The Canucks have qualified their two young goalies. Does it mean anything for their old one?
News 1130 reported this morning that the Canucks have extended qualifying offers to goaltenders Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack. Some on Twitter are seeing this as a sign the Canucks have decided on their goalies for the future. Not quite.
Really, all it does is ensure that the team will retain negotiating rights with the two. If the Canucks had not qualified Schneider or Lack, they’d become unrestricted free agents on July 1, and the team could lose them for nothing. The move was expected.
What happens now? Well, the ball is in the players’ court. Either they accept the offers and move forward, or they reject (Schneider will almost certainly reject), thereby agreeing to continue negotiating new contracts as restricted free agents.
So will Roberto Luongo be traded because of this? No clue. But we do know that the Canucks would much rather have Schneider signed to a contract before getting rid of Lou. The next few weeks will be interesting to watch.
Really, it’s not huge news. So let’s all go back to watching the Euro, and for the sake of Luongo’s sanity, praying that Italy can win today.