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The Hockey News: Schneider Considering playing in Switzerland

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http://www.thehockey...-seriously.html

VANCOUVER - Cory Schneider's patience is starting to wear out.

The Vancouver Canucks goaltender said Monday he will look to play in Europe if the NHL lockout lasts much longer. Schneider plans to go home to the Boston area for American Thanksgiving and then explore his options in Switzerland, where he would be considered a domestic player because his grandfather was born there.

"It'll be another week, so we'll see if the talks have gone anywhere, and if not we'll have to open the door to that possibility again," he said Monday after skating with some of his teammates at the University of British Columbia.

Players have been locked out since the previous deal expired Sept. 15.

Schneider, who displaced Roberto Luongo as Vancouver's starter in the Stanley Cup playoffs, said a couple of Swiss clubs have expressed interest, based on his dual citizenship.

Like most of the Canucks' core players, he has waited to see how negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement played out rather than head overseas. While some players, such as Daniel and Henrik Sedin, have chosen to stay in Vancouver because they have children in school and do not want to disrupt their routines, Schneider remained on the West Coast even though he had more flexibility.

But as the lockout period lengthens, the Marblehead, Mass., native is becoming more anxious to stay in top form by playing meaningful games rather than working out informally with his teammates.

"If the season's cancelled, then it's hugely important, because I'm at a point in my career where I can't really sit around for 18 months and not play any games," he said. "Just as an athlete and as a professional, you want to compete and do your job. If that's the only available option, then I think you have to take it pretty seriously before (the collective bargaining agreement) gets fixed."

Schneider, a member of the NHL Players Association's bargaining committee, made the comments before league and union representatives were to meet in New York City later Monday. He was glad to see the discussions being held after the NHL had proposed a two-week moratorium on talks, but he was not overly optimistic that the latest negotiations would produce meaningful results.

Noting the final version of the deal won't be much different than what's been proposed thus far, he said progress must be made "before it's too late" and a full NHL season is scrapped for the second time since 2004-05.

"It's fun being around your teammates," he said. "That's what a lot of guys miss the most, being in the locker-room, being with your friends and teammates, and having a big group like we have here makes it easier to motivate yourself and push and get better. But at the same time, I think we're all going a little mad doing these scrimmages and practices. We want to get back to competing."

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I think this was posted somewhere already. Because I remember asking....

How much $ will Schneider make playing hockey in Switzerland?

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I think this was posted somewhere already. Because I remember asking....

How much $ will Schneider make playing hockey in Switzerland?

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Clearly showing more dedication to the game than Luongo.

I think what needs to happen is very clear.

Edit: I thought my sarcasm would be apparent, so for those who don't get it :rolleyes:

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Probably next to nothing.

*usually* the players (locked-out players) going to play in European leagues make enough to cover their insurance, but not much more than that.

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Oh I see. Which means they should consider themselves lucky to be making millions of $ in the NHL.

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Clearly showing more dedication to the game than Luongo.

I think what needs to happen is very clear.

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Is it really that clear, or are we just looking for reasons for it to be that clear?

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Clearly showing more dedication to the game than Luongo.

I think what needs to happen is very clear.

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Clearly showing more dedication to the game than Luongo.

I think what needs to happen is very clear.

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Clearly showing more dedication to the game than Luongo.

I think what needs to happen is very clear.

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Cory still has a lot to prove, I could see why he would want to stay focused. Luongo on the other hand has nothing left to prove to the sell out fans of Vancouver. I wish him the best, hope he gets moved very soon so he doesn't have to deal with some of you.

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I'll be in Switzerland for a bit in December/January. Would be sweet to catch one of his games if this is all underway by then.

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Oh I see. Which means they should consider themselves lucky to be making millions of $ in the NHL.

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Why would a veteran and proven goaltender leave his family which includes 2 children to play in Europe with the possibility of there still being an NHL season...

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I can see the article title now: "LUON-GONE". Kudos to the franchise record holder in total wins, wins per season, season winning percentage, shutout streak, total shutouts, shutouts per season, and the most accomplished goalie that this franchise ever had.

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My bet is Schneider will play somewhere this season and Lu will not. Seems Schneider wants to do everything he can to be the best he can, and playing somewhere is better than not playing at all.

Lu was was almost the same age as Schneider is now during the last lockout, and not married nor had children in 2004 and did not play during the last lockout.

After the last lockout Lu had his worst statistical season by a large margin at age 25, so the longer he goes without playing the worse he will probably start,

Lu may possibly give Full Tilt Poker a try in his off time, so all is not lost.

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If Schneider goes to Switzerland, I will do my best to watch him play. Wish I was earning Swiss Francs.

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Schneids is probably one of the guys on the team that would benefit most from going to Europe. It would get him back into "starter" mode after having to sit behind Luongo for the last 2 seasons.

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