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Schneider Considers Switzerland

As the NHL lockout hurdles past the two month mark with no end in sight, the twenty odd former Eagles in the NHL have remained fairly quiet thus far. None have ventured to Europe to stay sharp and earn a few Euros during the work stoppage and none have been amongst the more vocal members of the NHLPA.

The lone exception might be Vancouver goaltender Cory Scheneider. Schneider, through no doing of his own, has been in something of a media spotlight in recent months as the Schneider/Roberto Luongo goaltending controversy will not be resolved until the lockout is. Last week, Schneider speculated on the direction of negotiations, and now Schneider has floated that he's considering heading overseas.

"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."

Because his grandfather was born in Switzerland, Schneider would be considered a native player in Switzerland's NLA, making him a valuable commodity as a NHL caliber starter who would not count against a club's foreign player limit.

If Schneider does head to Switzerland, he'll join his former teammate at both BC and Manitoba, Ryan Shannon, who signed a three year contract with the Zurich Lions this summer. Through twenty one games thus far, Shannon is 8-10-18.

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