The rumours have been swirling for some time now that the Canucks are making their way closer to signing UFA defenseman, Mathieu Schneider. Last night, Sportsnet posted a quick hit making light of the rumour and it's possible finish in the near future. The reported deal is said to be for one season at a cost of $1.5 million.
Schneider, 40, split time between Atlanta and Montreal in 2009, playing in 67 games, scoring 9 goals and adding 23 assists. Even at that veteran age, Schneider was picking up plenty of power play ice-time for the Habs upon his return, which definitely helped his overall production for the year. Schneider finished as the 47th ranked defender in terms of pool points, which should still keep him in the discussion for being draft worthy this Fall.
The Canucks have been looking for another defenseman to help out their team from the back-end, especially on their power play. A move like this could be beneficial to the team, both financially and experience-wise.