucks front office and Schneider’s agent Mike Liut denied that there was any trade request.
— Dave Pratt (@DavePrattNW980) July 3, 2013
It’s possible that, maybe, the Canucks think they’d look even sillier if they admitted their handling of this fiasco led to trade requests from both goalies. But it doesn’t explain why Liut would go along with keeping that under wraps.
More than likely, when a seemingly shell-shocked Schneider told Ben Kuzma after the trade, “I always thought I was going to spend the rest of my career there when I signed my extension,” he was being genuine. And today’s injection of unsubstantiated gossip is an unwelcome and unnecessary crock of crap.
In the end, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I almost envy the Philadelphia Flyers, who have been playing with no goalie at all for years. All of a sudden, it sounds nice.