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article imageOp-Ed: If Canucks deal Schneider to Oilers, could they get Eberle back?

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 30, 2013 in Sports
Whether Canucks GM Mike Gillis is looking to create a better market for Roberto Luongo by floating Cory Schneider's name can't be known. But the more options he appears to have the more likely a team trying to lowball him for Luongo will raise the ante.
But let us assume he is willing to trade the 27-year-old Schneider. The team that appears to have made a serious offer is the Edmonton Oilers. With Nikolai Khabibulin an unrestricted free agent Edmonton needs a goalie and if they did make Vancouver an offer that's an indicator they are looking for one to supplant Devan Dubnyk. Schneider is good enough he could help the young Oilers grow by keeping them in games.
But who could Vancouver get in return?
The scuttlebutt is that a draft pick and prospect would come the other way. The prospect would be a forward, Vancouver is laden with talent on the back end and it's almost a certainty Gillis would want a top six forward. So given Edmonton's three number one picks from recent drafts, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, are virtually untouchable, that leaves three young forwards the Canucks could be looking at.
Those are Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner and Magnus Paajarvi. The one the Canucks would covet the most is the 23-year-old Eberle. He's not big, and Vancouver has stated they want to get bigger, but at just 5'11" he plays with grit. And he's got talent, loads of it.
Would the Oilers part with Eberle and a pick for great goaltending? With Eberle and their first round draft pick, 7th overall, for great goaltending? There may be something else that would need to go to Edmonton with Schneider, say Vancouver's 24th overall pick, but even at that if Edmonton was willing, the Canucks would have to be interested.
Or what about Gagner, also 23, and Paajarvi, 22, going the other way with that pick? For that would Vancouver send Schneider packing and send Roberto Luongo a gift with a note of apology for the past year's drama? Would they be willing to toady up to Bobby Lou and lose one of the best young goalies in the game for either of those deals?
If they have nothing growing on the vine for Roberto Luongo then chances are they would take either of those deals. But if they have something of value being dangled in front of them for Luongo's services then moving Schneider becomes far less likely.
The Canucks goalie trade talk has been going on so long it seems almost surreal that it could finally end today at the NHL entry draft, but it very well could. If not today then between now and next Friday, July 5, the beginning of the 2013 free agent frenzy.
All bets are off as to which goalie will stay and which will go.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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