Originally written June 30, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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The NHL Draft will have wide ranging implications that may take years to become clear.  It is usually the trades that make a more immediate impact.  There was a very interesting one today.  The Vancouver Canucks traded Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for their first round pick in the draft.  Vancouver picked Bo Horvat, who was one of the most significant players with the London Knights in the Memorial Cup. This ends a roughly two year period where the biggest hockey story in Vancouver was that of their two goalie system made of Schneider and Roberto Luongo.  With the salary cap, it was clear that one of them had to be moved and given that he was older and had become the backup, Roberto Luongo was the favorite.  The problem was Luongo is signed longterm until 2022 with a $5.33 million salary cap hit and nobody was willing to pay much for that contract. Eventually the solution became obvious.  Trade Cory Schneider instead.  He is 27 years old and given the increased player...
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