After saying goodbye to third-line checking center Samuel Pahlsson, the Canucks have sent out qualifying offers for Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack and Dale Weise. Now it’s time to kick back and watch the direction the team is headed after a disappointing first-round playoff loss, not to mention find out just how much Schneider is worth to the organization.
For those curious about what Schneider getting a qualifying offer means, it is just the Canucks preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent and leaving at his own fancy – he is by no means signed to the team yet.
According to News1130, Schneider’s agent Mike Liut will be meeting with Canucks management for contract talks this week in Pittsburgh before the NHL entry draft on June 22nd (Friday). In case you forgot, that is the prospective date proposed by @Samjam99 for Luongo’s trade to Toronto. After endless speculation about what kind of contract Schneider will receive and what will happen to Luongo, the inevitable conclusion has finally begun.
In other headlines, Samuel Pahlsson has taken off to play in Sweden for Modo. The Canucks are now looking to fill not only Kesler’s shoes for the beginning of the season (he will be out with shoulder surgery for the first few months) but will also have to decide if they want to continue with using their third line solely for checking. Considering how ineffective the third line was against L.A., now that Pahlsson is gone, I am leaning towards a move in the opposite direction.
Regardless of who is in net come next year, this is going to be a very interesting off-season for the Canucks.