Native New Yorker and one-time Ranger Mathieu Schneider will continue his career in Vancouver this season, giving the Canucks a playoff tested veteran who still has a little bit left in the tank.
Schneider was never a fan favorite in New York, often seen as a big time offensive defenseman that was brought to Broadway in a trade for Alexander Karpovtsev. But Schneider wasn’t worth all the hype that his game brought to the table.
Sure half of his scoring was done on the power play unit, but he totaled 64 points in two seasons, and a combined -25 plus/minus. He was never really able to provide the type of 1-2 punch with Brian Leetch from the blue line that Ranger executives had in mind.
The Rangers decided to let him go in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Now, at the ripe age of 40, he hopes to bring his veteran leadership and 1993 Cup championship ring to a Vancouver team that is trying to take a step up the ladder toward a title.