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For Schneider, why a middling Swiss team?

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08:18 AM ET 11.29 | Cory Schneider had recently given up on playing overseas, but he appears to have changed his mind. The Vancouver Canucks' goalie has signed a deal with HC Ambri-Piotta, which is not exactly a powerhouse. The team has won only seven of 25 games so far this season and is currently 11th in the 12-team league. Ambri-Piotta, known locally as the "Bianco-Blu" (white and blues), has scored 61 goals this season and surrendered 92. In other words, the team's defence has been like, well, Swiss cheese. ... Schneider holds dual U.S.-Swiss citizenship so the team did not have to burn an import spot to sign him. The Ambri-Piotta website said Schneider's deal with the team runs through Dec. 31 with an option to renew should the NHL lockout continue into the new year.

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November 29, 2012  09:30 AM ET

I can't see why a newspaper would pretend this is important, worth mentioning, or who might care.......either on this side of the pond or the other? If the defense is that bad, and Schneider is that good (and I think he is) maybe he just wants to face a lot of shots and get in NHL game shape?

November 29, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Speaking as a goalie, it is often boring if you play on a really good team, especially when you don't care about winning all that much. He probably wants to face more shots and more of a challenge, hence the signing. He probably doesn't care about winning a swiss league.

Or maybe he just likes the town the team is located in.

November 29, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Sounds like a perfect spot to practice for shoot outs !

November 29, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I can't see why a newspaper would pretend this is important, worth mentioning, or who might care.......either on this side of the pond or the other? If the defense is that bad, and Schneider is that good (and I think he is) maybe he just wants to face a lot of shots and get in NHL game shape?

He will face a lot of shots, and good luck to him for it.

Apart from that, it's just another day as the players escape from Stalag NHL.

November 29, 2012  01:58 PM ET

""Stalag NHL""....LOL....good one.

November 29, 2012  02:45 PM ET

it's gotta be better than playing behind Roberta.

November 29, 2012  06:09 PM ET

It's a win-win for him, if they don't go anywhere well, they were bad when he got there. But if they start winning with him behind the mask....

 
November 29, 2012  07:53 PM ET

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