TSN is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have inked G Cory Schneider to a 2-year deal worth $900,000 per year. It is a one-way contract and likely spells the end of Andrew Raycroft's time in Vancouver.
Schneider, 24, played 60 games for the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season, collecting a career-high 35 wins, along with a .919 save percentage and four shutouts.
Canucks' fans may remember Schneider played two NHL games for the Canucks, including a marvelous performance against the Dallas Stars. He was credited with a loss, but stood on his head in making 45 saves in a 2-1 loss. At one point in that game that Canucks were outshot 40-16, while only trailing 1-0.
Schneider is expected to see more time in the NHL this season as a backup to Roberto Luongo. For GM Mike Gillis, this is also a wise move as the former AHL Goaltender of the Year will receive a longer audition against NHL competition. At best, Schneider performs well and provides Luongo some much needed days off throughout the year. On the other hand, a strong performance could also market Schneider quite well and land him in another city by the trading deadline, perhaps in exchange for a much sought after defenseman that the Canucks would love to have.
The six-foot-two, 200-pound native of Marblehead, Mass., was selected 26th overall by Vancouver in the 2004 draft.
In addition to Schneider, the Canucks also announced the signing of 2009 draft picks Anton Rodin and Peter Andersson. Rodin, 19, played in 36 games for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League in 2009-10, while 19-year old Andersson spent the 2009-10 season with Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg.
Hockey's Future suggests that Rödin's offensive game stands out thanks to his superb skating, his shot, hockey sense and puck handling. Usually scores quite spectacular goals and does not shy away from playing physical. Could use some more strength though. He has the offensive arsenal to be a productive player in the future, but has also the fundamental skills to be used as a role- and checkling line player.
Rodin, you may recall lit up the recent World Junior Championships with 10 points in 6 games for Sweden.