As the Roberto Luongo trade talks dragged on, the Canucks left themselves exposed to a hostile free-agent bid on fellow Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider.
But GM Mike Gillis eliminated that risk by getting an agreement in principle with Schneider on a three-year, $12 million contract.
While the total dollars are less than what Ondrej Pavelec got to re-sign in Winnipeg (five years, $19.5-million), Schneider would get a slightly higher salary and a quicker crack at free agency.
But the contract pales in comparison to the 10-year. $58 million deal that established star Jonathan Quick got in Los Angeles.
This signing makes Luongo’s exit more likely, since Vancouver’s combined salary cap hit for the goaltenders would be $9.3 million per year.
With Vancouver looking to invest in free agent additions, that cap hit would be untenable. This signing led to speculation that the Canucks are closer to moving Luongo.